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Into Africa Audiobook

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

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Publisher's Summary

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes. The man sent to find him was an orphan and a drifter who had great ambition but little success to show for it. The book shows how, over the course of their nine-year relationship, Stanley ironically rose in power and prominence while Livingstone was relegated to isolation and danger in Africa.

©2003 Martin Dugard; (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It is rare when a historical narrative keeps readers up late into the night....But author and adventurer Dugard...makes a suspenseful tale out of journalist Stanley's successful trek through the African interior to find and rescue a stranded Livingstone....This is a well-researched, always engrossing book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dugard imbues the narrative with a keen sense of urgency that propels this compelling account along." (Booklist)
"An action-packed recounting of one of the most famous incidents in the history of exploration. Fine entertainment for adventure buffs, solidly researched and fluently told." (Kirkus)
"Crisp vivid language...transports the armchair adventurer from the jungle muck to the mountain peak." (Esquire)

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    Pamela M. Southern California 10-06-12
    Pamela M. Southern California 10-06-12 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Not for Everyone..........."

    I am into explorer stories and learning about Africa so this book was on my list of reads and I am happy I can finally cross it off the list. I don’t see this book appealing to most. It reads like a history text book and at times my mind would wonder off and I would have to hit the go back key to keep up, which is a rarity for me. I wish it would have been written more like a story instead of statements or facts for it would have been more enjoyable. There is a lot of rape, murder, torture, sickness and other gross topics so it’s not for the young or faint at heart. Unless you’re really into explorer history I would use my credit on something more enjoyable!

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    David Halifax, NS, Canada 09-03-12
    David Halifax, NS, Canada 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect"

    An amazing story, told extremely well. John Lee's narration is superb and Martin Dugard's storytelling is very skilful; it's hard to stop listening. Great work.

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    LucyLu 06-18-12
    LucyLu 06-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.

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    "Engrossing and informative"

    I love historical books that really tell a story about the people involved, and the era in which the action takes place, and if you do, too, this book doesn't disappoint. I read extensively in this genre, and found this book particularly interesting because I really didn't know much of anything about the story beyond Livingstone being an African explorer. Embarrassingly, I knew so little that I assumed he and Stanley were partners in this quest. Boy, did I learn a lot! Both men were truly interesting, with Livingstone emerging as the more purely noble, and Stanley emerging as a little more interesting due to his complexities and character flaws. I don't want to ruin it for you, as the adventure is compelling.

    Finally, John Lee is a particular favorite of mine, and his completely credible accents, pacing, and inflection are, as always, top-notch. His narration always makes a good book that much better. Highly recommend this audible book.

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    Susan Alta Loma, CA, United States 12-10-11
    Susan Alta Loma, CA, United States 12-10-11

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    "A very interesting story"

    The characters are very well described and the description of their journies into Africa make you feel like you were almost there with them (but thankfully weren't!).

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    Gerardo Corregidora, Mexico 12-09-11
    Gerardo Corregidora, Mexico 12-09-11
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    "Excellent Story, not so quite audio."

    I would say in general is a good story, very detailed written in the beginning and then ending in a few pages. The audio is not very good and the reader keeps faking accents. I don't think I would recommend this audio book.

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    Greg Melbourne, FL, United States 09-26-11
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    "Best Book in a Long Time"

    "Into Africa" was an awesome tale. Thoroughly detailed, it chronicles the entire Stanley and Livingstone saga. John Lee brings the story to life in a way few other could. Highly recommend!

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    Anthony 06-08-11
    Anthony 06-08-11 Member Since 2013
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    "good stuff"

    great book - highly recommend -- loved the narrator though I think he could have toned down the voice he gave Stanley. Definitely pick it up.

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    Triggerfish 01-30-11
    Triggerfish 01-30-11
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    "Outstanding!"

    In recent months, I've read "River Of Doubt", "Lost City Z", and this title in the exploration/adventure vein. This was by far the best of the three. Terrific pace, flawless narration. It was a great listen all the way through.

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    Mary Walnut Creek, CA, USA 04-21-10
    Mary Walnut Creek, CA, USA 04-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Dugard review"

    Excellent book. Interesting information about Africa and well written

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    fred greensboro nc 04-17-10
    fred greensboro nc 04-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Spoiler Alert: They do eventually meet"

    At times this book seems as long and drawn out as the Nile. At other times I found it to be very interesting and exciting. There are a ton of wonderful characters who made a mark on 19th and even 20th Century world events. With extensive description of hardships endured along the way and violent confrontations, this is not a book for the faint-hearted. I have a new appreciation for the different viewpoints of those involved with African slavery. Do not pass this one up but beware of slow parts...just like any other adventure.

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