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