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The River of Doubt Audiobook

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: It's a rare audiobook of any genre that keeps me on the edge of my seat. But a history book? Yet, as I listened to this impeccably researched biography/adventure, I could feel death around every bend of the Amazon. I really didn't know whether TR's quest for glory would be his last. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt; it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt's life, here is Candice Millard's dazzling debut.

©2005 Candice Miller; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Millard...nails the suspense element of this story perfectly, but equally important to her success is the marvelous amount of detail she provides on the wildlife that Roosevelt and his fellow explorers encountered on their journey, as well as the cannibalistic indigenous tribe that stalked them much of the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sandra Bronx, NY 06-23-15
    Sandra Bronx, NY 06-23-15 Member Since 2017

    Love to listen while cooking or cleaning at home

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    "Ted's Excellent ADVENTURE!!!"
    What did you love best about The River of Doubt?

    The Entire book was chock full of wonderful descriptions, history and lore of an Era gone by and a River still present.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole adventure from beginning to end was told in such precise detail and first hand accounts, that it felt as if you were floating down The River of Doubt with the entire party. The love between Teddy Roosevelt and his son Kermit was so touching and revealed a side of The Man one rarely hears about in political books. Also, the tragedies that Teddy Roosevelt overcame in his life and how he approached & viewed mayhem. murder and life threatening injuries on the river was such an inspiration. I was sorry when the book ended.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, cry, sent chills down my spine and made me nauseous in parts. As some one who has travelled to The Amazon on a VERY organized & comfortable trip and only "survived" a week in the intense humidity and pelting rain, I can't even IMAGINE how rugged and tough the men on the expedition must've been!!!


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    David V. Wilmington, DE United States 06-21-15
    David V. Wilmington, DE United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Exceptional!"

    Millard provides the perfect amount of background on TR to set the stage for one of the greatest exploration adventures in history. Additionally, she provides wonderful detail on the flora and fauna of the rainforest.

    Anyone who likes TR, the outdoors, exploration, this book is for you!

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    Anon E Mouse 05-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Teddy was a stud!!"

    I've listened to so many outstanding historical adventure stories, and this one ranks right up there with all the others. I can't even imagine anyone making this journey. I loved "Endurance - Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, but they were shipwrecked and had no better choices than to do what they did. Teddy and his entourage made this unimagineable journey voluntarily! The consensus reviews are great, but I'm surprised that they're not even better. Well worth the investment.

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    Fernando J. 05-15-15
    Fernando J. 05-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, could not stop listening."

    I really enjoyed this book, the narration was really well done and the book is very well written. This is an amazing story.

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    kyle 04-28-15
    kyle 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "horrible."

    Candice was generous to give this story much life and detail. Paul's Narrations were beautiful start to finish.
    A little too much beautiful detail in this book.
    pretty sure I got malaria just listening to it.

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    Anthony B. Ford Phoenix, Arizona, USA 04-21-15
    Anthony B. Ford Phoenix, Arizona, USA 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A masterwork by Millard but mediocre reading."
    Would you try another book from Candice Millard and/or Paul Michael?

    I would definitely try another book by Candice Millard, but I would avoid Paul Michael as a narrator. Michael mispronounces words and names (the camarada Julio, who murdered a fellow worker on the Rondon/Roosevelt expedition, is mispronounced as Julio with a J as in Jewel, when, being a Latino name, it should be pronounced with the J as in the name Juan. Every time he says Julio with a hard J it just grates on me. Trying an effeminate reading style when recounting statements by Edith Roosevelt and other women is just silly, as is a phony English accent from someone identified as British. Reading with voices is something I do for my third-graders, but other than reading for emphasis, adults really don't need someone inventing voices for them. It's a bad approach.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I first read this book years ago, being an admirer of Theodore Roosevelt I was fascinated to hear about this expedition. I knew in the back of my mind that Roosevelt had gone to South America after he lost as a third-party candidate for President, but really knew no other details. Millard's descriptions and story are top-notch.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    Anyone who knows how to pronounce names (including scientific names of plants and animals). I could have done a better job, and I mean that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Definitely. This movie would be a money-maker.


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    Wes 04-13-15
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    "Interesting story. Great adventure"

    Pretty cool story. I learned a lot about the character and personality of Theodore Roosevelt that that I hadn't heard before. This is a good story of an extreme adventure. Not phenomenal, but still worth the listen. Why does it tell me to "complete writing my review?" This is my review. It is complete. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

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    Jeremy Palo Alto, CA, United States 04-01-15
    Jeremy Palo Alto, CA, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Insects, Toil, Starvation Come to Life"

    Well researched, written and narrated. A window into true grit, time and place. Worth it.

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    john sponsler overland park,ks, kansas United States 03-20-15
    john sponsler overland park,ks, kansas United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Where was THIS story in History Class?!"
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    I have driven a truck for over 20 years and have listened to hundreds of audio books, only a few have made me so I couldn't wait for the next day of work so as to keep listening-this book is one of them! It is the classic travel adventure tale inline with "Undaunted Courage" and the "Odyssey". Candice Millard did an awesome job putting it all together. Paul Michael, the narrator, is one of the best in the business. (He has performed the "The Da Vinci Code" among others) Buy it-you will not be disappointed!!

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    D. Baugh 03-19-15
    D. Baugh 03-19-15
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    "Incredible Story"
    What did you love best about The River of Doubt?

    If this were a fictional story, it would only rate 2 stars. The fact that it is true and involved one of the most iconic presidents of the United States earns it the additional stars. It is incredible what they went through and survived in a time when adventure and discoveries were such an exciting part of the world.


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