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The River of Doubt Audiobook

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

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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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    Evan W. 10-08-16
    Evan W. 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Narration was fantastic and the story was very interesting. What an interesting man Roosevelt was.

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    lisa d. 09-22-16
    lisa d. 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "what an incredible life story!"

    This was the perfect blend of entertainment, historical reference, geological adventure, biography, and thriller. I couldn't stop listening! The entire book is well written, and gives you just tell right amount of background on each part of the story, without over doing it. I had no idea how facetted of a person Roosevelt was, and I am thoroughly amazed at his life.

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    S. Gilbride New York City 09-20-16
    S. Gilbride New York City 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing journey, beautifully told"

    Highly recommended! I was captivated the whole way through. The narrator is easy to listen to, and the prose are fluid and clear.

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    William L. Korstad Denver, Colorado 09-14-16
    William L. Korstad Denver, Colorado 09-14-16 Member Since 2008
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    If one thinks the world does not need another book about Theodore Roosevelt, one would be very wrong. Millard says more about Teddy during this brief moment in his life than most authors do covering his entire lifetime. The story of the man is cleverly woven into a detailed description of the rainforest, it's denizens and his fellow travelers. A truly brilliant account.

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    Phillip Laramie, WY, United States 09-11-16
    Phillip Laramie, WY, United States 09-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Endlessly Interesting"
    What did you love best about The River of Doubt?

    Candice Millard struck gold with this story! MIllard found a fascinating historical topic that has not been overly written about, and then wrote what is probably going to be the definitive book on it. This book beautifully weaves together a biographical account of Theodore Roosevelt's life, the perils of the expedition into the Amazonian jungle, the intellectual and social mood of the early 20th century, and a thorough biology lesson as well. I honestly picked this book on kind of a whim, and immediately knew I made the right choice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I ended up listening to all of it in the course of a long weekend


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    DAVID MILLER 09-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story, but a hard read"

    Interesting story but it was hard to read as there was nothing uplifting about the story but Roosevelt's attitude. I found the focus on the evolution of the Amazon creatures redundant, as we're each perilous adventure.

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    William Dell, Montana, USA 08-18-16
    William Dell, Montana, USA 08-18-16
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    "Riveting story - Extremely well written"

    Theodore Roosevelt has been my hero all my life....but it wasn't until I experienced this book that I found out "All the reasons"why. The narrator does an incredible job of bringing the different characters to life. The author does an extraordinary job of putting you in the rain forest, with the expedition. Listening to this book changed my heart rate at times. I listened to it twice and will definitely be doing a third.

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    D. Stephens 08-05-16
    D. Stephens 08-05-16
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    "Interesting, we'll done."

    Reminded me of 1776 with the accounts of history woven into a riveting story. Should offer in history classes, unless it was all made up.

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    Neal 08-01-16
    Neal 08-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book and well read."

    I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. It will take you back to a different time and place. it will stir your heart for adventure.

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    cameron wray 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing listen!"

    An unbelievable adventure!!! Such an honorable and amazing man! A true inspiration! Deserves another listen!

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