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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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    Chris 03-18-16
    Chris 03-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Love the History but sometime the drama..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I learned a lot. Glad I finished it as I almost quit in the slow beginning.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The details of T Roosevelt's family history


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't like the accents at first, but after awhile I became accustom to them


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

    Yes


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    The author does a great job with the history and I know the trip was an epic adventure, but sometimes the incredible amount of drama became overwhelming.

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    Joann Kuhr Downers Grove, IL 02-25-16
    Joann Kuhr Downers Grove, IL 02-25-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Stranger than fiction"

    Excellently told history of a little known episode in the life of Theodore Roosevelt. A journey into the heart of darkness that had a profound impact on TR and his family, especially his second son.

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    dreamsgirl 02-23-16
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    "Exciting true story!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The narrator was excellent and the legacy of Roosevelt is simply astounding. A truly unique individual who is brought to life in this book.

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    Looking4ward2more New England 02-15-16
    Looking4ward2more New England 02-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story, written to make you feel like you were there"

    This was a great historical account of Some of Teddy's earlier life, but when the story focuses on the trip down the river, it's totally engaging and the details make you feel like you were right there with them. It reads like a novel for it's excitement, and makes you long for the men of today to be as valiant and honorable as they were then. A great book!

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    Keto 02-11-16
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    Very well done. I really enjoyed this telling of a piece of history that I had known nothing about. The author and narrator are both very good.

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    T. daniels UP YOURS 02-07-16
    T. daniels UP YOURS 02-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent psychological character sketch"

    Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit seem to struggle with bipolar Mood Disorder.

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    Rebecca 12-03-15
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    "A fascinating and difficult story! Good read!"

    This was an excellent story of a huge and self-centered man who was both adventurous, braver, and foolish. Roosevelt didn't worry about his own safety and consequently got others killed.

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    Jeff Page Windsor, VT United States 09-03-15
    Jeff Page Windsor, VT United States 09-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Really epic read. Loved it."

    You won't regret a moment of your time spent on this harrowing and much of the time melancholy tale.

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    BradNYC NYC 08-01-15
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    "History plus action plus Drama! Duh you can't lose"

    I could not put down and the drama is such that I'm shocked that it has not been made into a movie. Sorry guys!
    If you like history and action this book is for you and the performance is tops.

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    Peter Boie BURLINGTON, MA, US 07-30-15
    Peter Boie BURLINGTON, MA, US 07-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    Great story. Love the history. It was A little slow at times. But I would recommend it.

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