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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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    Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Coleman 02-23-15
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    ""Dr Livingstone, I Presume""

    Whether or not these were the exact words spoken by Stanley when he finally met David Livingstone, the story of their meeting and the voyage to bring them together is fascinating.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 02-18-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "A Good Listen."
    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

    Well John Lee is one of the premier narrators, he could read the phone book and probably make it interesting. In fact, I am not sure I would read the book, but listening to it was gratifying and I enjoyed it.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

    There have been some recently quality books about exploration recently. This book compares to the River of Doubt and The Lost City of Z favorably. it puts the exploration story within the context of colonization and race relations. This story however is not written as a first person account, rather as a researched narrative. I don't think it detracts too much from the story, but first persona accounts are always more compelling.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I have heard some reviewers criticize the Scottish accent on Livingston, I thought it was fine. It certainly didn't distract from teh story. I would say Livingston was my favorite, Lee has just the right inflection to make him someone that we admire yet not quite the heroic peson we might have heard of in school.


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

    This book helped fill me in on details that I only knew tangentially. I am glad I read it. this is not powerful story, mostly because I found some of the characters distasteful. but that is the history is in reality.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible has a good collection of exploration books. This book fits nicely into any reading list that concerns itself with world exploration and the subsequent problems it has caused to the present day.

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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 11-26-14
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 11-26-14

    I'm listening to Proust now. Always on the lookout for a good zombie, horror, or sci-fi book. Like books on writing, history, travel.

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    "Great adventure history/misery"

    Explorers suffered a lot. And made others suffer. Times were tough. Africa was tough. This is a great story with a great reader.

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    Glenda Jo Sims 06-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great information not a real easy listen"
    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

    No its quite wordy and jumps around alot.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

    It reminded me of the Forgotten 500. Information worth knowing not the best delivery ever. Although the narrator was pretty good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dr. Livingston I presume? Of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Gives the reader a great perspective on Africa and explorers of that time.

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    Stephen Houston, Texas 02-08-14
    Stephen Houston, Texas 02-08-14 Member Since 2005

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    "The age of exploration is complete"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

    Columbus, Magellan, Lewis and Clark, Shackleton, the history of mans struggle to know the world around them is not complete without the Stanley and Livingstone. Amazing story, and it was all done with so little.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

    Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Dr. Livingstone I presume"


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

    I would say I was in ahhh of all the things that can possibly go wrong and did.


    Any additional comments?

    Small segment of history most people know little about.

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    Heather Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 01-25-14
    Heather Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Would have liked more pictures."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might recommend the book to certain friends, but I would suggest reading rather than listening. It's an intriguing and important story in history. The characters are worth following. However, I felt at a loss without a map of their respective journeys and frequently felt the urge to "flip back" to find out which time period I was in and what was revealed about that person previously. I would suggest at least reading up on the history of Livingstone and Stanley to know the outline of the story before trying to listen to it in this format.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick one favorite. My favorite scenes in true life adventure stories are at the points where I think the people can't possibly survive what is happening to them, even though the reader knows they will. Stanley calmly facing the men conspiring to kill him, Livingstone persisting through one tropical affliction after another. I was also moved by the procession that carried Livingstone's body to the coast so it could be returned to England.


    Could you see Into Africa being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would appreciate that, because it was difficult for me to picture the both landscape and the scale of the expeditions moving through it. It could be an excellent movie. Benedict Cumberbatch as Stanley; Jim Broadbent as Livingstone.


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    debb waggoner 11-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Exploration Lovers Delight"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love geographical exploration, especially in this time period and the details were captivating. I have difficulty reading about the mistreatment of animals and/or people, so I appreciated how Duggard handled those few instances and focused on the exploration.


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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "History Lesson with High Adventure!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've always wanted to know the story behind these two men. The author explains everything from the point of view of several of the key players. The story revealed some very interesting and surprising facts about these two men and some of the people involved.

    I'm not qualified to say if it was well researched, but I found the book fascinating and gut wrenching. Thoroughly enjoyable history lesson about real life high adventure.

    As a result of this book, I am now interested in finding a book about the global newspaper industry of the era.

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    ximena ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-13-13
    ximena ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Reads like historical fiction with amazing detail"

    Livingstone and Stanley in Africa should be a gripping story. Unfortunately, too many historians manage to get so lost in their details that they forget a story ever took place. Not so with Martin Dugard.

    Dugard has a great command of the art of storytelling, and he manages to incorporate so many details and so much information along the way that I feel I learned more about the subject than any ten textbooks could have taught me -- but without the pain.

    Lee's reading is clear and entertaining -- his accents are sometimes accurate and sometimes amusing, but always kept me wanting to hear more.

    Well worth a listen.

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    Anna 03-02-13
    Anna 03-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Spasmodic Narrative"

    A good book for anyone intrigued by Livingstone and his travels, it gives in-depth account of Livingstone's last journey which uses sources from the period including Livingstone and Stanley's journal entries. However the book does have some significant negatives.

    The main negative for me was the spasmodic layout of the narrative - the story jumps jumps back and forth unnecessarily in the timeline and characters appear abruptly, are flooded with backstory and then drop out of the narrative only to reappear at random.

    The narrator was good overall but manages to over-annunciate every single word which eventually drove me slightly insane.

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