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Through the Brazilian Wilderness

Narrated by: Andre Stojka
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A former American president nearly dies during an ill-planned exploration through the Brazilian Wilderness and down the River of Doubt. Theodore Roosevelt was a naturalist, explorer, author, hunter, governor, soldier and 26th President of the United States. In 1913, he joined with Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon to explore portions of Brazil and to bring back animal specimens for the American Museum of Natural History.

In this first person narrative, never before recorded as an audio book, President Theodore Roosevelt describes his expedition along rivers, which are home to deadly Piranha fish, through almost impenetrable forests filled with insects, snakes and wild animals. Roosevelt witnesses primitive Indian tribes, wary of strangers and a murder among his increasingly desperate men, before he is nearly defeated by the River of Doubt.

Public Domain (P)2011 Andre F. Stojka, Leslie J. Stojka, Andre D. Stojka

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So close to turning it off

I’ll admit to only being about ten percent through this, but if the subject matter wasn’t interesting there would be no more listening for me. The narration is horrible. The speaker delivers every sentence with the giddy enthusiasm of an over-eager hired actor reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to a room of four year olds. He interjects laugh-talking where I presume he presumes Roosevelt was chuckling as he wrote. He mispronounces words such as ornithology (“or-IN-thology”) and foliage (“folage”) with regularity. And now I feel bad, because he just has the sound of someone who’s a very nice person. He would make a great kids’ book narrator, but a daunting Amazonian trek is not something he should verbally venture into. The content is actually very interesting, although I was a bit amused, if that’s the right word, when Roosevelt spoke nobly of protecting the wild in one passage and in the next is mentioning all the animals he is shooting for no other reason than to shoot and leave them. But his descriptions of the adventure and his ability to relate events, objects and aspects of nature in colorful detail are wonderful, and the overall subject is gripping.

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Narrator sounds like an excited cookie baker.

Roosevelt's awe in reaction to the Brazilian wilderness and the enormity of their undertaking are great reading. The narrator also sounds like a breathlessly cheerful Wizard of Oz: utterly mismatched with Roosevelt's gravitas.

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Through the Brazilian Wilderness

Wonderful read. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Narration also was quite good. I also enjoyed the updated information at the end. Good job,

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Poorly Narrated

What disappointed you about Through the Brazilian Wilderness?

The narration is a bit too fast. Either the script the narrator read from was not punctuated or he completely missed the periods and commas. I changed the play speed to 0.75 but that didn't help as it sounds like there is an echo in the playback.

How could the performance have been better?

Slow the narration down. Take a breath between sentences. It sounds as if the paragraphs are simply run-on sentences.

What character would you cut from Through the Brazilian Wilderness?

Andre Stojka

Any additional comments?

I'm sure the book itself is great, but Andre Stojka ruined it for me.

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  • Fred
  • The Villages, FL, United States
  • 09-25-12

Interesting view of Brazil by great President

Where does Through the Brazilian Wilderness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better more interesting listens since it is autobiographical and yet suspensful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Teddy Roosevelt

Which character – as performed by Andre Stojka – was your favorite?

TR

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

Neither

Any additional comments?

no

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