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Starting in November 2013 in a forest in Rwanda, where a modest spring spouts a trickle of clear, cold water, Levison Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Nile. He followed the river for nine months, over 4,000 miles, through six nations - Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and Egypt - to the Mediterranean coast. Like his predecessors, Wood camped in the wild, foraged for food, and trudged through rainforest, swamp, savannah, and desert, enduring life-threatening conditions at every turn. He traversed sandstorms, flash floods, minefields, and more, becoming a local celebrity in Uganda, where a popular rap song was written about him, and a potential enemy of the state in South Sudan, where he found himself caught in a civil war and detained by the secret police.

An inimitable tale of survival, resilience, and sheer willpower, Walking the Nile is an inspiring chronicle of an epic journey down the lifeline of civilization in northern Africa.

©2015 Levison Wood (P)2016 Tantor

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Informative

The book was interesting with regard to the geography the Author walked. Finding out what happened to the people who helped him would have been good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful story

An unveiled view of the peoples along the nile. Feels as if you're walking alongside Levinson Wood as he triumphs over his obstacles. recommended read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great adventure for an armchair traveler

Subject reminded me of the nineteenth century stories of entering darkest Africa. Am amazed that Mr Wood was not robbed nor hurt by the climate and terrain. I was expecting more confrontations with wild animals (is Africa snake free now?) His fortitude and bravery are to be admired.

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Fascinating story.

Would you listen to Walking the Nile again? Why?

Yes, absolutely. I loved the story, especially the historical and cultural details and already relistened to many passages, not to miss anything.

What did you like best about this story?

It felt very real, alive, I could imagine Africa in a way I could not before and it made me read more, search out more about the continent.

What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed his lively presentation. It brought events closer than just reading the book, I think.

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

I would have liked to, but did not have the time in one sitting. Also, it would have been a pity do be done in only one sitting, I felt like extending the listening time, didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Encapsulating

Loved it! The awe and lament of this man's journey is perfectly depicted by perhaps the best narration of which I have ever had the pleasure of listening. From the start I felt as though I blazed the walking trail with Levison. The descriptions are so well articulated I have come away with a whole new perspective of life. Thank you, Levison Wood. Your journey has changed me.

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 06-23-16

Disappointed. It doesnt live up to the comparison

I bought this book on a whim after reading The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko. That book was full of intriguing bits of history and huge, impactful tales of adventure. I read the entire book over the course of two days and was sad to see it end. Throughout the reading I found myself imagining myself to be a great adventurer who could shoot the rapids right alongside the men in the book. So, I saw Mr Wood's book with its captivating cover and immediately bought it. I really wanted to love it the same way that I loved my adventure through the Grand Canyon. I wanted this book to inspire me to dream of walking the Nile. I wanted to feel the danger, learn the history and dream of the bold and thrilling walk taken by Mr Wood. Unfortunately this book did not stand up to the comparison. For me it felt more like a journal than a novel. I realize that it is nonfiction and is told chronologically, but it doesn't tempt me to walk the Nile. It doesn't prod me to buy more books on similar subjects. This book doesn't scream at me from its place in my library to be read again or to be shared with friends. It also doesn't make me angry that I wasted my precious reading hours... so I guess, in my opinion, it is a comfortably average book.

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Astounding riveting adventure

Being an armchair tourist, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you Mr Wood for walking the Nile on my behalf...

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Kept me interested

The story is very engaging my only issue (and it's a minor one) is the narration, most of the time it's excellent but the narrator isn't great with accents, especially near the end he drifts in and out of accents for the same character going from almost American to kind of African and then almost to British all for the same person. Anyway great listen overall

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scrambled eggs

The only problem I had was when Lev has suggested that when you break the eggs you make an omelette. Boston sure knew you can make scrambled eggs too but Lev insisted on omelette. It was all part of the joke though....

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Interesting story

Would you consider the audio edition of Walking the Nile to be better than the print version?

I found it a very interesting story, giving a mixture of real in depth information and an amazing adventure. Well read too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-17

A good listen, but the himalayas is better

I bought this audiobook after listening to walking the himalayas, another great story but not quite as good in my opinion as his later adventure, also in the other book he reads it which I feel is much better

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  • V. Delrieu
  • 11-29-17

Narrator sounded like the Shipping Forecast

Prefer Lev's narration in Himalayas, but still really enjoyed this extraordinary story, an amazing journey.

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  • Tri Jules
  • 10-14-17

A remarkable journey told very well

Levison Wood’s Walking the Nile is the tale of an amazing journey through Africa. You would not think that in this day and age that there are many challenging walks still possible but this one truly is.

I tend to prefer books when the author narrates but Gillard Jackson reads well and I really warmed to his telling of the tale. I will certainly seek him out as a narrator again.

I looked forward to driving in my car and listening to this every morning and evening.

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  • NICOLA
  • 08-22-17

walking with lev

Really enjoyed this story seeing Africa through Lev's eyes the good times and the bad