- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books on Tape
- Audible.com Release Date: December 12, 2003
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00017JIPK
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Top Customer Reviews
Two form items deserve comment. First the chapters alternate: first Livingstone, then Stanley, nice and effective technique. Second, each chapter has a small sidebar where the distance between the two men is calculated. A neat way of doing it, builds the suspense, and makes the movement of the men towards each other all the more interesting.
One deeper thought that the book provoked was the humanness of history. The fact that it is made by men (yes, and women, men is generic here) who choose each day to do something, to challenge themselves. This book bears out this idea to the max, the people involved are human, sometimes heroes, often not. But both of the main characters are portrayed as human, and yet just a little superhuman, this class of people who just do above and beyond the call of duty. This is significant, and it makes the book worth the time to read. i publicly thank the person who recommended it to me for it is off my usual track. Plus i really need to practice my speedreading on something, and heavy science is not the right place, this book was.
So if you like history a little bit, dont want to be bogged down in heavy big-word writing, like reading newspaper accounts or journalistic writing, then this is a good book for you.
thanks for reading this review.
David Livingstone originally went to Africa as a 27-year-old missionary; Dugard points out that this was before missionary work became tainted with imperialism. He was going to save souls, but he got bored, and he was disgusted by the boredom of his converts during public worship. He requested permission to "go forward into the dark interior," and when it was granted, he looked forward to the prospect with "inexpressible delight." In 1886, he set out to find the source of the Nile. He entered the continent, and was lost to the outside world for five years. Speculation about his condition, and rumors about his death, were widespread. The _New York Herald_, sensing a scoop, sent roving reporter Henry Stanley to find him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I listened to this book. I also listened to Stanley's memoir. This is the more entertaining book. I think Stanley may have been paid by the word? Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lynn W.
Wow. This was great. A very detailed account of two determined and brave men. Well worth listening to. Glee narration.Published 16 days ago by lso
Rambling, jumbled time lines..........but lots of unappealing details about the deprivation(s) of the expeditions if that's what one is after. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Andrew Maile
Best historical account I've ever read of Africa. Loved all the extra history about ongoing world events at the time. Well-written and researched.Published 29 days ago by L. Cheeley
A fantastic tale of hardship, perseverance, and danger, both Stanley and Livingstone embody unending courage in the face of self-doubt and illness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lauren E. Dillon
Prepare your stomach. Graphic. And it doesn't flow. But an exciting true story!Published 1 month ago by Brittmontana