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Ferrone's gravelly, stentorian, hushed voice sounds downright presidential in reading the story of this little-known event from ex-Commander-in-Chief Theodore Roosevelt's postpolitical life. After losing his third-party run for the 1912 presidential election, Roosevelt agreed to accompany a Brazilian explorer on a trip along the Amazon, hoping to map the river's uncharted path. Expecting an uneventful trip, Roosevelt and his party barely managed to escape with their lives. Ferrone adopts a strange tone when providing Roosevelt's voice, attempting to echo his famously brusque boom and sounding oddly strangled in the process. His reading is on steadier ground in conveying the sweep of Millard's prose, uniting the personal drama of the Roosevelt family with the naturalist investigations of the voyage. Ferrone carries the narrative along on the waves of his own raspy, gruff instrument, shuttling readers through Millard's book with a steely self-assurance reminiscent of its subject. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, July 11). (Nov.)
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Every critic enjoyed Millards yarn about an ex-presidents fervent desire for adventure and self-acceptance. By focusing on the vivid details of Roosevelts journey to the Amazon as well as his relationship with his son, Millard creates much more than your typical ho-hum adventure. The beauty of this story is not just that Roosevelts rich history could spawn a thousand adventure stories, but that Millards experience with National Geographic is evident in her beautiful scenic descriptions and grisly depictions of the Amazons man-eating catfish, ferocious piranhas, white-water rapids, and prospect of starvation. A story deep in symbolism and thick with research, Millard succeeds where many have not; she has managed to contain a little bit of Teddy Roosevelts energy and warm interactions between the covers of her wonderful new book.
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I loved the book. I can't say I liked TR's expectations of his sons (Hey Teddy! They were your FIRST responsibility in life! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carl
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Teddy Roosevelt, and the Amazon, that I didn't know. Read morePublished 3 days ago by hooping
Was hoping for a great TR adventure (which this expedition surely was) or at least a good history lesson…...but got neither. Read morePublished 3 days ago by wooster
I learned a lot about TR's life after his Presidency and had never heard of his difficult and trying (and almost fatal) journey to the Amazon. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Evenshade
Well written. Added a lot to my incomplete knowledge of Teddy Roosevelt.Published 7 days ago by Bruce Smith
It became boring with the same troubles getting to river and then canoeing down it. I just didn't care and stopped reading.
Very good graphic and interesting account of a legendary person and trip. It was written almost like a novel rather than an account of the journey.Published 14 days ago by Michael Sobel
I really enjoyed this book. In addition to capturing the details of the journey the Author does a terrific job of placing it within the context of the political and social... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer