This book is interesting, well-written, and well-narrated. It describes the circumstances leading to the famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume." Did he really say it? I suspect so, but we can't be sure. It is certainly true that this book is about exceptional characters and exceptional events.
The author seemed to understand Stanley well - didn't seem to understand Livingston.
A really great listen. As gripping as a novel, but with history there too. I usually prefer unabridged books but this one was really good. Narrator was awesome. I immediately looked for books by the same author and narrator after hearing this one.
The book puts the two men into historical perspective; something that was missing when I learned about this event. It is also well written and flows, giving life to both men. If you are interested in people and their personalities within history, this book is great.
If I had never heard about the quote "Dr. Livingston I presume I would never have been interested in this book. It told the story of why Livingston was so famous and who Stanley was, but the book jumped around a lot and sometimes would leave you guessing about what was going on.
There are many excellent rescue / adventure books available. Some I enjoyed include "In the Heart of the Sea", "The Endurance", "Into Thin Air", or "Miracle in the Andes". The common theme in all those is that some misfortune befell the travellers / adventurers, and they had no choice but to try to find their way out of their troubles. Into Africa is different in that you find an adventurer who willingly leaves the comfort of civilization to put himself into the types of hardship that these others need rescuing from. To read about the individuals who took on the unknown, facing brutal heat, cannibals, floods, starvation, animal attacks, unfriendly tribes, Muslim slave traders, stolen provisions, bugs and diseases of all types, all for a sense of discovery and adventure is mind-boggling. Definately worth a look if you've ever been curious as to who Stanley and Livingston really were, or how they ended up meeting in Africa.
The story follows the adventures of Stanley as he searched in Africa for Dr. Livingstone. It was a massive undertaking and both Stanley and Livingstone received assistance from the slave traders. I found the accounts of the devastation the slave traders left behind interesting.
A very nicely done book with interesting detail on the trails both explorers faced in their journeys. It is almost too hard to imagine such treks these days. This book gives a more vivid description of what true exploration entails. I particularly like the contemporaneous pacing - showing where each man was at about the same time. I learned much that I didn't know about this legendary story that is all too often condensed into a simplistic "Mr. Stanley found Dr. Livingstone" paragraph or two. Also of interest is the information that it wasn't until 2004 that the source of the Nile was actually discovered and confirmed - there is still much to be discovered on our planet, even if we do it with satellites. The narrator is excellent and this is a very good listen.
This would be a riveting fictional adventure -- but it really happened! Wonderful "read", and the narrator is quite good.
A thoroughly enjoyable adventure. The development of the various characters was very detailed. I was suprised to learn how very brutal Stanley's upbringing was and how he was able to nevertheless, acheive success later in life.
Martin Dugard has carved a career as one of the foremost adventure writers today. The author of "Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly" and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Survivor: The Ultimate Game, " his work appears regularly in "GQ, Sports Illustrated, " and "Esquire." An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.