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This 27 plus hour book isn't long enough. There isn't dull moment, in fact there are countless parts of the adventure where, if you listen in your car like me, you'll find yourself sitting outside your destination waiting for what happens next. It's nearly non-stop. The author couldn't have picked a better true life adventure with its larger than life protagonists to start his Audible offerings (I hope there'll be many more to come). There's trickery, betrayal, harems, sex, drugs, slave traders, hostile and friendly natives, wild rivers, seething jungle, and clever, idiotic, ruthless, and honorable people on all sides, in other words, real life. This book is a great triumph for both the author and the narrator who delivered an outstanding performance. I have listened to over a hundred audio books, and this is one of the best.
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One of the best, if not the best, audio books I have ever listened to,and there have been hundreds. The story of the expedition is compelling and would make a great book read - but Simon Vance's narration makes listening to the book a compelling experience. The book tells the story not just of Stanley, but of the others who make up the expedition, and Vance's reading of these characters, each with a unique accent and intonation, brings the book to life in a way that probably isn't possible from reading the printed page. Highly, highly, recommended.
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