The Last Hero

  • by Peter Forbath
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the greatest adventure of the Victorian age, a famous explorer makes a heroic relief expedition to a beleaguered British outpost deep in the heart of Africa.
The British Empire, at its zenith, is shocked by the fall of Khartoum and the murder of General Gordon. But word reaches London that all is not lost; one garrison, commanded by the Emin Pasha, still holds out against the Mahdi leading the rebellion against the British in the Sudan. The Emin Pasha is hailed as a hero of mythic proportions, Gordon’s successor, and England’s hope. From the Queen to the mob, his rescue is demanded.
But only one man is up to the challenge of this mammoth expedition across 5,000 miles of the uncharted Congo, where no white man has walked: Henry Morton Stanley, a hero of amazing complexity and daring. Whatever the cost, Stanley will rescue the Emin Pasha.

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Best Entertainment Value You'll Find

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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- thawstone

Great stroy, Fantasticlly told but be aware...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jepson, because he was the only one who kept his humanity throughout the ordeal.


Which scene was your favorite?

When they caught the mule boy trying to desert. It was the turning point of the whole adventure.


If you could take any character from The Last Hero out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Stanly. I would like to hear how he thought things turned out and if he thought it was a success or a failure.


Any additional comments?

The author librally use the N-word throughout the stroy. While it is historically accurate I think the story could have been told equally as well without using that offensive word. I cringed every time that it was said. I listen to books at work and several times I thought "I hope nobody heard that."

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- UncleHammy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.