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

Fantastic story, even better narration!

Where does The Last Hero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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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- Molly Anderson "Mary C. Anderson"

Book Details

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