The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2

  • by Paul Herrmann
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the 18th century approached its midpoint, commercial and military competition between the European states became fierce. And whoever obtained accurate information about distant lands would hold an advantage. Were there continental landmasses in the Pacific? Was there a Northwest Passage to Japan and China? What lay in the interior of Africa? Was it possible to cross the Sahara? Where did the rivers Nile and Congo originate?The concluding volume of The Great Age of Discovery follows the explorations that mapped the vast Pacific ocean and the menacing interior of Africa. The names of three men figure prominently in this saga: Captain James Cook, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley. But there were many equally brave men who are not so well known and whose incredible achievements deserve recognition. Author Paul Herrmann gives them their due with grace and vigor.There have never been explorers like these, and probably never will be again. Through frightening storms at sea, vast wastelands of sand, and dark, impenetrable jungle, these men carried the light of knowledge so that all who followed after could see.


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Interesting but dated

Both Volume 1 and 2 are interesting books but some of the information presented seemed out of date to me. Audible indicates these titles were published in 2004 and 2005 yet when I looked them up on Amazon I found a publication date of 1974. The books were obviously translated from the original German and I concluded that 1974 must be the date of the English translation because there was a reference in volume 2 to a dam in Africa that was expected to be completed in 1960. The books thus must have been written about 50 years ago which explains why some of the information is incorrect based on subsequent research and discoveries. The discussion of the origin of the Polynesians is a case in point. I would have appreciated Audible disclosing the original publication date. Both books are interesting and worth listening to as long as the listener understands the shortcomings. Of the two, I enjoyed Volume 1 more than Voluime 2.
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- John H. Davis III "Jack"

Dated and poorly narrated

This book was originally published in 1958 and this is revealed constantly in the writing style, the constant statement of so-called 'facts' (which aren't facts now and weren't then either) and the generally out-of-date information (it refers to zippers first appearing 25 years ago at one point). It is also long-winded and moves very slowly for anyone who has even a scant knowledge of the subject.
Despite this it could still be interesting (especially if there was a way of speeding it up - 13 hours is at least twice as long as it needs to be) except for the strange narration. I assume the narrator is an American trying to speak like an Englishman - but it is like no English accent ever heard in real life. About one word in every hundred, which is a lot, is such a bizarre pronunciation that you cannot understand at first what is trying to be said. Why not just narrate in his normal voice? The narrator also often just misstates words such as "ingenious" when it is obviously "ingenuous" that is meant. The latter mispronunciation also occurred in the narration of Somerset Maugham's short stories (vol 2 or 3) and I see that it is the same narrator who is responsible for that and also for a total of 44 books currently in Audible!! You need to be far more tolerant than me to tolerate either this 'book' or this narrator.
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- Stuart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2005
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur