• Blood River

  • By: Tim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Tim Butcher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-26-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4.1 (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - and travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, and helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, is more remarkable still.
©2007 Tim Butcher; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd
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By Dennis on 11-11-11

This is a story about a great adventure

First I need to set the record straight on something - this is a work of non-fiction, it chronicles the journalists adventures as he tries to retrace the steps of the lengendary and shadowy Stanley expedition. It is amazing that this man survived to tell this important story, the condition that this country has fallen to is amazing and a warning to all who read this book. I cannot do justice to this tale in a few paragraphs, but woven inside the adventure of his travels is a history lesson about the Congo and the Stanley expedition that is very well done. This is a book that when finished will leave the reader more informed on many fronts.
Put this one in the cart it is well worth your time.

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By Bill Hepburn on 02-16-17

Even better the second time around.

I read this book about a year ago and I was so impressed by it that I recommended it to my book group for this months book. As a refresher I got the audio book through Audible. It was great the second time around and Tim Butcher does a wonderful job of narration. I have also read and recommend Tim Butcher's other books.

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By Rogayah on 06-19-08

Blood, sweat and tears

From the very beginning of this nail-biting adventure the listener is gripped and walking step by frustrating step with Daily Telegraph Africa reporter Tim Butcher who, poor man, feels a need to follow in the footsteps of Stanley (also a Daily Telegraph reporter) down the Congo River.

Not only does Tim Butcher takes us back to the days of the beginning of Europe's contact with the Congo but through its more glorious past to the ruined infrastructure of today and the suffering of its peoples. A sad tale, compassionately told of a country gone to rack and ruin, filled with people who have learnt to survive every cruelty imaginable. Remarkable, but scarey to feel the compulsion that drove Tim Butcher to follow his dream of following Stanley down the Congo River.

Although it is a good travel story and Tim Butcher is a good reader it was perhaps read a little too fast for someone (like me) unfamiliar with the names of these people and places.

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By R on 09-08-08

fantastic and addictive

I thought this book was brilliant,so well written and totally compulsive listening.The author told it how is is,and I felt it was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.Also I looked up and read extensively about the Congo afterwards,it was as gripping as any thriller.
This is not normally the type of book/audiobook I would buy,but I was going on a long holiday and though it would pass some time on the beach.But how wrong was I.
I still think of the authors experiences and the people of the Congo and how good we get it here in the UK.
My older teenage children listened to parts of this book and found it brilliant and asked the question,why do people live like that in 2008? I hope the next generation will be able to change the world.

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