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Audible had a tall order for this narrator: A Scotsman who can realistically inhabit the mind of a an 18th century explorer who is virtually the first “white man” to explore inland Africa, on foot and canoe with a couple of companions, and soon, alone, encountering the roots of the slave trade—and its moral consequences. He also barely survived.
I am in awe of Steven Brand’s performance and interpretation, as well as the tremendous care he took with all the African languages and antiquated English he was given in the text.
"Travels" inspired the imaginations of audiences since its first publication in 1799 . Writers like Wordsworth, Melville, Conrad, Hemingway, and T. Coreghessan Boyle have all acknowledged the influence of Park’s diary on their work.
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A very diffident, self-effacing member of the British scientific classes (in the "Age of Wonder") was the first European to write of his explorations and adventures in Africa, with its warring tribes, its tradition of slavery and thuggery, its tropical diseases, hyenas, wolves, and natural beauty. His diary, reproduced here, captivated readers in his time, and still surpasses almost every travel story ever told. It reminded me of "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and the Yucatan," except in this true-life adventure, the author put his life at risk almost every day, with a stiff upper lip, of course.
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