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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Byron Farwell Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781538484272
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Explorer and inventor, soldier and poet, archaeologist and diplomat, Richard Francis Burton (1821–1890) was the most versatile and remarkable man of his age. But he was foremost an adventurer: “an adventurer in the intellectual and the spiritual as well as the physical world.” The pioneering traveler in Central Africa who discovered Lake Tanganyika was also the translator of The Arabian Nights and the secret translator of Oriental sex manuals like The Perfumed Garden. The man who made a dangerous pilgrimage to Mecca in disguise also produced major writings on reptiles and religion, mining and mountain-climbing, slavery and sexuality.

Byron Farwell brilliantly recreates the sheer excitement of Burton’s achievements and astonishing range of interests in this fascinating biography.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeri | 10/21/2013

    " Now this was a wild man. could speak 35 languages, traveled through Africa and Saudi Arabia in 1800s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/12/2012

    " An excellent and entertaining biography of the Victorian adventurer and explorer, who discovered the source of the Nile and was the first Westerner to enter Mecca, disguised as an Arab. The stuff that ripping yarns are made of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 9/19/2012

    " Good overview of Burton's life. Farwell reveals some new material concerning Burton's Interest in and possible conversion to Sufism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 4/8/2012

    " He will always be the translator of the Arabian Nights for me... And I am sure he found the source of the Nile before Speke. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam Simpson | 9/15/2011

    " Boring. Boring. Boring. Byron accuses Burton of writing books at included extraneous information but Byron is just as guilty. This book could have been written in half the length. And the print is very small. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 2/15/2011

    " Boring. Boring. Boring. Byron accuses Burton of writing books at included extraneous information but Byron is just as guilty. This book could have been written in half the length. And the print is very small. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeri | 12/18/2010

    " Now this was a wild man. could speak 35 languages, traveled through Africa and Saudi Arabia in 1800s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/20/2009

    " An excellent and entertaining biography of the Victorian adventurer and explorer, who discovered the source of the Nile and was the first Westerner to enter Mecca, disguised as an Arab. The stuff that ripping yarns are made of. "

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About the Author

Byron Farwell (1922–1999) was an American military historian and biographer known for books on nineteenth and early twentieth-century British military colonialism. He published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Heritage, and elsewhere; served as a contributing editor to Military History and World War II; and contributed to Collier’s Encyclopedia.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.