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Download Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Frances Burton Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Explorer and inventor, soldier and poet, archaeologist and diplomat, Richard Francis Burton (1821-90) 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 his 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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