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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caroline Alexander Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1990 ISBN: 9781470325060
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With richly evocative images and wonderfully entertaining anecdotes, Caroline Alexander transports you to the dense interior of equatorial Gabon. In One Dry Season, she chronicles her adventures as she makes her way alone through dangerously primitive territory. When she first read of Victorian explorer Mary Kingsley’s travels in the French colony of Gabon, Alexander knew she had to experience the present-day nation for herself. Soon she is retracing Kingsley’s route—struggling through tangled vines in humid rain forests, chugging up the churning Ogooué River in a packed steamer, and fending off gigantic cockroaches. The country she discovers is a challenging mixture of Africa’s exotic past and its practical present. A splendid storyteller, Caroline Alexander introduces you to the colorful new friends she made along the trail including a shy mission nun, a half-mad French woman, and a village chief who treated her as an errant teenaged daughter. Lisette Lecat’s expert narration brings out all the excitement of today’s Africa.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/2/2013

    " This book was interesting, but such slow going that I was reading it for six months, then apparently left it on an airplane. Just didn't pull me through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/11/2013

    " This seemed a little slow and wondering to me. Usually that's okay in a travel book, but somehow this writer never seemed to resolve ANYTHING, which got a little boring after a while. Perhaps I was influenced by having read Kingsley's wonderfully witty narrative first. "

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About the Author
Author Caroline Alexander

Caroline Alexander is the author of the international bestsellers The Endurance and The Bounty and, more recently, The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of the Trojan War. She is a contributing writer for National Geographic magazine and her work has also appeared in The New YorkerSmithsonian, and Outside, among other publications. Alexander received her doctorate in classics from Columbia University and was the founder of the Department of Classics at the University of Malawi in East Africa.

About the Narrator

Lisette Lecat began her career in her native South Africa, where she performed with the country’s national theaters and several commercial companies and did extensive radio and voice-over work both commercially and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. When she moved to Spain, she continued her voice-over work in three languages, dubbing films for Vox de España. Later, in England and the United States, she resumed her theater career while continuing to do a wide range of voice-over work. She is also an accomplished playwright, with a Broadway credit for The Scent of Roses starring Julie Harris. For her narrations, she won the Scourby Award in 1999, more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Audie Award in 2005 for Best Solo Narration–Female.