River of Darkness: Francisco Orellanas Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon Audiobook, by Buddy Levy Play Audiobook Sample

River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon Audiobook

River of Darkness: Francisco Orellanas Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon Audiobook, by Buddy Levy Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781977370594

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

21

Longest Chapter Length:

48:59 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

07:56 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

28:05 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

6

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Publisher Description

From the acclaimed author of Conquistador comes this thrilling account of one of history's greatest adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous attention to historical detail, here is the true story of a legendary sixteenth-century explorer and his death-defying navigation of the Amazon—river of darkness, pathway to gold.

In 1541, the brutal conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro and his well-born lieutenant Francisco Orellana set off from Quito in search of La Canela, South America's rumored Land of Cinnamon, and the fabled El Dorado, "the golden man." Driving an enormous retinue of mercenaries, enslaved natives, horses, hunting dogs, and other animals across the Andes, they watched their proud expedition begin to disintegrate even before they descended into the nightmarish jungle, following the course of a powerful river. Soon hopelessly lost in the swampy labyrinth, their numbers diminishing daily through disease, starvation, and Indian attacks, Pizarro and Orellana made a fateful decision to separate. While Pizarro eventually returned home barefoot and in rags, Orellana and fifty-seven men, in a few fragile craft, continued downriver into the unknown reaches of the mighty Amazon, serenaded by native war drums and the eerie cries of exotic predators. Theirs would be the greater glory.

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A richly textured account of the rogue, rebel and visionary whose discovery still resonates today.

— Kirkus 

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About Buddy Levy

Buddy Levy teaches writing and literature at Washington State University and is the author of numerous books, including No Barriers (with Erik Weihenmayer), River of Darkness, and Conquistador, which was a finalist for the 2009 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. Levy’s essay “Leaps of Faith” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. He lives in northern Idaho.

About Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis has been inducted into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, he has earned accolades for his narration from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses. He also narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. His work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola. He grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew.