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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Morrison Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400185894
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Investigative journalist Dan Morrison hired a boat builder, summoned a childhood buddy, and set out paddling from Jinja, Uganda, down the White Nile toward Cairo. Four thousand miles, two companions, and several other means of local conveyance later, he emerged on the Mediterranean. The story Morrison tells of this spectacular-and spectacularly harrowing-journey is a mash-up of narrative travel writing, investigative reportage, and current history, resulting in a thoughtful, funny, and frightful trip across a region whose people are trying to claw their way from war and poverty to something better. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] portrait of a fractured country just one spark away from a renewal of hostilities.”

    New York Times

  • The Black Nile ...excels in bringing the place, politics and history of this fragile region alive. Boston Globe
  • “This is hard-core African travel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A masterful narrative of investigative reportage, travel writing, and contemporary history.”

    Daily Beast

  • “With sympathetic acuity about the personalities, tribal societies, and mechanical ingenuity of those he encounters, Morrison crafts impressions that will teach travelogue readers much about contemporary Sudan. There’s enough amusement to balance the seriousness of politics, such that when visa problems interrupt Morrison’s journey, his audience will stay to see if he reaches the sea.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harley Gee | 1/24/2014

    " I grew tired of this book half way thru and returned it to the library. It was ok as it was well written but the author's smug worldliness got boring and I decided to move on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/22/2013

    " A very thought-provoking story of Morrison's journey from Lake Victoria to Rosetta, on the Mediterranean Sea, passing through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. The main thing I learned is that I knew essentially nothing of these nations' history, culture, or geography. Also, sadly, though the name "Nile" evokes a sense of the romance of far-off places, crocodiles, Pharoahs, and Egyptian treasures, today's Nile is far more likely to mean tawdry river ports, poverty, disease-bearing insects, pollution, garbage, and endless, heartbreaking violence. Eye-opening and very much a learning experience for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 softdrink | 12/12/2013

    " Don't pay much attention to the subtitle, or even the book description. This is about Morrison's travels through Uganda, Sudan and Egypt...sometimes by boat, but more often in a land vehicle. It's a fascinating glimpse into what it's like to travel through a region that has been devastated by environental issues, war, and political intrigue. It is not a history of the region, nor is it a traditional travelogue. Go into it with an open mind and you might just find yourself amazed (by Morrison's nerve), intrigued (by the region) and entertained (by the writing and the adventures). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Webber-thrush | 12/2/2013

    " I just started this book and I really can't put it down. I didn't want to stop reading when I got to work after my Metro commute. It's such a vivid lens Morrison is bringing to this part of the world that I know nothing about -- but the most unexpected part for me is the humor. I gather the ride gets rougher later, but I'm really all in for that ride after just a few pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 11/25/2013

    " I got this book as an advanced reader copy from Firstreads. I was disappointed with this book. I felt like the first half was spent telling us what he spent on his trip. The second half was better because he actually started talking to some of the local people after his friend left the expedition. I liked the map at the front, because I could look at it to see where he was and how he was progressing. After 2/3 of the book, he was about halfway through his trip, so the end was wrapped up in a very rushed fashion. I wish I new the characters better at the end of the book. At first, I was enjoying the conversational style of the writing, but by the end I was frustrated by how superficially everything was handled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/21/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this author's account of his travels through Africa. It was a little difficult to keep track of the various political entities and ethnic groups, though. I am not very knowledgable about the political situation in the countries he visited, so the book was educational, as well as entertaining. His descriptions of the people and of the countryside really brought them to life. He also gave some cultural background on the different ethnic groups that he interacted with. The book covered the story of the Nile, past and present, as well as the people, the politics, culture, and beauty of the landscape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 11/12/2013

    " good history of Sudan conflict and how people live along the Nile River "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tj | 9/30/2013

    " This book was really amazing look at a man's journey and how it showed him what Nile life is in Sudan and Egypt. It also dives into how the river has been effected by damming and fishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 10/27/2012

    " Interesting but in no way profound or "amazing' (from the title - I suspect the publishers and not the author are to blame for that!). Made me feel thankful for my life of privilege. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/3/2012

    " Need to set this one aside for a bit to cope with work (so many student Fulbright essays to read, so little time), but so far, excellent. Will look forward to picking it up again later this fall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 8/29/2012

    " Years ago I read 'The White Nile' and 'The Blue Nile' by Alan Morehead. This book is about a recent journey down the White Nile, the Nile as it is today. Fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 6/20/2012

    " I had hopes of getting some good info... here we are on the eve of Southern Sudan gaining independence and the unfolding of it is all through his book. In...stead I get some Bill Bryson wanna-be burbling BS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Adams | 5/22/2012

    " Dan Morrison travels from Uganda to Cairo, mostly on the Nile. I really enjoyed this travelogue. It is also very current, published in 2010. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmund | 10/9/2011

    " I was expecting more of an adventure story, and less of a political essay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harley | 11/28/2010

    " I grew tired of this book half way thru and returned it to the library. It was ok as it was well written but the author's smug worldliness got boring and I decided to move on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/24/2010

    " Years ago I read 'The White Nile' and 'The Blue Nile' by Alan Morehead. This book is about a recent journey down the White Nile, the Nile as it is today. Fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmund | 10/21/2010

    " I was expecting more of an adventure story, and less of a political essay. "

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