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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candice Millard Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rich, dramatic tale that ranges from the personal to the literally earth-shaking.”

    New York Times

  • “A fine account…There are far too many books in which a travel writer follows in the footsteps of his or her hero—and there are far too few books like this, in which an author who has spent time and energy ferreting out material from archival sources weaves it into a gripping tale.”

    Washington Post

  • “No frills, high-adventure writing…Millard’s sober account is as claustrophobic as a walk through the densest jungle, and as full of vigor as Roosevelt himself.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Teets | 2/13/2014

    " This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Roosevelt almost died exploring the amazon river. It was well written and fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Egge | 2/8/2014

    " Incredibly well researched, incredibly well told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise | 2/3/2014

    " This book was hard to get into. I loved reading about Roosevelt, and knew about nothing in regards to this portion of his life. So the informative nature of the book was really good, but as in all things requiring major research and the need to remain factual, it was dry at times. It took me 3 tries to get it read. I am glad I finished it, and had not realized the extent this journey affected his life and death. I also had not realized the delicate nature of the psyches surrounding him in his family, and the strength of Roosevelt's will in all things that were challenges to him. That scientists of the day disputed his accomplishment, considering the technical limitations of the day and the poor preparation for the exploration, was amazing to me. The man was a giant. In all, this book gave me insight into a little talked about portion of Roosevlet's life. To that end, I am glad I persevered in the reading of River of Doubt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jay Levine | 1/21/2014

    " I read this. Book a couple of years ago. One of the best true life adventure stories out there. TR is in many ways only a secondary character in this story: his son and the guide who pulls them through the journey are terrific heros. "

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