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Blood River

Lu par : Tim Butcher
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When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - and travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots.

Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, and helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, is more remarkable still.

©2007 Tim Butcher (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

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A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

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  • Dennis
  • 11/11/2011

This is a story about a great adventure

First I need to set the record straight on something - this is a work of non-fiction, it chronicles the journalists adventures as he tries to retrace the steps of the lengendary and shadowy Stanley expedition. It is amazing that this man survived to tell this important story, the condition that this country has fallen to is amazing and a warning to all who read this book. I cannot do justice to this tale in a few paragraphs, but woven inside the adventure of his travels is a history lesson about the Congo and the Stanley expedition that is very well done. This is a book that when finished will leave the reader more informed on many fronts.
Put this one in the cart it is well worth your time.

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  • Bill Hepburn
  • 16/02/2017

Even better the second time around.

I read this book about a year ago and I was so impressed by it that I recommended it to my book group for this months book. As a refresher I got the audio book through Audible. It was great the second time around and Tim Butcher does a wonderful job of narration. I have also read and recommend Tim Butcher's other books.

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  • Aaron
  • 03/10/2013

Wish I were brave enough to attempt this!

What did you love best about Blood River?

Adventure-travel writing at it's most enjoyable. It's a treat to hear author Tim Butcher narrate his own story, in simple, unpretentious, thought out prose. As if you were right there in the congo traveling with him. He does a fantastic job providing historical context and his own take on things. Only criticism is that I would have liked more vivid description of jungle fauna and flora.

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  • Kazadi
  • 26/02/2017

Inspiration

Butcher really inspired me in his story about Congo river and its people. As a son of Congo this really put a lot in perspective for me and motivates me to want to do more for humanity and suffering people of Congo who don't even ask for more than a safe place for them to live their lives.

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  • Victor N.
  • 03/11/2016

priceless insights

in today's globalized world everything seems to be rather close. And yet, some places are so far, almost in a parallel reality. Excellent, though a very sad story..

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  • greg
  • 30/05/2013

An interesting presentation of a sad history

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a fairly interesting presentation of history & geography along the Congo river for anyone wanting to learn more about West Africa, or colonialism-fallout.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the author's excellent portrayal of *un*development in action... the strange and hard to believe idea that someone's grandparents had reasonably contemporary educations, hospitals, motorized vehicles, etc., but that are missing today. It's like Atlantis existed, and then poof... back to throwing rocks at each other.

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  • John
  • 23/05/2011

Leave narration to professionals!

A great chronicle of an astonishing journey that every single person told Butcher was "impossible". The most impressive point to me is his emphasis on how much the country has regressed since independence - he passes through deserted areas where colonial maps show thriving towns. Most everything in place in 1960 is now ruined, if still there. Diseases, which the Belgians had largely controlled, are back. An interesting take on colonialism comes from a disgusted Malaysian aid worker who snorts (paraphrased): "We had a colonial past, and got over it!"

Recommended, although Butcher's narration at a gazillion words per minute got tiring often. There were times I wanted to stop listening, and had to wait a while for a pause to do so, rather than stop in mid-torrent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/07/2017

helped me understand Congo

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Wow. tough book. It really helped me understand Congo, a tragic country. The protagonist could leave when the trip was over, so many millions there cannot.

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  • Admiralu
  • 21/01/2020

Bloody River and Country

This was an interesting account of a British journalist's trip to travel a previous expedition a century before. It was indeed a terrifying journey and many friends, colleagues and contacts did not believe it possible. While the journey through Africa was frought with danger, what makes the book most fascinating is the history described and the author's insights into the people and places he visited. Filled with armed rebels, death and despair, there is not much to be hopeful for in the Congo during this period. He did find a number of wonderful people who aided him along the way. The saddest part of the book was when the author had to turn down a request to take a four year old because his father wanted a better life for him. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audiobook, which was read by the author in a beautiful Queen's English accent.

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  • Christoph
  • 16/11/2019

Great book but read very fast

Liked the book because it explaines a lot of the problems Kongo and other African countries are facing, Alternating between particular experiences and historical or political information it creates a feelig for the place which is based on sympathy.
The very fast reading of the author however got on nerves.