[Download] Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone By Martin Dugard

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

By: Martin Dugard
Narrated by: Simon Jones
Length: 5 hours
Release date: May 6, 2003
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (150 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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With the utterance of a single line-"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"-a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. Into Africa is an extraordinarily researched account of a thrilling adventure-defined by alarming foolishness, intense courage, and raw human achievement.

In the mid-1860s, exploration had reached a plateau. The seas and continents had been mapped, the globe circumnavigated. Yet one vexing puzzle remained unsolved: what was the source of the mighty Nile river? Aiming to settle the mystery once and for all, Great Britain called upon its legendary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, who had spent years in Africa as a missionary. In March 1866, Livingstone steered a massive expedition into the heart of Africa. In his path lay nearly impenetrable, uncharted terrain, hostile cannibals, and deadly predators. Within weeks, the explorer had vanished without a trace. Years passed with no word.

While debate raged in England over whether Livingstone could be found-or rescued-from a place as daunting as Africa, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the brash American newspaper tycoon, hatched a plan to capitalize on the world's fascination with the missing legend. He would send a young journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, into Africa to search for Livingstone. A drifter with great ambition, but little success to show for it, Stanley undertook his assignment with gusto, filing reports that would one day captivate readers and dominate the front page of the New York Herald.

Tracing the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley in alternating chapters, author Martin Dugard captures with breathtaking immediacy the perils and challenges these men faced. Woven into the narrative, Dugard tells an equally compelling story of the remarkable transformation that occurred over the course of nine years, as Stanley rose in power and prominence and Livingstone found himself alone and in mortal danger. The first book to draw on modern research and to explore the combination of adventure, politics, and larger-than-life personalities involved, Into Africa is a riveting read.
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70 Responses to “[Download] Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone By Martin Dugard”

  1. Bernarda D.

    Reads like historical fiction with amazing detail
    Livingstone and Stanley in Africa should be a gripping story. Unfortunately, too many historians manage to get so lost in their details that they forget a story ever took place. Not so with Martin Dugard.

    Dugard has a great command of the art of storytelling, and he manages to incorporate so many details and so much information along the way that I feel I learned more about the subject than any ten textbooks could have taught me — but without the pain.

    Lee’s reading is clear and entertaining — his accents are sometimes accurate and sometimes amusing, but always kept me wanting to hear more.

    Well worth a listen.

  2. Richie Chum

    The perfect book to listen to while in Kenya
    Where does Into Africa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  3. Santo Dismuke

    great performance
    great preformance, good writing, very informative. The author appears to make an effort to be unbiased with the curious exception that he appears to be… a little…anti- Livingstone. Assuridly the man had flaws, but I’m not sure one can morally condemn him for accepting the kindness of strangers- even slavers, rather than turning around….and..walking back into the starvation wilderness….? one could imagine that if this author made cause against oil, he would decline to take the interstate, skip the roadside ditch (made with fuel using machinery) and simply walk cross country from any point A to point B.

  4. Stefania Nathanson

    A Great Story and Equally Great Narration
    I only knew of Martin Dugard as the co-author of the “Killing” books written with Bill O’Reilly, and did not know that Martin Dugard was a highly regarded author in his own right.

    When I came across Into Africa I was intrigued by the story and also by the sample narration I listened to. Knowing really nothing of the true story behind the famous quotation; “Dr. Livingstone, I presume ?” I wanted to learn more used a credit for the audiobook.

    Into Africa was easily my favorite non-fiction audio book of all I listened to in 2013. Supported by John Lee’s wonderful narration this audiobook is equal parts a biography of the explorers Stanley and Livingstone as well as a story of exploration and survival.

    Having been to Africa four times on safari I simply can not imagine setting off on a quest that would take me half-way across a vast and dangerous continent completely devoid of roads and with no methods of reliable communication.

    Nevertheless, this is exactly what Livingstone did in his bid to locate the source of the river Nile. The story of how Stanley and Livingstone would ultimately meet equals any real life adventure I have ever read. As an audiobook the story of their lives and adventures come to life. I highly recommend it.

  5. Heriberto Seamen

    History Lesson with High Adventure!
    Any additional comments?

  6. Glenn Gillon

    Good Travel Log From Mid 1800’s
    Dugard does a nice job of taking us along with Stanley and Livingston as their separate lives of adventure, eventually bring them together. Enjoyable and informative

  7. Augustus Viands

    A Solid Book; Not a Great Book
    Out of Africa took a fairly long time to finish compared to other books I listen to, but I’m not completely sure why that was? I do know that it was not the narration; as always, Lee’s performance was brilliant. The history was very interesting so I can only put my apathy down to the writing. It just lacked a little something?

    My draw to this book, as I surmise may be the case with others, was that enduring quote; “Doctor Livingston I presume?” This book does a pretty solid job of relaying the entire history behind Stanley and Livingston, but it is not one of those books that will enthrall the reader or evoke emotion. Perhaps I’m simply spoiled because I have listened to so many books that do just that? Hence, I cannot give the book five stars for the overall or the story. That said it is a book that educates and for that it will remain in my library and will likely be queued up again for another listen.

  8. Brunilda Ashauer

    Excellent, but
    Very difficult to follow the travels without maps. Any creative way to provide them? Still excellent.

  9. Lino Bugay

    great great great!
    so now when my racist friends say something stupid like “you know African slaves were captured and put on the boat to Murica by other Africans” i will now have a solid source for rebuttal.
    Thank you Martin Dugard!

  10. Tammy Boero

    Great dose of history
    The details of the exploration and color that the author Included made for a great read. It’s a historical book with enough drama to make it a light fun read! I would recommend this to anybody intrested in stories about exploring and the history of Africa.

  11. Dani H.

    Gripping Take
    I could hardly turn off service when listening to this fabulously well-written historical account of the lives and adventures of these two renowned explorers. It has all the ingredients of great storytelling: big characters, immense physical and emotional challenges, the horrors of the slave trade and the homicidal economics of colonialism. What a gripping tale.

  12. Refugio Swenceski

    Stanley Into Africa
    What I expected was more about the life of David Livingstone and his missionary service in Africa, with the addition of characters like Henry Stanley and others.

    What I got instead was really more about Henry Stanley and his journey into Africa to find David Livingstone.

    The narrator was very good and would often switch between accents for each character in the story, based on thier nationality.

    What I didn’t like about the story was the graphic sexual detail of various characters lives, including homosexuality. To me this add very little to the story and almost turned me off from listen after the first two hours.

    Fortunately there is much more to this story. Once the story really got going the author kept me in suspense about what would happen to David Livingstone and how he would be found. Much of the story was about the difficult journey that these early adventures had with dangerous animals, disease and sickness, slave trade and dangerous tribes. The second part of the story was very exiting especially as Henry Stanley got close to David Livingstone.

    The historical background of the declining British empire and the rising United States added more greatly to the compling nature of the story.

    This story is based on recent information found (2002), concerning the life and travels of Henry Stanley.

  13. Shannon Mcamis

    Welcome to Africa
    I really enjoyed the in-depth histories of Stanley and Livingstone, and the shorter histories of some of the other figures. I learned a lot about the difficulties of African expeditions during this time period.

  14. Michele Eggenberger

    Great first half, super interesting and detailed!
    I love reading expedition books, and this is pretty much the ultimate early expedition of Livingstone first and then Stanley across what is now Tanzania. Livingstone searching for the source of the Nile, Stanley searching for Livingstone. I just visited Ujiji and stood under a mango tree where the “Dr Livingstone I presume?” supposedly happened, and I wish I’d read more about the history of it first.

    The first half of the book was fascinating, the second half slowed down a ton. Stanley wasn’t a good guy, for the most part, and racism was so offhandedly accepted that it makes reading about Stanley’s march pretty angering at times. I think the story could have used some tightening up on the back end. But I still really enjoyed it overall.

    A note about the narrator: he’s kind of dire. I think he was trying to do an American accent for Stanley and it was so comical it made me chuckle the first few times he brought it out, but after a while I realized the last half of the book was going to be peppered with what sounded like John Wayne with a speech impediment and it was excruciating to listen to. The narrator should no WAY have stuck it out – it was nails on a chalkboard towards the end. Just identify Stanley as an American (which he wasn’t, exactly) and then use the narrator’s normal accent and just give him a different voice. Same with nearly all the other accents. Wow that was painful. HIs normal narrating voice was better, though not my favorite.

  15. Susan

    A very interesting story
    The characters are very well described and the description of their journies into Africa make you feel like you were almost there with them (but thankfully weren’t!).

  16. Altagracia Sitterson

    Call me Bwana!
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

  17. Long Stepter

    Fantastic audio book
    The Narrator of this book did an amazing job giving life to the people in this slice of history. Great job on the accents giving emotion to the voices involved in this captivating book.

  18. Janice

    The journey before the meeting
    Dougard has done an excellent job of going beyond the mythology of the now famous catch phrase “Dr. Livingstone I presume” to place the meeting in its proper context. From the opening of the book, providing the back story of Nile exploration by Burton and Speke, to the politics of the Royal Geographic Society and the Anglo-American newspaper rivalries, Stanley’s search for Livingstone is shown to be more than just a walk through the jungle to find a missing man. Both of the primary characters are fleshed out sufficiently to see that neither was purely hero or saint, making the story both more believable and more interesting. The sheer physical effort it took both men to accomplish their respective journeys is astounding. The horrors of the slave trade and casual racism of the time can be difficult to read about, but is essential to understand the push for empire building in the 19th century. And in our own era of instant communication it is almost incomprehensible to realize the length of time – usually measured in months, perhaps years – for a simple letter to reach England. No wonder Livingstone’s whereabouts were in question for so long.

    I enjoyed this book for what I learned about the Stanley-Livingstone history and the insights into the global context. I think a little tighter editing of detailed back-stories on largely peripheral characters would have kept things moving along better, but it’s a small complaint, and overall I recommend this book for those who are interested in this type of historical adventure.

  19. T.Stick

    Rich, erudite, exotic adventure.
    This is a well written, exciting, fact filled African adventure experience.
    Hazards, disease, vastness of area and trail troubles abound in this uncomfortable account of discovery.
    Deep insights into the lives both at home and abroad of Livingston and Stanley.
    Fascinating reading that produces ones own passion for research on this region.
    An enjoyable armchair immersive introduction to the wilds of African discovery and knowledge.
    Highly recommended.

  20. Blackmac

    Interesting listen
    For those who like historical novels, this is a must listen. It has all the intrigue and adventure one might expect from a fictional tale. The author gives a realistic and interesting background of all the characters involved. The narrator was also very good with his Scottish burr. Although, I thought the author was a bit too negative on poor Stanley’s background, as if he was somehow inferior to everyone else. I knew of Livingstone’s accomplishments (a distant family connection) but had no idea of Stanley’s impressive accomplishments. The other reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because the unabridged version gave quite a lot of extra information which didn’t really add much toour understanding of Stanley and Livingstone. Still, an excellent listen overall.

  21. Hertha Papan

    Very interesting book
    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

  22. Michael

    Into Africa
    Into Africa was a great “listen”. Very well read book. Made me feel that I was there with the travellers. Great comparison of each character’s whereabouts, trials and tribulations.

  23. James

    An incredible adventure story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  24. Carolynn Lopaz

    Sublime Historical Adventure
    If you enjoy answering your curiosity about one of history’s most amazing accomplishments, you’ll savor this book. To learn about the lives, personalities and especially the hardships that Livingston and Stanley endured in their pursuit of knowledge brings a new meaning to the definition of “adventurer”. I will never forget it, and I highly recommend it.

  25. Onie Santamaria

    Fascinating Adventure Travel Story
    What did you like best about this story?

  26. Richard Mausser

    Great information not a real easy listen
    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

  27. Christi Monteleone

    Take a safari back in time
    One of those books that makes you feel that are you are in another century and place. A good listen.

  28. fred

    Spoiler Alert: They do eventually meet
    At times this book seems as long and drawn out as the Nile. At other times I found it to be very interesting and exciting. There are a ton of wonderful characters who made a mark on 19th and even 20th Century world events. With extensive description of hardships endured along the way and violent confrontations, this is not a book for the faint-hearted. I have a new appreciation for the different viewpoints of those involved with African slavery. Do not pass this one up but beware of slow parts…just like any other adventure.

  29. Margarette Swiney

    An amazing story, told extremely well. John Lee’s narration is superb and Martin Dugard’s storytelling is very skilful; it’s hard to stop listening. Great work.

  30. Stephanie

    Incredible journey
    This book was a joy, every bit as good as Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.” The perils Stanley and Livingstone faced, their courage, their passions, and their prejudices are all here in the story of one man’s quest for the source of the Nile and another man’s quest to secure his place in journalism by finding the “missing” explorer. A fascinating, often harrowing story with superb narration.

  31. Kris Hickey

    Mr. Dugard devise of surrounding this tale with a wide range of influential events and personalities which evoke with insight into this dynamic era of world of change is mesmerizing!
    The vagaries of fidelity during the American Civil War, The Class’s of Victorian England , the sexual proclivities of societies from Constantinople to the sands of Zanzibar give depth to this encompassing view of the world in transition focused intimately on the lives of these two men.
    The reader, John Lee, is superb in nuance and tenor. A great book beautifully read.

  32. Karl Stott

    In recent months, I’ve read “River Of Doubt”, “Lost City Z”, and this title in the exploration/adventure vein. This was by far the best of the three. Terrific pace, flawless narration. It was a great listen all the way through.

  33. Emile L.

    Well done
    Great story, great narration.. really enjoyed going on the journey with Stanley and Livingstone. I liked the way the story flowed between Stanley and Livingstone as their paths converged.

  34. Dannie M.

    Awesome adventure story!
    I was completely enraptured. Martin Dugard’s book was very organized and thorough for what was an involved story. The story itself was well laid out. I was transported into the caravans and felt like I was living the story along with the two adventurers.

    The oral presentation was spectacular as well!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone!

  35. Michaela Eckblad

    a well-thought-out story
    the story is well explained and thought out with good descriptions of locations times. in an attempt to be thorough to it is complicated Tale the story tends to jump from one location to another making it difficult to follow however it is extremely thorough and you can feel like you’re almost walking in Africa

  36. Jeffrey Allgeyer

    one of my highest rated books!
    A real standout gem from the gobs of mediocre fare. I was utterly captivated! Perfectly narrated and matched to the book. If you liked this read- river of doubt- another stunner!

  37. Jamison Emick

    not exactly what I thought it was…
    Any additional comments?

  38. Dillon Tablang

    A Good Listen.
    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

  39. Shayne Schlick

    Awesome historical piece
    The history in this book was incredible. The performance was a bit dry at times

  40. Hung Lipscomb

    Great adventure story to listen while lingering.
    Keeps u interested in every word and detail to unveil one of the big mysteries.

  41. Isaiah V.

    Spasmodic Narrative
    A good book for anyone intrigued by Livingstone and his travels, it gives in-depth account of Livingstone’s last journey which uses sources from the period including Livingstone and Stanley’s journal entries. However the book does have some significant negatives.

    The main negative for me was the spasmodic layout of the narrative – the story jumps jumps back and forth unnecessarily in the timeline and characters appear abruptly, are flooded with backstory and then drop out of the narrative only to reappear at random.

    The narrator was good overall but manages to over-annunciate every single word which eventually drove me slightly insane.

  42. Meghan Dixion

    Most amazing
    What did you love best about Into Africa?

  43. Peter Machain

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into Africa?

  44. Tom

    great book great narratiom. What these people did is inspiring. makes you believe that almost anything is possible. listen to this book I have at least 3 times when I feel like I need a lift from modern day “life is so hard stories ” it helps believe that some people may still exist that can do something for all forthe sake of themselves,you know just to help us all.9

  45. Raphael M.

    Now I️ know the rest of the story!
    This has to be one of best adventure stories of two giants of their time in midsts of two nations turning points … in both cases: one on the ascend, one on the descent

    So worth a listen

  46. Rico Chinen

    increible libro!!
    me encanto el libro te lleva directo a esas epocas donde la expedicion era el highlight de la vida

  47. Nitin

    Very well presented
    A well written book. Clearly well researched and brought togther in a masterful way.

  48. Kristel Pyeatt

    Fantastic story.
    This is one of my most favorite stories. The book and narrator are top notch.

  49. Denny Faubion

    Why exploration captures us.
    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

  50. Dorian Nevel

    a fantastic telling of a fantastic Adventure
    Martin Dugard does an amazing job as he does in all of his books, of weaving the truth of some of History’s most compelling stories into a “can’t put it down” book of proportions just as epic as the topic at covers. This adventure in particular has long needed this in-depth and complete of a telling, No Holds Barred, every detail put in, regardless of the myth surrounding it…and what is left is one of the greatest books on the exploration of Africa to come out in the last 100 years

  51. Samantha Bruegger

    Excellent Story, not so quite audio.
    I would say in general is a good story, very detailed written in the beginning and then ending in a few pages. The audio is not very good and the reader keeps faking accents. I don’t think I would recommend this audio book.

  52. Judson Cammack

    Best Book in a Long Time
    “Into Africa” was an awesome tale. Thoroughly detailed, it chronicles the entire Stanley and Livingstone saga. John Lee brings the story to life in a way few other could. Highly recommend!

  53. Felix K.

    Dugard review
    Excellent book. Interesting information about Africa and well written

  54. Lasonya H.

    awesome, when men were men! highly recommend, all should read this epic adventure, worth a second read

  55. Lila C.

    Great intro to the scramble for Africa
    Great first listen for those interested in the great explorers of the 19th century. Covers a good deal about Livingstone and Stanley while being engaging as a story.

  56. J Y Lytton

    Entertaining and educational
    The extensive research and entertaining writing style contributed to my enjoyment and made this one of the best books I’ve purchased. I also enjoy listening to ebooks read by John Lee. I’m so glad I didn’t pass it by. I still remember the phrase, “Dr Livingston, I presume” From my child hood.

  57. Imelda Jandris

    The Story Behind the Famous Encounter
    I enjoyed listening to this amazing account of the difficult journeys of Livingston and Stanley. Such different men who truly seemed to like each other when they finally met. Be warned there are a few gruesome descriptions of tortures performed by some tribes. However, the overall story is exciting and interesting. Livingston is presented as a sincere Christian without over promoting his faith. The only reason for 4 stars is that the plot takes a bit longer to develop in a few places. However, it is worth the time discover this wonderful story.

  58. Pansy B.

    Great adventure history/misery
    Explorers suffered a lot. And made others suffer. Times were tough. Africa was tough. This is a great story with a great reader.

  59. Melissa Flury

    EPIC! An amazing TRUE story
    an extremely well written and well performed book. It hit all the marks I hoped it would.

  60. LucyLu

    Engrossing and informative
    I love historical books that really tell a story about the people involved, and the era in which the action takes place, and if you do, too, this book doesn’t disappoint. I read extensively in this genre, and found this book particularly interesting because I really didn’t know much of anything about the story beyond Livingstone being an African explorer. Embarrassingly, I knew so little that I assumed he and Stanley were partners in this quest. Boy, did I learn a lot! Both men were truly interesting, with Livingstone emerging as the more purely noble, and Stanley emerging as a little more interesting due to his complexities and character flaws. I don’t want to ruin it for you, as the adventure is compelling.

    Finally, John Lee is a particular favorite of mine, and his completely credible accents, pacing, and inflection are, as always, top-notch. His narration always makes a good book that much better. Highly recommend this service book.

  61. Customer

    Epic adventure story
    Livingston ‘ s quest to find the source of the Nile, and Stanley ‘ s quest to find Livingston is one hell of a tale. Both men suffered unimaginable hardships in reaching their respective goals. This book is less about adventure than it is about endurance against the giant of Africa itself. An astonishing tale that takes us way beyond Stanley’s all to familiar quote.

  62. Francoise Burts

    good stuff
    great book – highly recommend — loved the narrator though I think he could have toned down the voice he gave Stanley. Definitely pick it up.

  63. Jeannetta Crittle

    By Far Among The Best History Reads
    This is one of those books that could have gone on another 10 hours and still have been riveting. A pure gem, Into Africa reads like a suspenseful mystery novel, thanks to brilliant research and writing by author Martin Dugard and the masterful reading by narrator John Lee, whose voice and interpretation was perfect for this work. For anyone who knows nothing about these two historically intertwined figures, as I was, this book will be a surprising treat. Not only does Dugard put the reader right alongside the colliding characters of Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone in the depths of Africa, he also paints a vivid picture of the slave trade and colonialism in the mid to late 1800’s. This book, and its narration, is a work of art and entertaining from the first page to the last.

  64. Rey L.

    Would have liked more pictures.
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  65. Brooks Gomora

    The ways of Africa
    I am a child of Africa. This is more than just the adventures of both gentlemen, but a view of the African ways. Enjoyed it until the very last word.

  66. George A. Lee

    Wonderful adventure
    Initially it was difficult to follow because of the alternating time lines. As I continued to listen I became more in tune with changes. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Also a great lesson on racism as a norm in European and US societies:

  67. Tamisha Farell

    Loved this service book! Great history of Stanley & Livingston! Definitely recommend! If you like history give it a try.

  68. Garfield Grinage

    “Dr Livingstone, I Presume”
    Whether or not these were the exact words spoken by Stanley when he finally met David Livingstone, the story of their meeting and the voyage to bring them together is fascinating.

  69. Antwan Picart

    Exploration Lovers Delight
    What did you like best about this story?

  70. Thurman Klopfer

    The age of exploration is complete
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

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