Blood River

Blood River : A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

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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 - but 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, 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, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines more

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  • CD-Audio
  • 140 x 148 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • W F Howes Ltd
  • Whole Story Audio Books
  • Rearsby, United Kingdom
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1407417398
  • 9781407417394
  • 1,279,457

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"Quite superb... a masterpiece." John Le Carre "The best thing about Blood River, with its hair-raising descriptions of jungle wildlife (no, not the animals, they've all been eaten - the trigger-happy Mai Mai militia, drunk, stoned, volatile, superstitious and anti-white), is the matter-of-fact way he tells it. When he's terrified, he says, he can feel it behind his knees. This isn't a professional, direct-to-camera, Simpsonesque 'how I liberated Kabul' performance. It's straight from the knees." The Guardian"show more

About Tim Butcher

As a war reporter for the Telegraph, Tim Butcher's work has taken him to many of the most dangerous locations in the world over the past 20 years: Basra, Monrovia, Sarajevo. Yet undoubtedly the greatest challenge of his career was a journey he took independently in 2004, one so dangerous that the Telegraph would not support him in his plans: travelling down the Congo more

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