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Travels in the interior of Africa in 1795 by Mungo Park, the explorer

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Paul Edwards

1 Hours 34 Minutes

Compagnie du Savoir

March 2016

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Mungo Park was an explorer of the real kind. In 1795, only aged 24, he left Gambia for the uncharted interior of Africa, in a journey that would be filled with tragedy, heroism, and adventure. Park was the first European to ever reach the river Niger and the legendary city of Timbuctoo, thus resolving, once and for all, a century-old geographic debate. He travelled with local guides and later entirely alone, through warring kingdoms, robberies, imprisonment, and extreme duress. By the time he returned to Gambia, he had long been given up for dead. The Travels in the interior of Africa are a collection of the meticulous notes he kept during his journey. This story of exploration and survival told in a simple tone offers unique insight into conditions in West Africa in a time already far away; it is informational, inspiring, and highly entertaining.

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  • Chadi

    The historical insight into a world seldom depicted without fantastic elaboration is a welcome account. The audiobook however staggers at some points without any content then continues on missing a chunk of content. I did rather enjoy the narrator as he brought to life his storytelling. Another point in the negative is that the book ends quite abruptly. Regretfully, the above points take away from the immersion and full enjoyment of an otherwise well written and narrated listen.

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