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Bandits of Madagascar

Narrated by: Lawrence Winkler
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Madagascar is a drug. Between its dazzling culture and biosphere - 90 percent of its species found nowhere else - everything is beautiful. But nothing is possible.  

The world’s fourth largest island is also its fourth most corrupt nation. The rivers run red.  

In 2016, I flew 30 hours over three continents, into a singular adventure across 4,000 kilometers of isolation. The roads eviscerate; the poverty steals your heart. The terrain follows, a spider web stranded in your peripheral vision.  

In Bandits of Madagascar are man-eating trees and elephant birds, pirates and slaves, lemurs and chameleons and crocodile caves, cattle rustlers and rosewood thieves, and sapphires and silk and solicitude.  

What always lurks, just over your shoulder, is a crooked spine. Thar be bandits.  

©2018 Lawrence Winkler (P)2018 Lawrence Winkler

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  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 06-09-19

Very negative view.

I'm abandoning this travel narrative, it is way too depressing and is actually making me feel quite nauseous about my upcoming trip.
For every five minutes we spend with lemurs and chameleons, there's half an hour of depressing discussion on forest devastation, corruption, animal massacre and murder. I can't take any more.

This book is also narrated by the author, which was a mistake. There are numerous hesitations while he thinks about a place name and even errors which he then corrects.

I'm sorry, but I shall be returning this audiobook and reading Dervla Murphy's travelogue instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-18

E Skrederstu

Bandits of Madagascar really gave me a good over all view of the country while traveling through with the author.

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