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Starting in November 2013 in a forest in Rwanda, where a modest spring spouts a trickle of clear, cold water, Levison Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Nile. He followed the river for nine months, over 4,000 miles, through six nations - Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and Egypt - to the Mediterranean coast. Like his predecessors, Wood camped in the wild, foraged for food, and trudged through rainforest, swamp, savannah, and desert, enduring life-threatening conditions at every turn. He traversed sandstorms, flash floods, minefields, and more, becoming a local celebrity in Uganda, where a popular rap song was written about him, and a potential enemy of the state in South Sudan, where he found himself caught in a civil war and detained by the secret police.

An inimitable tale of survival, resilience, and sheer willpower, Walking the Nile is an inspiring chronicle of an epic journey down the lifeline of civilization in northern Africa.

©2015 Levison Wood (P)2016 Tantor

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A good listen, but the himalayas is better

I bought this audiobook after listening to walking the himalayas, another great story but not quite as good in my opinion as his later adventure, also in the other book he reads it which I feel is much better

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A book full of emotion, well worth a listen.

Levison transported me to the Nile, I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed the book. His experiences completely moved me, I learnt things I didn’t know before. Thank you.

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journey of a lifetime

brilliantly written, amusing endearing and Wiveliscombe descriptive. shame it wasn't levison reading it. Will listen to it again in case I missed anything

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Great story, Wrong narrator

This was one of Levinson Woods adventures that I couldn’t get access to via various tv platforms so I decided to listen to it as an audio book instead. The narrator, whilst perfectly competent, completely changes the character of the words and if I hadn’t already seen Levinson on tv I would have come away with a very different impression of him. What is so compelling about him is how down to earth and personable he is. This really doesn’t come across. The narrator is simply too posh and the words of someone who is really quite humble end up sounding pompous. I’d urge anyone interested in Levinson Wood and his adventures to seek out the tv version or else read the books rather than listen to them.

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Interesting, exciting and at times very moving

Woods journey from source to sea is a thrilling account. It really does feel dangerous and unpredictable at many times. This certainly isn't a prearranged Palin style walking trip. From extreme weather, to war zones we see everything Africa has to offer along the Nile. The account documents the fascinating history and cultures along the river as well as showing the rich beauty but also the deep troubles and divides that trouble the region. Most importantly we see humanity in all its shades from the wonderful, kind and funny to the deceitful, violent and unreliable as well as everything inbetween.

The narrator is also very good and speaks in a very posh very clear English accent. I did knock it down a star however as I felt the accent gave the novel a bit of an old fashioned 19th century African explorer tone, that at times made the work feel a little bit colonial.

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Best book I’ve ever read

This is one of the best books I have ever heard, I’ve been planning my own expedition for years and this put so much into perspective.
Regards,
Padraig

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Brilliant book!

Book is brilliant but narrator spoiled it for me, he sounded so annoying and felt he was trying to portray characters differently to what they were in the documentary series.

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An amazing account

This is a great adventure, well told and well read. It was informative and entertaining in equal measure, but with some truly heart wrenching elements. I am sure I will listen to this audiobook again at some point

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  • 29-04-19

gruelling trek

unfiltered and raw and moving. you can feel how hard the walk was by the prose.

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Fascinating and compelling

A superb account of an epic journey. Totally absorbing, Levison Wood is an unbeatable travel writer giving a real insight into the countries and people along the way. Took a bit to get over the precise diction of the reader but you get used to it and become completely absorbed

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 10-11-16

Informative

The book was interesting with regard to the geography the Author walked. Finding out what happened to the people who helped him would have been good.

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  • Alysha Riel
  • 14-10-16

Beautiful story

An unveiled view of the peoples along the nile. Feels as if you're walking alongside Levinson Wood as he triumphs over his obstacles. recommended read!

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  • Erika
  • 19-08-16

Encapsulating

Loved it! The awe and lament of this man's journey is perfectly depicted by perhaps the best narration of which I have ever had the pleasure of listening. From the start I felt as though I blazed the walking trail with Levison. The descriptions are so well articulated I have come away with a whole new perspective of life. Thank you, Levison Wood. Your journey has changed me.

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  • alan elton
  • 01-07-16

Great adventure for an armchair traveler

Subject reminded me of the nineteenth century stories of entering darkest Africa. Am amazed that Mr Wood was not robbed nor hurt by the climate and terrain. I was expecting more confrontations with wild animals (is Africa snake free now?) His fortitude and bravery are to be admired.

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  • EmmaZ
  • 15-09-16

Fascinating story.

Would you listen to Walking the Nile again? Why?

Yes, absolutely. I loved the story, especially the historical and cultural details and already relistened to many passages, not to miss anything.

What did you like best about this story?

It felt very real, alive, I could imagine Africa in a way I could not before and it made me read more, search out more about the continent.

What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed his lively presentation. It brought events closer than just reading the book, I think.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to, but did not have the time in one sitting. Also, it would have been a pity do be done in only one sitting, I felt like extending the listening time, didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend the book.

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  • Kelly
  • 23-06-16

Disappointed. It doesnt live up to the comparison

I bought this book on a whim after reading The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko. That book was full of intriguing bits of history and huge, impactful tales of adventure. I read the entire book over the course of two days and was sad to see it end. Throughout the reading I found myself imagining myself to be a great adventurer who could shoot the rapids right alongside the men in the book. So, I saw Mr Wood's book with its captivating cover and immediately bought it. I really wanted to love it the same way that I loved my adventure through the Grand Canyon. I wanted this book to inspire me to dream of walking the Nile. I wanted to feel the danger, learn the history and dream of the bold and thrilling walk taken by Mr Wood. Unfortunately this book did not stand up to the comparison. For me it felt more like a journal than a novel. I realize that it is nonfiction and is told chronologically, but it doesn't tempt me to walk the Nile. It doesn't prod me to buy more books on similar subjects. This book doesn't scream at me from its place in my library to be read again or to be shared with friends. It also doesn't make me angry that I wasted my precious reading hours... so I guess, in my opinion, it is a comfortably average book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-07-21

Fascinating and more difficult than expected

For some reason I thought this would be an easier listen--there would be charming stories about wildlife and scenery, complaints about blisters, and interesting meetings with locals. But it was a much more interesting and difficult listen, rightly so.

Walking the Nile means walking through countries with lovely and life threatening landscape and deep and difficult histories. So, yes there was some wildlife and scenery but not always charming. Nature itself, including the weather, could be really dangerous. Meeting local people meant meeting some kind and generous and some troubled and violent people. Sometimes people with both in their history. During the time of this walk Rwanda was still reeling from the genocide, South Sudan was at war, and Egypt was basically a police state after a second revolution. There were many times I held my breath hoping they would all make it through. And many time I wanted to cry. I also learned a lot and kept thinking about the implications of colonization, clashing cultures, and exploration after I was done. I'm glad I listened.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-21

Excellent

Beautifully written and an excellent story! I was completely captivated. A must read! I truly felt like I walk through Africa with lev.

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  • ILprep74
  • 28-05-21

Great Book

I thought the narrator's voice did not sound like someone who would walk the Nile. Some one younger sounding, maybe less proper.

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  • Helaine Moesner
  • 08-02-21

wonderful

I really love all his books. He has a wonderful grasp of culture, societal norms and is a true explorer.