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Walking the Nile

Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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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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Great listen

An excellently written and told story, thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Look forward to listening to Levison Wood’s other ventures.

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Keep trekking, Lev!

Levison Wood is young, intrepid, well-informed and curious. Good qualifications for a traveller. That he has apposite powers of observation and a skilful way with words qualifies him as a good travel writer. Result: One consumes his work greedily and goes looking for more.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 10-11-2016

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
  • 14-10-2016

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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  • alan elton
  • 01-07-2016

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
  • 15-09-2016

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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  • Erika
  • 19-08-2016

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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  • Kelly
  • 23-06-2016

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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  • Libby
  • 14-08-2020

Not to be missed

Gildart Jackson brings the story to life. His measured style and careful pronunciation is a joy to hear I hope he reads more Levison Wood expeditions

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  • Lisa Wright
  • 25-02-2019

Great Narration, Incredible Adventure

Thought I was embarking on a hiking adventure with Levinson Wood... little did I know, it was an African adventure story, history lesson, and so much more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-2019

Fantastic

Loved it. You will not want it to end. what an incredible story and adventure.

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  • lso
  • 22-01-2018

Riveting!

An amazing account of strength, feelings, stamina and determination. Once you start this read you won't be able to put it down! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2017

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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  • mellanie jordan
  • 09-12-2019

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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  • S.W
  • 08-07-2020

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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  • Paul
  • 18-03-2020

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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  • KC
  • 29-04-2019

gruelling trek

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2019

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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  • Jonathan Bond
  • 05-02-2019

inspiring, beautiful and tinged with heartache ..

for those with the urges to discover this has it all .. i was sceptical that an african conquest would teach me much of life .. but it was truly awe inspiring feom start to finish and very humbling.

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  • Steve Hughes
  • 27-11-2018

Great adventure with highs and extreme lows.

a wonderful insight into the countries he walked through and the turmoil they are in.

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  • formidible
  • 30-09-2018

Amazing journey

One of the best travel books I've ever read. I'm so pleased to have discovered Levison Woods writing. Full of real heart and excitement, his prose conjours in your mind a real sense of place and time. He manages to tell his story like a thriller and at the same time he doesn't shy away from including essential politics, religion, war and the sheer character of the places and people he meets along the way. His walk is a wonderful achievement, and so too is this Book. Gildart Jackson does a great narration. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Adrian Muckley
  • 23-08-2018

better than the TV series

I enjoy travel and adventure books, and having watched the TV series I thought this would be interesting... I must say the book brings Lev's adventure to life and is more in depth and entertaining than the series was. Well worth a read.