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Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM By Todd Balf

Based on the vividly detailed log entries of the U.S Darien Exploring Expedition, this is a rich, utterly compelling historical narrative that will thrill readers who enjoyed Isaac s Storm, the accounts of the Shackleton expedition, and all similar sagas of adventure at the limits of endurance.
  • Title: The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
  • Author: Todd Balf
  • ISBN: 9780609609897
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover

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Kim Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
I was surprised that this wasn't more interesting. Seems like just the kind of adventure story I'd love but I never really connected with the characters in this one.
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Joshpenn Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
A great example of what not to do, if you're ever looking for a good time in central America towards the former half of the 20th century.
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Eric Atkisson Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
I read this hoping to learn more about the Darién, the Kunas who live there, and some of the early attempts to cross it, and I wasn't disappointed. The central story about Isaac Strain's doomed expedition is particularly haunting. The author did a good job weaving in a lot of historical research but humanizing the story by focusing on Strain and some of the other central characters involved. Good stuff. Worth reading if you're interested in this sort of thing.
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Steve Bera Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Not the best jungle exploration book I have read, but half of the book was very good and kept my attention. Not a main line exploration story, but certainly has some merits. I am surprised more people didn't die on this adventure. I did order another book by this same author, so that says something. I would read it again, and would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could.
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Joe Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
This was a good, unexpected find about a tragic expedition to find a waterway across the Panamanian isthmus. It takes the author way too long to get started, possibly due to its obscurity and an overall lack of source material, but it's very clear that this was a passion project for the author and the tale was utterly gripping. It's not quite Shackleton, but it's a great, quick read.
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Leigh Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
The middle part about the expedition itself was fascinating and a real page turner. But the beginning and end were a tad meandering. I found myself skimming a lot at the beginning when he was establishing the initial attempts to explore Darien. But it was still an interesting read though I would only suggest it to people who find the subject matter engaging.
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Todd Martin Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
The Darkest Jungle is the story of an expedition led by Isaac Strain in 1854 to find a route across the Isthmus of Dariénin in Panama. This was at a time before construction of the Panama Canal as a shortcut was being sought between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans enabling people to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America. Not only did Strain not discover a shortcut but, due to some unfortunate decisions, the trip turned into a struggle for surv [...]
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Bettie☯ Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
mp3 workadayRead By.: Scott Brick Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (2003)blurb - The Darkest Jungle tells the harrowing story of America's first ship canal exploration across a narrow piece of land in Central America called the Darien, a place that loomed large in the minds of the world's most courageous adventurers in the nineteenth century. With rival warships and explorers from England and France days behind, the 27-member U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition landed on the Atlantic sh [...]
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Julian Walker Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
If you are looking for harrowing adventure and dramatic exploration then this is your book.Sometimes a little wordy, this is an extraordinary tale of true grit and determination, political intrigue and social commentary and paints a clear picture of the difficulties of such physical extremes compared with polite society. An extraordinary slice of history.
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Amerynth Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Todd Balf's "The Darkest Jungle" is a wonderful account of the Darien expedition, which marched its away across a section of Panama jungle in the hopes of determining a route for the much hoped for Panama Canal.The expedition, led by Isaac Strain, relied on bad information and marched its way in the wrong direction, following the wrong river through a dense tract populated by terrifed natives (who fled their villages, burned their homes and hacked apart their canoes to keep them out of the white [...]
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Judy Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
A nice chronicling of the Strain Expedition to discover a route through the Panama isthmus for a shipping canal. Interesting, educational, a well-written account of suffering, adventure and courage. I did find the construction of this audiobook a little odd as the first 5 cds told the story of the expedition, the next 2 discussed what happened to the members of the expedition after it was over and the last one was an epilogue narrating the author's own attempt to retrace the route. Although, I l [...]
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Ruby Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
A trifle over-embellished, but the story is so fantastic that it would feel like a disservice to tell it in anything other than a shrouded, campfire mood. I started listening to the audiobook while we were in Panama and finished it off over several days when we returned. It allowed me to stretch the feeling of adventure I had visiting this mysterious and often contrary part of the world just one week longer, sneaking gradually back to my humdrum day-to-day existence.I recommend it to anyone trav [...]
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William Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Shackelton in Central America. This book chronicles the tragic story of the Issac Strain expedition to find/survey a route for a possible canal across the Isthmus of Darien. Like Scott & Shackelton who followed later, this is a "Man against nature" story as the survey crew becomes lost, and then must battle the Central American jungle for survival.Well written, it also provides a bit of historical perspective on the Central American Isthumus some 50 years or more before the building of the P [...]
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Brian Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Great subject matter about a time and place when men were courageous and selfless and noble and gutsy. My guess is that the editor loused Balf's book up. When reading DJ, there are plenty of moments when the editors chop can be felt. Balf did huge research on his subject, but the finished product doesn't really add up to an awesome experience. What is awesome is the degree to which Balf goes into the past to unearth long forgotten secrets. This is also a noteworthy book in that it evokes awarene [...]
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Jimmy Tarlau Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
I found this to be enjoyable though had to buy the book (used) so I could look at the maps while listening to it in the car (when I stopped!). This is a story of one of the early expeditions to try and find a water route through the Panama isthmus. It was 50 years before the building of the Panama Canal and ended up being somewhat of a disaster with a number of the people in the party dying during the trip. It is well written and is part of a genre that I enjoy - stories of those people who have [...]
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Robert Melnyk Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Pretty interesting book about the exploration of the Darien area in search for a route to build a canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. I learned quite a bit about the history of the effort to build this canal. This book was about an exploring expedition that was searching for a route for the canal in the Darien area which is east of where the canal would eventually be built. Interesting story of exploration and survival.
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Michael Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
I had never heard about the Darien Expidition but decided to give this book a try. It's not a bad book. Interesting and educational. A good little bit of history. If I had a stronger interest in the subject matter I probably would have found the book very good. It's not a bad book though. I definitely learned a few hings about this event and don't regret my decision to read it.
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Summerglo Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
So much information that it was a little hard to follow. Enjoyed reading about the earliest expeditions to find the route between the two oceans. Basic navagational skills and much hardship for these early explorers.
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Carrie Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Interesting read about finding a route that connects the oceans in South America. Well written but the book didn't grab my interest like other exploration books have. I don't think this was the fault of the author but the subject matter.
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Arleen Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Warning to those who listen on audiobook: there is no indication there are footnotes until you get to the next to last chapter. The last 45 minutes are all endnotes. Not good. Also, I had a hard time following the journey with those maps I could get online.
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Susan Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Exploration of the Panamanian jungle. Not as exciting as some exploration books--a lot of setbacks for this group who started their explorations with a lot of faulty information. Interesting story, but it moves slowly.
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Evan Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
The structure of the book is necessary due to the inability of anyone to locate the original expedition journals but a lot of momentum is lost when the exciting, brutal tale of survival ends with more than a third of the book to go.
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Jason Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
I agree with Kim; I had a hard time connecting with the characters in this book. Nevertheless, I found the history and many challenges faced by the party pretty interesting.
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Pabloslist Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
BOOK:1853 expedition by U.S. Lt. Strain to find a Panamanian canal route thru inhospitable Darien wilderness
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Robyn Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Christmas present 2012 for my sweetheart.
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Mark Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
these explorers must have had a death wish. Painful to read.
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Deb Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Be amazed at just what an incredible accomplishment was the building of the Panama Canal!
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Alyce Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
Very interesting, engrossing read. An interesting chapter of American/Panamanian history I didn't know much about. The head of the expedition was from near my hometown, too.
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Darrick Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
This just bored me to death.
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Brett Nov 24, 2020 - 15:26 PM
A pretty interesting account of a miserable trip through the jungle. The book started a little slowly, but picked up once the adventure began. It's no "Heart of the Sea", but still not a bad read.
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The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas By Todd Balf Based on the vividly detailed log entries of the U.S Darien Exploring Expedition, this is a rich, utterly compelling historical narrative that will thrill readers who enjoyed Isaac s Storm, the accounts of the Shackleton expedition, and all similar sagas of adventure at the limits of endurance.

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