Roosevelt’s Beast

A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt’s ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition.

By Louis Bayard Read by John Pruden Fiction English, Unabridged 9h 18m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							1914. Brazil’s Rio da Duvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath?

"John Pruden's narration complements the multiple voices, dual gender depictions, multiple languages, creepy atmosphere, and animal sounds with ease, immersing the listener in this fantastic tale." - AudioFile Magazine

“Bayard has written a riveting thriller and psychological study wrapped around historical events and people and gives the reader a real existential puzzle to put together.” - Booklist

"An edge-of-your-seat thriller with all the twists and turns of an unexplored river, Roosevelt’s Beast is also something greater: a triumphant proof that the truths of art can surpass those of history." - Kermit Roosevelt III, great-great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt

"Louis Bayard's gift is to seamlessly merge careful research with the fantastic, the horrible, the sublime, and the universal. Roosevelt’s Beast is an adventure story in the grand style, from a time when the rivers of the Amazon jungle were as unmapped as the depravity of the human heart - had Kipling ever turned his mind to the horror genre beyond short stories, this gripping novel might have been the result." - Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham

“For the past decade or so Louis Bayard has been taking the subjects of ‘genre fiction’ - from Gothic murder to jungle adventure - and rejuvenating them with all the skills of a literary novelist. Roosevelt’s Beast combines dizzying narrative energy with real psychological subtlety and stylistic elegance. It’s an immensely satisfying book.” - Thomas Mallon, author of Henry and Clara and Watergate: A Novel

“Louis Bayard’s imagination is as wild, uncharted, and magnificent as the Amazon, and his tale is as lush as a rainforest. I loved Roosevelt’s Beast and was under its spell from Bayard’s wondrous – and haunting - first sentence.” - Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls