Carpenter's Geographical Reader: Africa

Read by BettyB

(4.5 stars; 10 reviews)

Fascinating book for all ages telling of travels through Africa over 100 years ago. Covering the continent by steamer and train and other more primitive means of transport, the reader will enjoy learning of African life long before knowledge of this continent was available to most people throughout the world. Summary by BettyB.

Note: This text was published more than 100 years ago in 1905.The listener should be aware that the descriptions of the native peoples, their dress and home life reflected the perceptions and thinking of the early 20th century which some listeners may find offensive.

(7 hr 39 min)


Preface 3:27 Read by BettyB
From New York to Gibraltar 8:26 Read by BettyB
Morocco 9:01 Read by BettyB
Through Interior Morocco 9:01 Read by BettyB
In Fez, the Capital of Morocco 8:58 Read by BettyB
Algeria, General View 10:24 Read by BettyB
In Algiers 10:09 Read by BettyB
The City of Tunis 10:55 Read by BettyB
The Desert of Sahara 6:27 Read by BettyB
In the Oasis off Biskra 8:33 Read by BettyB
A Caravan Ride 12:56 Read by BettyB
Tripoli and its Oases 10:02 Read by BettyB
The Land of the Nile 6:07 Read by BettyB
Egypt- A Trip through the Country 7:46 Read by BettyB
Alexandria and Cairo 14:28 Read by BettyB
Ancient Egypt - The Pyramids and the Sphinx 8:08 Read by BettyB
A Trip through the Suez Canal 6:16 Read by BettyB
Nubia 10:28 Read by BettyB
The Roof of Africa - Abyssinia 12:40 Read by BettyB
Across East Africa by Rail 8:06 Read by BettyB
About Lake Victoria 9:04 Read by BettyB
In Uganda 7:12 Read by BettyB
Elephants and Ivory 9:30 Read by BettyB
The Strange Animals of Africa 7:53 Read by BettyB
In the Sudan 5:33 Read by BettyB
About Kuka and Lake Tchad 10:40 Read by BettyB
In the Land of the Hausas 10:23 Read by BettyB
The Upper Niger - Timbuktu and Jenne 13:04 Read by BettyB
The Spanish Possessions 2:09 Read by BettyB
The Home of the Negro 10:34 Read by BettyB
Senegambia, Sierra Leone aand Liberia - The Kroos 10:53 Read by BettyB
Lagos - A Visit to a West African Factory 6:19 Read by BettyB
The Yorubans - Southern Nigeria 8:37 Read by BettyB
The Home of the Gorilla - Kamerun and French Kongo 5:54 Read by BettyB
The Kongo and Its Basin 9:54 Read by BettyB
Life upon the Kongo 14:30 Read by BettyB
Trade and Commerce of the Kongo 8:18 Read by BettyB
In the Great African Forest - Pygmies 8:41 Read by BettyB
Through German East Africa to the Indian Ocean 10:48 Read by BettyB
Zanzibar 5:35 Read by BettyB
With the Portugese in Africa 12:44 Read by BettyB
British South Africa 8:00 Read by BettyB
Rhodesia - the Zambesi - The Niagara of Africa 5:22 Read by BettyB
Farming in South Africa 8:22 Read by BettyB
A Visit to an Ostrich Farm 11:32 Read by BettyB
Kimberley and the Diamond Mines 11:28 Read by BettyB
The Gold Mines of South Africa - Johannesburg 9:39 Read by BettyB
Natal, the Garden of South Africa 8:51 Read by BettyB
Cape Colony 8:44 Read by BettyB
German Southwest Africa 5:44 Read by BettyB
Angola or Portugese West Africa 11:08 Read by BettyB


Full of fascinating information

(5 stars)

These books are a delight, and the reader is a joy. I've listened to several of the Carpenter's Geographical Reader books, all read by Betty B - a huge undertaking, as each book is many hours long and there are several in the series. Of course some of the information is wildly out of date, although most of it remains relevant today. Instead of a dry textbook, these books are bursting with life. Full of vivid accounts of people, and places, notes on local costumes and customs, local foods and religions, architecture, how various economies run, exports, histories of each destination, etc, all composed in a very approachable, personal style, as if the listener is on a trip with the author, who is constantly awed by their surroundings. In an era where you could climb the pyramids, and buy your own mummy to ship home, these are an amazing record of events as they were at the time. They are certainly unlike any textbooks published today, and are a brilliant listen. Thank you Betty B for all your hard work

(5 stars)

Great book, Great stories and tales for someone that is adventurous or likes history. I wish I had been there with them.