David Livingstone

By Thomas Hughes
Read by Frederick Davidson

8.77 Hours 01/19/1994 unabridged
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Born in an overcrowded slum in Scotland in 1813, David Livingstone worked twelve-hour days in a cotton factory from age ten to twenty-four. But a pamphlet by Karl Gutzlaff changed his life. Resolved to become a missionary, he applied himself to medicine, self-educating and eventually qualifying as a doctor. In 1841, Livingstone left for Africa as a medical missionary, where he would stay for thirty years. In that time, he became a missionary geographer, ethnologist, chemist, botanist, astronomer, anthropologist, discoverer of Victoria Falls and the source of the Congo, and the first to cross the continent. Africans revered him as a virtual saint, while his academic accomplishments became Western legend.

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Born in an overcrowded slum in Scotland in 1813, David Livingstone worked twelve-hour days in a cotton factory from age ten to twenty-four. But a pamphlet by Karl Gutzlaff changed his life. Resolved to become a missionary, he applied himself to medicine, self-educating and eventually qualifying as a doctor.

In 1841, Livingstone left for Africa as a medical missionary, where he would stay for thirty years. In that time, he became a missionary geographer, ethnologist, chemist, botanist, astronomer, anthropologist, discoverer of Victoria Falls and the source of the Congo, and the first to cross the continent. Africans revered him as a virtual saint, while his academic accomplishments became Western legend.

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Author Bio: Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes (1822–1896) was born at Uffington, Berks, and educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford. He was called to the bar in 1848, becoming a county court judge in 1882. He was a Christian Socialist and supported trade unionism and helped to found the Working Men’s College and a settlement in Tennessee, USA. He wrote a number of biographies and social studies, but he is primarily remembered as the author of the semi-autobiographical public school classic, Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857).

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 8.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English