The River War - An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.7 stars; 31 reviews)

When the self-proclaimed Mahdi (“Guided One”) gathered Islamic forces and kicked the Anglo-Egyptians out of the Sudan, he unleashed a backlash. With the image of the heroic General Charles Gordon dying at Khartoum, the British public was ready to support a war to reclaim the lost territories. And when the political time was right, a British-Egyptian-Sudanese expedition led by the redoubtable Herbert Kitchener set out to do just that.

The river involved was the Nile. For millennia, its annual flood has made habitable a slender strip, though hundreds of miles of deserts, between its tributaries and its delta. Through this desolate region, man and beast struggled to supply the bare essentials of life. Though this same region, the expedition had to find and defeat an enemy several times larger than itself.

The young Churchill was hot to gain war experience to aid his career, and so he wangled a transfer to the 21st Lancers and participated in the last successful cavalry charge the world ever saw, in the climactic battle of Omdurman. He also had a position as war correspondent for the Morning Post, and on his return to England he used his notes to compose this book. (14 hr 13 min)

Chapters

The Rebellion of the Mahdi, Part 1 42:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Rebellion of the Mahdi, Part 2 42:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Fate of the Envoy, Part 1 40:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Fate of the Envoy, Part 2 42:02 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Dervish Empire 47:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Years of Preparation 42:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Beginning of the War 45:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Firket 21:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Recovery of the Dongola Province 53:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Desert Railway 49:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
Abu Hamed 41:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
Berber 36:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
Reconaissance 30:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Battle of the Atbara 29:18 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Grand Advance 29:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Operations of the First of September 27:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Battle of Omdurman, Part 1 31:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Battle of Omdurman, Part 2 45:03 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Fall of the City 21:47 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Fashoda Incident 33:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
On the Blue Nile 44:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
The End of the Khalifa 42:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
Appendix 10:00 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

An Exciting True Story

(5 stars)

The reader has a good voice tone and reads at a steady pace. As the story is an interesting one, this book was a real pleasure to listen to. I had to force myself to bookmark a spot and pull away from this dramatic tale of late 19th century warfare and life in British colonial Africa.

Good Story Good Reading

(5 stars)

It's a great story of the attitude and willingness of a colonial power just 110 years ago. Churchill, being his John Bull best to be a nationalist and racist. So interesting to have him predicting that the UK and France will control all of Africa. This servces as a good grounding in the nationalistic, militaristic thinking that brought on WW1 and WW2, The reader keeps a good, even pace and his elocution seems good and appropriate to the material. If you intend to follow closely, have your maps out.

the river war

(5 stars)

Very well read! Enjoyed the book by Churchill. Fascinating to listen to a description of that time, both military actions and society as it existed in 1889.

The River War - An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

(5 stars)

Well Read, Fun listen and recommended... Thanks!

Very good book about a subject only touched on by a movie

(4 stars)

I then saved it as a .jpeg

VERY WELL WRITTEN AND READ.............A WINNER

(5 stars)

............... R E A D .....................( listen )

The River War- An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

(5 stars)