The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Henry Patterson

Narrated By: LibriVox Volunteers

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 6 hours 23 minutes


In 1898, during the construction of river-crossing bridge for the Uganda Railway at the Tsavo River, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked at night, dragged into the wilderness, and devoured by two male lions.

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo is the autobiographical account of Royal Engineer Lt. Col. J.H. Patterson's African adventures. Among them, his hunt for the two man-eaters. This book was the basis for the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness. (Summary by James Christopher)


  • Damian C

    I'm currently listening to the book and it is very hard not to quit listening due to the female's reading. I know these books are read by volunteers but whoever she is should never be allowed to read again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anna J.

    Great book that is very engaging for those looking for an easy listen that retains that sense of historical adventure. The downside of this free book is that about 7-8 chapters are read by what is clearly a computer narrative. It is very annoying and difficult to ignore as you try to focus on the story. Highly recommend these chapters are re-recorded by an actual reader.

  • Joshua R

    This is a great story. Quality-wise, if say it's shy of Little House on the Prairie but still worthwhile, especially if you're looking for adventure. Real-life stories beat fiction 9 out of 10 times anyway. Unfortunately, the narrator's are hard to listen to.

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