This ausio mp3 is amazing. It is riveting and kept me at the edge of my seat. For anyone who is into the history of Amazonian exploration, this is a good book. Narraiton is excellent!
Adventure, anthropology, mystery
Any mention of bugs burrowing and living under the skin of the men for long periods of time...I can't get those images out of my head!
This was my first.
No extreme reaction, and definitely no laughing! It was very relate-able though, so I feel like I really got to know the men and what they were going through. This story will stick with me for a while.
It was a little dry in places, but isn't most non-fiction? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a case study in adventure, in native people, in the rain forest, and in human nature. Not that having a movie based on a book should denote its success, but I honestly cannot believe there is not a movie based on this one, given the number of people who tromped off into uncharted territory looking for the original lost crew, and then those who went off looking for them when they didn't return! The amount of fame given to this "Lost City of Z" in it's day is amazing, and that I'd never heard of it before I read this book, even more so! I also thought it was amazing how awful the natives were treated (maimed, tortured, killed by the hundreds and thousands) by early explorers, and that THAT has not received more attention in our history books or by Hollywood.
I also read Endurance, about a shipwreck in the Antarctic, and found it absolutely fascinating, if not unbearably unlucky, that one of the men who survived that hell went on to experience this one.
All in all, I would recommend this to a friend. If you love history, exploration, and/ or real-life mysteries, this book is for you!
Someone who was hoping for one rambling, unfocused digression after another.
The book I should have purchased instead of this.
The final one, when I knew I wouldn't have to submit myself to this any more in the hope that it would get better.
Extreme frustration, impatience, confusion, boredom, disinterest. Basically everything you hope a book would never make you experience I feel like I was just put through some punishing, sadistic test.The only thing this book made me curious about was when, if ever, the topic to which the title was dedicated would actually be discussed and expand upon.
I spent over 8 hours listening to the authors rambling digressions on everything from the conditions in the trenches of WWI, the extended life story of almost every explorer since the dawn of man (regardless of relevance), the lighting system on the streets of British towns, some Americans who were introduced then kidnapped then never really mentioned again, Sir Author Conan Doyle, theosophy, Madam Blavatsky, almost every person Fawcett has ever met, every person they've ever met, a really disjointed and mostly uninteresting and largely unimportant recounting of the authors trip, including over a half an hour discussing his trip to the outdoor shop, where he and his wife order their Chinese food from, a 20 minute recounting of Fawcett in TinTin, 20 more on this fictitious encounter with Indiana Jones you name it. I spent the entire 10 hours waiting for him to get to the point, and he did, for a grand total of about 45 minutes. It seemed like this guy had almost nothing to write about, so he wrote about 10 hours of filler all so that he would have an excuse to scratch an itch and discuss Fawcett. Whoever edited this book must have had indescribably bad trouble on focus and task execution. I have awful ADHD and even I was exhausted listening to this. The author seemed wholly incapable of mentioning any person or topic, without giving a half our narration back to conception and perhaps the dawn of time. I spent the whole time waiting for this to get good, clinging to hope every time he mentioned Fawcett that this would be the time he finally was able to focus and discuss him for more than a sentence. Don't ever make the mistake of reading this book, read River of Doubt, it's an incredible book, do not waste your time or money on this. This is the last time I ignore screaming reviews because I believe something can't be that back. It can be and I paid the price for my stupidity.
Well researched true story of the last British adventurer/treasure seeker. Fausett was quite willing to sacrifice his life and that of his expedition to find truth and to map the last unexplored last blank space on the map.
Loved the book. I love adventure stories based on real-life adventures, and if you have a similar taste you will want to read this book.
The focus is not only on the legendary lost city of Z, but on the mystery surrounding Percy Fawcett who disappeared in the Amazon without a trace in 1925. The book provides a lot of historical background of the times and about the men who took on the challenge. The book is well-researched and you want to continue reading to see how it will end.
I was expecting a tale of adventure or something along those lines, this is just a recount of history, told in a fairly monotone way that makes it hard to pay attention. I eventually got lost enough to give up and didn't finish the listen. For those into history on this subject, it is very factual and would prove to be interesting, just not for me.
As a rule history books do not interest me. I wasn't aware this was more of a history book than a story.
Yes, some years hence. The interplay of diverse characters, ethnic groups, cultural practices and geographic locations combine to offer a unique adventure that transcends space and time.
The author. He successfully orchestrates and integrates the disparate elements of the story, while implying that he is just an ordinary guy, and not an adventure seeker.
Prounciation of geographic name places and persons is most effective.
The descriptions of expedtion members strengths and frailities when facing obstacles of injury, sickness, insufficient food and mental stress.
I became so caught up in the story that I found myself referring to a map of Brazil to follow the route. This helped clarify the story.
No. I thought it would be an adventure but it read more like a piece of history.
I'll be tuning into Deep Survival
The performance was fine, very even keel.
No. I didn't even finish it. I got to about the last 20 minutes and decided it was enough. I may return to finish it up.
The story was hard to follow. There was the central thread of Percy Fawcett's exploration but there were so many other search parties going on that I couldn't follow what year it was and which exploration was being discussed. A little confusing and not really an adventure. More a historical dissection of the exploration of the Amazon.
Dahlonega, Georgia USA
A very entertaining listen that is very well produced in all aspects of the audio format. The author does a great job with admittedly sometimes scant and speculative material.
It was enlightening to hear another super-adventurer's enticement with the Amazon, although the author uses the shot-gun approach to tell everything rather than the direct story-line of Roosevelt's "River of Doubt."