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."
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I was fascinate by this book. There were some very gruesome descriptions, however of what was suffered by the explorers that were very difficult to listen to during my lunch hour. But if yo can stand the graphic descriptions it is worth the listen. Very very interesting and engaging.
I found this book enthralling by fits and starts. The portions that discussed the experiences of the turn of the century Amazon explorers were very absorbing. My attention drifted, however, during the portions that discussed the author's own preparations and ultimate experience. Those parts left me finally feeling like I'd listened to a shaggy dog story, with an ending crafted toward meeting a deadline.
This is my first book review and I was compelled to write how poor a listen this book was. I kept hoping it waould turn into an adventure, but it was just a documentary of a guy seaching through the jungle. No suspense or adventure.
One of my new all time favorites. A fascinating subject and very well written, not to mention excellently narrated. So good it compelled me to write my first review after being an audible subscriber for over a year. "The Lost City of Z" will leave you wanting more.
I absolutely loved the book. I'm surprised to find the occasional negative review as I thought the book started out amazingly exciting and kept on rolling until the end. The story is told in a well thought out fashion that jumps throughout time to show several different journeys into the Amazon. The ending was interesting and surprising as well and not exactly what I expected.
I admit I did not know of Fawcett prior to reading this book. I found the historical background well researched, and was amazed at the hardships Fawcett and his companions had to endure. It was amazing that they did not die much before their final trip. It was unfortunate that two young men died with him on his final trip.
I liked the follow up when the author discovers what the civilization they were looking for was all about.
A poorly researched and poorly compiled story that would be better suited to fiction rather than Non-fiction. A very jerky narrative further distracts from a weak effort.