I'm a fan of mystery, science-fiction, and the unusual.
There's not a lot in the way of a story, but I liked it. The descriptions of things that the jungle explorers had to deal with were fantastic, and I got very interested in the topic. It's not the sort of book that I usually read, but it was good, and perhaps I've found a genre I should dig deeper into.
This is a story no less miraculous than that of Troy. Early South American civilization in the Amazon rivaled that in other civilizations in Central America and even Europe. Remarkable!
The narrator was perfect. The author did incredibly detailed research on this topic. The parallel style of his & Fawcett's search for Z was very effective. The historical value of his research is priceless! This true story of mystery & suspense was well told. The descriptions made me feel like I was right there in the jungle with him!
This book, really digs into the public psyche and scientific thinking of the late 1800's and early 1900's. All the while you experience through multiple perspectives, the horrors of the Amazon. I myself will never complain about the occasional mosquito bite again.
It is fascinating on every level of which there are many. If one has any complaints about this book, one must take it up with history, which of course seldom ties up events in an easy to unwrap present. Recommended
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I really enjoyed listening to this book from Science Friday's book club. It has really changed the way I think about the evolution of humans. It has also changed the way I think about the word "civilized".
Kathleen in FL
True stories are always interesting to me. This was no exception. The disappearance of Colonel Fawcett and two others while on an exploration expedition of the Amazon in the 1920's in well known. This author gives us a good back story on the man and his motives for risking his life and fortunes and those of his oldest son and the son's best friend.
This story was told so well. I enjoyed every moment from beginning to end. This expedition was a deadly one if I must say. You have to admire a man who knew what he wanted. It explains how we can all become obsessed with things we believe!! May everyone rest in peace who was killed in that deadly place we call the Amazon.
This story was extremely difficult to follow as it jumped around from present to past with different characters. Nothing came alive in it and listening to it felt like a slog through the jungle never quite knowing where I was. And the ending was needlessly anti climatic. So much could have been done with the whole book.
Very well read, excellently researched, and author David Grann mixes himself so well into the mystery of the missing colonel, I seriously began to worry he would vanish as well into the Amazon jungles (and perhaps translate this volume via spiritualism). Haunting, truly, the real-life characters and quests live and breathe again, and I was sad that this book had to end. I would not have minded another 8 hours or so. Compelling stuff, we really, really do want to know what happened to the intrepid colonel and his son, and we empathize with the surviving family that fretted and worried to the proverbial end. Sadly, we do not have the answer yet (or do we?) and like El Dorado itself, Colonel Percy Fawcett, the perfect archetype of stiff-upper-lip British courage, is now legendary (and I half expect him and his son to still turn up, popping back through the underground portal, young and vital, waving the keys to El Dorado). Art et Amour Toujours