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The Lost City of Z Audiobook

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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Publisher's Summary

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history.

For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle's The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization, which he dubbed "Z", existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett's fate, and the tantalizing clues he left behind about "Z", became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett's party and the lost City of Z. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle's "green hell". His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett's fate and "Z" form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.

©2009 David Grann; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"The story of Z goes to the heart of the central questions of our age. In the battle between man and a hostile environment, who wins? A fascinating and brilliant book." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point)

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    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 08-11-09
    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 08-11-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Promising content that doesn't deliver"

    As a voracious audible listener Im very familiar with publishers marketing of a title. However in this example its misleading. In effect you will listen to the biography, admittedly of a very interesting character, but its not what is advertised.

    As another reviewer stated..how many times can you say the same thing in different ways? The answer in this case ad infinitum! The story is disjointed and feels in all honesty like a rewriting of someone's memoirs.

    However three stars as the narration and production are excellent.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Baltimore, MD, USA 04-06-09
    Mari Baltimore, MD, USA 04-06-09
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    "very good story, highly recommend it.."

    I really enjoyed learning so much about south america and exploration throughout the last decade. the timeline was a bit hard to stay with as the author bounced between present and pasts a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward A. Kokkila 03-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Well Done!"

    I couldn't offer a better review than that given by Jennifer, except that I rate this book a five because it succeeded in completely captivating my attention for several days - without any distractions that detract from the story. The narration was excellent.

    This book brought back memories of trudging through the forests of Upper Michigan with my Dad and friends during the 1960's, in search of the mythical (to us) Cliff Lake which was reputed to offer some of the best fishing anywhere. It took us many summers but we eventually found it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 08-12-09
    Andre 08-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Read "River of Doubt" instead"

    Extensive press raised my expectations that this would be a notable and memorable book.
    Unfortunately, the so so writing failed to bring the subject matter to life. This book pails in comparison to RIVER OF DOUBT (though it quotes from this earlier work).
    Here's another situation where the author is unable to bring his characters to life on the page -- or to convey the arc of their journey.
    The books promise is sadly done in by its feeble execution.
    Not terrible...however, I would advise checking out better options first.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa Campbellville, Ontario, Canada 07-22-09
    Alexa Campbellville, Ontario, Canada 07-22-09
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    "The Lost City of Z"

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 08-16-16
    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 08-16-16
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    "Ok, not great"

    The book was fine, but never really grabbed me. I think a large part of the problem was the narrator. He didn't speak in a monotone, but he never really varied the cadence of his voice to show different emotions in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Larson 07-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "slow start but ends with a bang"

    the author takes sometime to get to where he's going what the story is great

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    Trisha G. 07-19-16
    Trisha G. 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    I chose this book as it was something different from my usual history and wartime reading. The narrator has a pleasant voice did a great job. I would recommend this book to anyone that seeks adventures in the jungles of South America

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    Ryan S Erskins Baytown, Texas United States 06-15-16
    Ryan S Erskins Baytown, Texas United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Works on you"

    Took me a few chapters to become invested in the story. After becoming aware the story was being written from a biographical point of ideas an autobiographical view.
    Almost unbelievable the hardships and the little monetary gain Percy Fawcett and those that joined him received from his explorations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Flynn 05-03-16
    Judy Flynn 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tried Yet Failed"

    Tried 3 times to get into this book but struggled with the narrators performance so much that I just returned the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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