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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon | [David Grann]

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

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 find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.
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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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    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.

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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.

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    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 08-11-09
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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.

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-20-10
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-20-10 Member Since 2012
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    "The lost editor"

    While I found the overall story interesting, the author had a very confusing way of switching between the present (his own search for Faucett) and Faucett's actual journey. If you really want to read an excellent book about exploring the Amazon, read "River of Doubt" - about Teddy Roosevelt's journey down the Amazon. Much better book.

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    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!

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    "Loved this book."

    In the same vein as Into Thin Air. Narration is perfect. The story of the audacity of Percy Fawcett.

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    Kindle Customer Durham, NC United States 04-21-15
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    "I was in the jungle with Fawcett"

    Fantastic narration. I felt like i was in the jungle and the mosquitos were on my arms. Grann is a great storyteller creating threads with the past and present.

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    Quentin Dills 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book"

    Couldn't stop listening, heard about it on NPR book club excellent source.
    The narrator was very captivating as well, much recommended.

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    Andrew Altrichter Loretto. MN 03-31-15
    Andrew Altrichter Loretto. MN 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    I really enjoyed this book, the reading was great and the story really pulled me in. Great read! ( well listen in my case)

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    Gina Huff 03-07-15
    Gina Huff 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Riveted!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! History buffs and adventurers alike will enjoy this work. This work transported me to the early 20th century, then back to the late 20th century. I found myself wanting to visit Brazil in search of Z, however, the experience described was so real, I knew I would never survive. I will be listening again and again.


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