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
"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)
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."
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.
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