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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time | [Mark Adams]

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?
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Publisher's Summary

Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911 - but which reputation is justified?

©2011 Mark Adams (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“Adams deftly weaves together two story lines, each peopled with striking characters and astonishing landscapes.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Thelma Laurel, MD, United States 12-11-12
    Thelma Laurel, MD, United States 12-11-12
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    "Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"
    Would you listen to Turn Right at Machu Picchu again? Why?

    Maybe - after going to Machu Picchu. I think I would hear it in a new way


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of sunrise on the Winter Solstice and learning about Hiram Bingham


    What about Andrew Garman’s performance did you like?

    He made the characters come alive without overdoing it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    While I read this book in preparation for a trip to Machu Picchu, I enjoyed getting an insiders perspective, one that I know I won't get as a tourist.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth SANTEE, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Elizabeth SANTEE, CA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book for history enthusiasts"

    I enjoyed this book although it leaned more in the direction of an educational text book... so if you're looking for action, this isn't the place but I would recommend the book to anyone interested in expanding their historical horizons. I also enjoyed the narration!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Brown Portland, OR USA 02-28-15
    Aaron Brown Portland, OR USA 02-28-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Travel Log"

    Listened to it almost straight through. Never drags. I was sad to see it end. No false drama, just clever pacing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-03-12
    Michael 09-03-12
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    "Interesting but condescending."

    The reader was very good. Easy to listen to and he didn't try to "act out" the different characters with make-believe voices, although he did use an Australian accent for one of the leads. This actually worked pretty well, however, because it helped to differentiate between the two leads and he didn't overdo it.

    Although I learned a lot about Machu Picchu, a place that has long fascinated me, I found the author wrote in a subtly condescending voice, as though his level of comfort was his highest priority. His job had always been, as an editor, to send true adventurers out to get the stories. For once, he wanted to be the adventurer, but, frankly, he should have stayed back at the office where he would have plenty of hot and cold running water, good Scotch in the desk drawer, and people around him who spoke English as their first language.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 03-27-15
    Steve 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Read"

    Pretty good book for those who are interested in South American history. A little dry in places, but a good ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    audible Chicago, Il, United States 02-23-15
    audible Chicago, Il, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Bookin dude

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    "A real adventure"

    Excellent narration makes U part of story. Even though having not traveled to Peru and MP this book made feel as though I had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Boulderbuff64 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great if you're going to Machu Picchu"

    I'm taking a trip to Machu Picchu in a few months. This book got me really excited to take the trail up to the lost Inca city.

    The book chronicles the adventure of a dorky New Yorker who backpacks the Peru mountains to get to Machu Picchu with a rough Australian guide. At the same time it chronicles Harim Bingham, the popularizer of Machu Picchu, and his adventures to find the place. Also a little Inca history is sprinkled in.

    Overall, it is a good book with a good pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 11-20-14
    History Buff Maryland 11-20-14

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    "What an adventure!"

    I enjoyed the way the author wove his own expedition into the orginal one. It isn't a trek for the average office jockey, but that is just what Adams was. Another long book, but made many commutes painless, and brought me that much closer to purchasing tickets to Lima!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    grrmtth 08-13-14
    grrmtth 08-13-14
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    "Great Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the presentation and the authors description of Peru.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story flowed from our hectic life to trekking in the mountians.


    What does Andrew Garman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Easy to listen to listen to his voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes had to stop it every so often so it would last.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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