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The Lost World | [Arthur Conan Doyle]

The Lost World

Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The creator of Sherlock Holmes delivers a classic adventure fantasy in this tale of a trip by journalists, scientists, and adventurers to investigate rumors of dinosaurs on a mysterious plateau deep in a mythical South American jungle. Much fun and over-the-top adventure ensue. The author is ably supported by Glenn McCready, who delivers a narration very much in the nineteenth-century style. He plays up the characters' big personalities and celebrates the rather orotund style of the writing, which isn't as tight as in the Holmes series. Not for modern-fiction-only readers, this collection will appeal most to lovers of nineteenth-century literature.

Publisher's Summary

Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2008 Naxos Rights International; (P)2008 Naxos Rights International

What the Critics Say

"Glen McCready's performance captures the time and tone of Doyle's material perfectly without straying into melodrama." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Simon Fraser NYC 07-26-09
    Simon Fraser NYC 07-26-09 Member Since 2009

    Draws comics

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    "Wit and Drama"

    I love this book, it's hugely entertaining with superbly drawn characters and a rip roaring plot. The reader of this edition, Glen McCready, voices the tale into colourful, energetic, life and really brings out the humour in the writing. I expect I'll listen to this one a few times.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Vijay Lafayette, IN, USA 04-01-09
    Vijay Lafayette, IN, USA 04-01-09
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    "Jurassic Park...written a hundred years earlier"

    The book starts off a bit slowly, and after about 30 minutes, the real action starts. It has all the ingredients that make a great story--a logical storyline, beautiful writing, humour, adventure,...

    After all, it's written by the author of Sherlock Holmes series. How can it be anything less than wonderful?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson 09-27-10
    Jefferson 09-27-10 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "Sherlock Holmes Observes Pterodactyls???"

    Ah, the world is a wonderful place when you can enter a vast, isolated, inviolate plateau rising high from the Amazonian jungle wilds and then examine its unknown flora and fauna, discovering "extinct" dinosaurs from the Jurassic. Of course, some of those creatures are nightmarish predators, giant, strong, and fast, and there are other unpleasant surprises (ranging from huge ticks to brutal ape-men).

    It all seems far removed from the world of Sherlock Holmes, and yet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle???s Professor Challenger (in his prodigious intelligence, great physical strength, cold scientific vision, and formidable pride) is nearly a wonderfully savory and funny caricature of the famous detective.

    The Lost World is a humorous, exciting, vivid, and well-written early example of the "lost world" sub-genre of science fiction, featuring intrepid (white) explorers whose adventures in inaccessible exotic locales become catalysts for violent and dramatic change.

    And the reader Glen McCready is excellent! His savory reading caught me from the opening scene, in which the lovesick newspaper reporter Malone woos his spoiled beloved Gladys but is rejected because she wants him to be a hero. And McCready's pedantic and pompous booming Professor Challenger voice is a delight for the ears. His good-natured narrator Malone, dry Professor Summerly, and steely Gentleman-Sportsman-Adventurer Sir John Roxton are fine, too. And he reads every word and phrase and sentence and pause with just the right amount of wit, meaning, pleasure, pitch, and pacing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Raleigh, NC, USA 05-28-10
    Steve Raleigh, NC, USA 05-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    One of the great old adventure stories that still holds up today. Glen McCready's narration is perfect. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Jenkins Kirkland, WA 12-08-14
    Henry Jenkins Kirkland, WA 12-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Thin characterization = I don't care"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's possible that it might have come across somewhat better on paper. Perhaps people familiar with the full body of Conan Doyle's work would know how to get something out of his less successful works that I didn't.


    What could Arthur Conan Doyle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    His characters were adult men who whine and bicker with each other like a couple of children in the backseat of a car. If I liked any of the characters I would have cared more about their adventures. But these were not people I wanted to spend time with.


    How could the performance have been better?

    McCready's character voices are dry, English and generally unemotional, which makes them hard to particularly like. So when the high points of the performance come from listening to him argue with himself, it's a recipe for the whole thing to be downright unlikable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were two scenes at the British Archaeological Society meeting - one at the beginning, one at the end - that had me laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't win 'em all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 07-15-13
    Christopher BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 07-15-13
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    "Great performance of an excellent story!"

    McCready's performance alone would make this enjoyable even if the book wasn't so well written. The last five hours are especially exciting, fast paced, and filled with adventure. Doyle includes a lot of humor in the book which McCready expertly delivers. I immediately started looking for other books narrated by McCready.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Callum NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom 12-11-12
    Callum NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom 12-11-12
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    "Review of ''The Lost World''"
    What did you love best about The Lost World?

    Excellent narration and an imaginative adventure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the ape men relate to Challenger as his appearance resembles their chief.


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

    Laughed at some points


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-16-12

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "The Original Jurassic Park? Yes and No."

    It's amazing how you can be aware of a book all your life, think you know what it is, and then be completely stunned because it's not what you expected at all. If you've seen TV or film versions, you've not experienced the real story. Having said that, the story is a much quicker adventure than I expected, and it almost demands a sequel just to explore what isn't touched upon. Prof. Challenger, especially, is one of those memorable characters of literature who just stays with you because you love to hate him - even though he's not a villain - because it's hard not to share his enthusiasm for the adventure. Every film version I've ever seen paints him the straight-laced gentleman, and it just couldn't be further from Conan Doyle's original. As a surprise, it's quite a bit different from the writing style of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. All in all, it's very much a straightforward, old world adventure, and well worth the short time it takes to go through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JQL new franklin, MO, United States 09-10-12
    JQL new franklin, MO, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thrilling Adventure! It's a classic for a reason!"
    Where does The Lost World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3. I also love Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost World?

    Wow, too many to name. Sit back and let your imagination take in the amazing way the author portrays this "lost world." Their narrow escape is really cool but I don't want to say too much to give anything away.


    Which character – as performed by Glen McCready – was your favorite?

    They were all done with individual characteristics - very well done by the narrator. I might have a slight sweetness for the big burly captain.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably listen to this again in a year, it is really phenomenal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Eric Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "19th cent. Jurassic Park: dinosaurs in Venezuela"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

    We just returned from vacation in southern Venezuela, seeing Angel Falls and visiting the flat-topped rock


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost World?

    The treachery by one of the guides. Also the release of the pterodactyl in a packed Royal Albert Hall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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