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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 2010

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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.

    11 of 11 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?

    8 of 8 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.

    6 of 6 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 2015
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Fehr 06-29-15
    E. Fehr 06-29-15
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    "Excellent book"

    This was an excellently written and read book. Highly recommend! Precursor of Chricton's Jurassic Park.

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    Igor 05-21-15
    Igor 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    It's a classic and a must if you're a reader of fantasy.
    Both the story and narration reflect the period in which events are supposed to have taken place.

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    Sandra H. Waldman 05-02-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    What a creation! The superb narration, assigning wildly entertaining voices to such unique characters, brought to life a tale so fantastic that I half believed the account was genuine!

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-26-15
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Classic Excellence!"
    Any additional comments?

    Stop reading this right now & go download it. 5 stars straight across! There is a reason This book is considered a classic and I for one am thrilled it wasn't ruined by horrible direction or narration. I highly recommend this book.

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    Aric 02-11-15
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    "Takes half of the book for anything to happen"

    First, the narrator doesn't help matters. He has a dry, old-time English voice, which is rather appropriate if they were trying to replicate the voice used at the time. Nevertheless, it is not a very engaging voice for a modern audience. In addition to that, it takes at least half of the short audiobook for anything really interesting to happen. Then it is mostly calmed down for the last hour or so of the book. So there is roughly 3 hours of good, exciting story. I would recommend a pass on this one for most people.

    0 of 0 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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    "a good victorian story"

    it was an interesting storyline and you can see why many later authors owe alot to sir arthur conan doyle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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