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The Lost World | [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

The Lost World

On a zoology expedition up the Amazon, Professor Challenger has made an inexplicable discovery. Back in London, his claims are ridiculed throughout the professional community. Reluctantly, he recounts to Journalist Edward Malone, "Curupuri is the spirit of the woods, something terrible, something malevolent, something to be avoided. None can describe its shape or nature, but it is a word of terror along the Amazon. Something terrible lay that way. It was my business to find out what it was."
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Audible Editor Reviews

1912 marked the first Professor Challenger novel and a new series for Arthur Conan Doyle. The narrator is newspaperman Edward Malone, who chronicles an expedition up the Amazon to verify the existence of a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs. Michael Prichard handles the dialogue with a good bit of bluster, which to be sure, forms a big part of Doyle's larger-than-life characters. Looking for ways to downplay some of this stridency, as Prichard admirably does with the narration, brings some necessary subtlety to a melodrama that itself can seem like something of a fossil.

Publisher's Summary

On a zoology expedition up the Amazon, Professor Challenger has made an inexplicable discovery. Back in London, his claims are ridiculed throughout the professional community. Reluctantly, he recounts to Journalist Edward Malone, "Curupuri is the spirit of the woods, something terrible, something malevolent, something to be avoided. None can describe its shape or nature, but it is a word of terror along the Amazon. Something terrible lay that way. It was my business to find out what it was."

Professor Challenger vows to prove his tale at a zoological meeting, and a party is formed to find the truth. Edward Malone joins adventurer Lord John Roxton, and staid professor Summerlee on the mission. They journey to the depths of the Amazon, well provisioned and armed to the teeth. But how little they are prepared for what they find there....

Today, Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, but he was also the author of many other science fiction and mystery novels, and The Lost World was one of his best. This original tale of the "living dinosaurs" was the inspiration for many of its kind, including Jurassic Park.

© and (P)2003 Tantor Media, Inc.

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    George Madden Glenmoore, PA 05-25-05
    George Madden Glenmoore, PA 05-25-05 Member Since 2004
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    "It all comes together"

    I just finished this book and enjoyed it very very much. Often there is a section or sections of a book that slow down to a dullness that this one never did. Given the intriguing story line and the great differences between each of the main 4 characters (that the author very well defined), I often found myself in my driveway not wanting to turn off the car (I listen on commutes between home and work). In addition, it was extremely well read by the speakers. Outstanding.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Elkmont, AL, USA 06-01-06
    Cindy Elkmont, AL, USA 06-01-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Family Listening"

    We listened to this book on an extended car trip. Everyone in the car ages 5,8,11,13,16,18 & 44 desired to continue through each burned CD. The story was everything you would expect from A C Doyle with intensely rich vocabulary being the highlight. The narrator did a fine job bringing the book alive without being a distraction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 10-29-08
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    "Humor and adventure by a master storyteller."

    Why did Sir Arthur spend so much time writing about some detective when he could do things like the Lost World, Sir Nigel and the White Company. Although this story has been made into movies (by people who, I don't believe, read the story), don't let that be your guide. Join the expedition to discover a lost world of dinosaurs with interesting fun companions all set in motion by "true love" that stays home to encourage form a safe distance.

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