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The Lost City of Z Audiobook

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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Publisher's Summary

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dan P 06-05-17
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    "A nice, steady read."

    Interesting and well paced. It is good to be reminded of a different time when things were done in a less technical environment. The story, characters, and task itself was amazing. History,
    narrative, and perspective are well served here with a wonderful and objective account. I really enjoyed the minutia in this well researched adventure.

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    Rick Urcuquí, Ecuador 05-23-17
    Rick Urcuquí, Ecuador 05-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazon Adventure and Mystery"

    Percy Fawcett was born to be an explorer, first with a military career, then studying at the Royal Geographical Society and heading to South America, where he mounted seven major expeditions to the deepest Amazon rainforest between 1906 and 1924. He gradually became convinced of the existence of an ancient city he called “Z,” and which is mythically known as El Dorado. Fawcett disappeared on his last exploration, together with his son and a friend, and while no one could pick up his trail over the years, it’s estimated that over 100 died trying.

    David Grann’s account of Fawcett’s life, and his own efforts as a journalist to learn the truth of his disappearance and the lost city, met largely with critical acclaim in 2009. And there were more than a few dissents. But whatever the reception, the book is a heroic, edge-of-your-seat adventure from start to finish, of a sort whose time now belongs to the misty past.

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    Larry Dickerson Sun Prairie, WI 04-18-17
    Larry Dickerson Sun Prairie, WI 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Premise Is Silly"

    While the story of Percy Fawcett is an interesting one for those who don't know about the man, the premise of this book (that the author had to personally go and try to find him) is not only silly, it detracts from what could have been a good story. Everything the author learned in the end could have been done so with a couple of phone calls to contemporary archeologists studying this part of the Amazon. Instead his use of his personal quest keeps getting in the way of learning more about Fawcett.

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    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 01-30-15
    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Sure does make you appreciate the creature confort"

    This book, really digs into the public psyche and scientific thinking of the late 1800's and early 1900's. All the while you experience through multiple perspectives, the horrors of the Amazon. I myself will never complain about the occasional mosquito bite again.
    It is fascinating on every level of which there are many. If one has any complaints about this book, one must take it up with history, which of course seldom ties up events in an easy to unwrap present. Recommended

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    marcus 04-11-13
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    "Factional. The last English adventurer."

    Well researched true story of the last British adventurer/treasure seeker. Fausett was quite willing to sacrifice his life and that of his expedition to find truth and to map the last unexplored last blank space on the map.

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    Wayne IRvine, CA, United States 11-08-10
    Wayne IRvine, CA, United States 11-08-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Piece of the Amazon Adventurers Puzzle"

    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."

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    Mari Baltimore, MD, USA 04-06-09
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    "very good story, highly recommend it.."

    I really enjoyed learning so much about south america and exploration throughout the last decade. the timeline was a bit hard to stay with as the author bounced between present and pasts a lot.

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    Edward A. Kokkila 03-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Well Done!"

    I couldn't offer a better review than that given by Jennifer, except that I rate this book a five because it succeeded in completely captivating my attention for several days - without any distractions that detract from the story. The narration was excellent.

    This book brought back memories of trudging through the forests of Upper Michigan with my Dad and friends during the 1960's, in search of the mythical (to us) Cliff Lake which was reputed to offer some of the best fishing anywhere. It took us many summers but we eventually found it.

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    Alexa Campbellville, Ontario, Canada 07-22-09
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    "The Lost City of Z"

    This ausio mp3 is amazing. It is riveting and kept me at the edge of my seat. For anyone who is into the history of Amazonian exploration, this is a good book. Narraiton is excellent!

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    EMFORD 10-18-17
    EMFORD 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a very dull listen"

    although the subject is intriguing I found the storytelling and the narrator to be very dull.

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