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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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    S. Gilbride New York City 08-30-16
    S. Gilbride New York City 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A great tale of adventure, with a little twist at the end"

    This is an amazing story about early twentieth century Amazonian exploration, interwoven with the author's own experience writing the book. It's a truly remarkable take, both riveting and horrifying. And there's a little twist at the very end that makes it all seem like a dream come alive. Highly recommended!

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    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 08-16-16
    Ann S. Baum Baltimore, MD United States 08-16-16
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    "Ok, not great"

    The book was fine, but never really grabbed me. I think a large part of the problem was the narrator. He didn't speak in a monotone, but he never really varied the cadence of his voice to show different emotions in the story.

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    Andrew Larson 07-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "slow start but ends with a bang"

    the author takes sometime to get to where he's going what the story is great

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    Trisha G. 07-19-16
    Trisha G. 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    I chose this book as it was something different from my usual history and wartime reading. The narrator has a pleasant voice did a great job. I would recommend this book to anyone that seeks adventures in the jungles of South America

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    Ryan S Erskins Baytown, Texas United States 06-15-16
    Ryan S Erskins Baytown, Texas United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Works on you"

    Took me a few chapters to become invested in the story. After becoming aware the story was being written from a biographical point of ideas an autobiographical view.
    Almost unbelievable the hardships and the little monetary gain Percy Fawcett and those that joined him received from his explorations.

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    Judy Flynn 05-03-16
    Judy Flynn 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tried Yet Failed"

    Tried 3 times to get into this book but struggled with the narrators performance so much that I just returned the book.

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    Gigeote 04-13-16
    Gigeote 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Feel yourself going insane!"

    You can feel your own sanity slipping as you listen to these true-life horrors of the exploration and descent into the green Hell.

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    ken 12-11-15
    ken 12-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An "OK" book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, I would try to help them find something better.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much filler. It got slow at times, and didn't really get interesting until the latter part.

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    Scott Corbin, KY, United States 10-01-15
    Scott Corbin, KY, United States 10-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Adventure but little excitement."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt the book could have been shortened by 1 hour to 1.5


    Would you recommend The Lost City of Z to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it but with the caveat that it was longer than necessary to be truly exciting.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine and suited the contents of the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe as the visual and soundtrack would bring out more of the story. And one would assume it would be 2 hrs or less.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that I don't commit to longer books 11-14 hours this book just didn't sustain the excitement I was hoping as an abridged version may have

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    Stephanie Hurt 09-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just ok"

    It's an interesting anthropology, but not as exciting an adventure story as I had hoped.

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