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Publisher's Summary

The Lost World is a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Released in 1912, it tells the story of an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin where prehistoric animals still survive. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. The novel also describes a war between Native Americans and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures.

Scottish-born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) was a major innovator in the field of crime fiction. His other works include science-fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

Public Domain (P)2009 RNIB

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  • Andrea
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 03-23-10

Fun book, but characters are muddled

This is a fun book to listen to, but it was difficult at times to understand which character was supposed to be speaking. The narrator would sometimes stay in one character's voice throughout several lines of dialogue between several characters and it would take me a minute to realize that it wasn't just one character that was speaking. This made listening a little confusing. The book is fun though and it was mostly an enjoyable listen.

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  • Rick
  • Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • 06-10-17

Warm and Wild British Adventure

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a prolific writer of much more than Sherlock Holmes mysteries, was a friend of the explorer Percival Fawcett (see “The Lost City of Z”). Fawcett vanished on a South American expedition in 1925, having told Doyle of seeing “monstrous tracks of unknown origin” in Bolivia. Thus, the inspiration was probably set for a grand account of great adventure in a post-Victorian world.

It’s the first time I’ve ever heard the “p” pronounced in “pterodactyl.” But unlike Fawcett’s unspeakable miseries in multiple explorations of the Amazon Basin, this is a gentlemen’s yarn, ably narrated by John Richmond (1912-1992) in the most authentic of British intonations.

It would be the first of Doyle’s five stories featuring Professor Challenger, a pompous, abrasive, but unarguably brilliant scholar.

Fawcett had written in his memoirs that “monsters from the dawn of man’s existence might still roam these heights unchallenged, imprisoned and protected by unscalable cliffs.” Which is exactly as Professor Challenger finds them, and the many surprises that follow.

Not unlike a Sherlock Holmes enigma, there is an engaging story and character development among an ensemble cast, and the eventual moment when everything comes together and makes perfect sense, no matter how many dinosaurs and apes have been involved along the way. It is a kind of story constructed with great care and no small degree of cleverness, and makes for a highly enjoyable listen. Incidentally, the advisory about this being a “vintage recording” presents no problems at all.

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  • Andy
  • 05-02-18

A brilliant adventure but of its time be warned

It's ACD at his pompous best, letting off some steam about those sceptic scientists who refused to believe in his beloved spiritualists. In reality, it was ghosts that were poo pooed but here it's dinosaurs. The reader is wonderfully old-fashioned and a pleasure to listen to. It should be said though that this story was written during the zenith of British colonialism and the attitudes of the ruling class at that time looms over a modern reader like a (love the pronunciation) pateradactil. Here we have a bunch of posh English schoolboys running off on a caper, enslaving "red men" and "great, black brutes with the intellect and power of a horse" ( I paraphrase only slightly) and committing a kind of mini race-cleansing murderous spree against a lesser breed of human. In case anyone was confused, CD helpfully likens the behaviour of the British superior race to the enslavement of the Jews. I found myself listening with a regretful smile on the tube, allowing the author his racist undertones acknowledging that times have changed and, really, what else can we do? But then again I'm not Asian, black or Jewish so it's less likely to offend me. I'd treat it as a funny, boys-own adventure book written by an overgrown, arrogant but very talented Victorian public schoolboy and see it for that.

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  • Lazy reader
  • 05-20-18

Dated but a good yarn none the less

Never read this before so was interested when it came up on a daily deal. It is very dated, but you can imagine yourself sitting in front of an Edwardian fireplace being enthralled by this. There is a part when one of the characters says the natives know their place when it come to recognizing their 'superiors' and that a lot of people back home could learn a thing or two about that which made me cringe, but that was the attitude in those days. There were a few times when it sounded like the narrator would rather be somewhere else and there is rather a lot of sighing. Glad I bought it on the daily deal, not sure I would have used a credit on it though.

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  • T. Greb
  • 05-17-18

Loved it

Trolling, well written and told. A wonderful old fashioned story of exploration and friendship. A must read.

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  • pm
  • 05-09-18

An enjoyable listen

A good old fashioned adventure story. The narration was excellent and extremely clear. Sensitive souls be warned that there are some non-PC words but it is a reflection of the time when this was written.

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  • M. Nuttall
  • 05-07-18

a proper boys own adventure

A really enjoyable romp. full of vintage flavours.. Also very good characterisation. yes it's,a bit dated, but great fun

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  • A. Mills
  • 05-06-18

Jurassic park.

Good old fashioned boys own stuff.Imagine Jurassic park in black and white,good old fashioned fun.

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  • Xander
  • 05-05-18

Classical story telling at its finest

This book is simply a classic and one that many modern story tellers such as Michael Creiton or Neil Gaiman have taken bits and pieces of and made it their own. I found it to be a quite enjoyable adventure story where the protagonist grows from his experiences and is surrounded by great and colourful characters. Highly recommend for lovers of classical storytelling.

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  • helendymion
  • 05-02-18

a ripping yarn but

reading it again for the first time since childhood, realising it's riddled with a Darwinian Colonial paranoia that the fuzzy wuzzies and Hottentots might just be human too. Nowhere near as offensive to modern ears as John Buchan's Prester John , both books refelct a racism that was bound up with the deeply held belief in the white man's place at the top of the evolutionary tree. To Doyle's credit he ridicules Challengers sense of entitled superiority. But there is no questioning of white right.