Into the Jungle

Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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In this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill-ride” (Megan Miranda, New York Times best-selling author) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the jungle of Bolivia, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.

Nineteen-year-old Lily Bushwold thought she’d found the antidote to endless foster care and group homes: a teaching job in Cochabamba, Bolivia. As soon as she could steal enough cash for the plane, she was on it. 

When the gig falls through and Lily stays in Bolivia, she finds bonding with other broke, rudderless girls at the local youth hostel isn’t the life she wants, either. Hustling and world-weary already, crazy love finds her in the form she least expects: Omar, a savvy, handsome local man who’d abandoned his life as a hunter in Ayachero - a remote jungle village - to try his hand at city life. 

When Omar learns that a jaguar has killed his four-year-old nephew in Ayachero, he gives Lily a choice: Stay alone in the unforgiving city or travel to the last in a string of ever-more-isolated river towns in the jungles of Bolivia. Thirty-foot anaconda? Puppy-sized spiders? Vengeful shamans with unspeakable powers? Love-struck Lily is oblivious. She follows Omar to this ruthless new world of lawless poachers, bullheaded missionaries, and desperate indigenous tribes driven to the brink of extinction. To survive, Lily must navigate the jungle - its wonders as well as its terrors - using only her wits and resilience. 

Primal, gripping, and terrifying, Into the Jungle features Erica Ferencik’s signature “visceral, white-knuckle” (Entertainment Weekly) prose that will sink its fangs into you and not let go.

©2019 Erica Ferencik (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Gorgeous story, thrilling adventure

I have listened to this book several times already because I keep wanting to go back with Lily to Bolivia and to the jungle. The characters are fully developed and the main characters are wonderful. I am so glad I got to know them. They are brilliant people who will never set foot on Wall Street. The plot grows out of the characters and also out of the jungle itself. I could feel the heat and the hunger and the full bellies after a hunting trip. I could see the trees and the frogs and the ants and the pigs.

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A wonderful journey into the jungle

Everything about this book was fascinating—the characters, Bolivian culture (city and jungle life), action/suspense, and the wildlife. Such a great read!

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Erica's work is amazing.

This was Erica's best work so far. Can't wait for what's next. Excellent!! Excellent, Excellent.

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The jungle

Liked how the jungle came to life, great descriptions of the fauna and animal life for a novel. Lilly matured some throughout and the theme of the disintegration of the land and its' indigenous people was well addressed

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Wild and Dangerous

Several pages into this novel I had decided that the teenage banter wasn't for me, but I really wanted to know what would happen in the jungle, so I kept listening and the story did developed into one that I wanted to keep listening to, waiting to find out what would happen to Lily and Omar in that South American jungle. Just when I thought there was going to be a predictable ending many things changed and I hurried through the last several chapters as quickly as events were evolving in the story.

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Lost me when reader did her "Omar" accent

I don't get why the writer or distributor doesn't get a reader who can "do justice" to an accent if it's going to be a significant part of the story. WTF? Here is a novel set in South American and the lead characters hubbie is "Omar of the jungle'...the reader chooses to give her best "Omar" accent...it really really does NOT work!! I stopped immediately...and am returning the book...Is it a good story? Who cares? The author and the distributor/producer didn't care about the listener enough to get a reader who can competently do a Spanish accent...the EASIEST second language to find a reader for in the Hemisphere!!! Give the listener a break please!! NOTE: Another option in the Audible version is to NOT do the accent...He speaks English? Ditch the goofy accents if nobody can be found to handle it.

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