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A journey into the deepest, darkest jungles of the Venezuelan Amazon...and a primeval place and time that mankind was never meant to exist in.

Ben Cartwright, former soldier, home to mourn the loss of his father, stumbles upon cryptic letters from the past between author Arthur Conan Doyle and his great-great-grandfather who vanished while exploring the Amazon jungle in 1908. 

Amazingly, these letters lead Ben to believe that his ancestor’s expedition was the basis for Doyle’s fantastical tale of a lost world inhabited by long-extinct creatures. As Ben digs some more, he finds clues to the whereabouts of a lost notebook that might contain a map to a place that is home to creatures that would rewrite everything known about history, biology and evolution. But other parties now know about the notebook and will do anything to obtain it. For Ben and his friends, it becomes a race against time and against ruthless rivals. 

In the remotest corners of the Venezuela, along winding river trails known only to lost tribes, and through near impenetrable jungle, Ben and his novice team find a forbidden place more terrifying and dangerous than anything they could ever have imagined.

©2017 Greig Beck (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Greig Beck Nails It!!!

Great characters, compelling storytelling, nail-biting adventure... I couldn’t wait until the end to start my review. When it comes to nature-based fury and terror, Greig Beck is the Master. Cannot wait for more!

Back to listening now.

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Return to the Lost World

I waited anxiously for this audio book. I even purchased and listened to the original Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. I had read it a couple times in the past. So, I am a fan.

This book met my expectations on a lot of levels. It also comes just a little short on some others.

Pros:
premise that Doyle's book was inspired by a true story.
characters were fleshed out and relatable
creatures were excellently portrayed
An interesting take on why no one else has found the Lost World

Cons:
predicable for the most part. you can easily predict who will live and who won't.
The logic behind why this one plateau is effected the way it is is never really explained.


Overall, I still enjoyed the book and will probably buy the sequel.

If you like the original story, or just fantastic adventures, then you will enjoy this.
I did.

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Reminiscent of made for TV Sci-Fi action movie

This book passed the time and offered a blend of action and Sci-Fi, however, the characters and plot were a little shallow and I had trouble getting really hooked.

The premise of the book is what if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World was based on fact and not fiction? A descendant of a long-dead explorer, who purportedly was the source for the original story, discovers clues to the real truth, and along with several of his friends sets off to find out. Adventure ensues.

The characters are fairly predictable and are lightly drawn. So as they run into trouble, I was only mildly interested in their plight. I was somewhat surprised as they moved on each time, as if they did not retain trauma from what had happened.

In addition the narrator drags out things with a slow, ponderous delivery. It helped to play the audiobook at 1.25x speed to get more normal speech flow.

It’s an ok not a good listen. It passes the time and that’s it. If you are a fan of 70 and 80’s made for TV sci-fi action this will be in your sweet spot.

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Great story, terrible narrator

Terrible narrator, he makes it almost impossible to listen to... but I really enjoy Beck’s books, so had to struggle through

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Narrator can't take it

Slurred speech, can't take it. Have to abandon series same narrator does each book. Could be it was a one-time bad read but I gave it several chapters, never got better.

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Fun Prehistoric Adventure

Overall I enjoyed it. The premise is a fun one. "What if "The Lost World" was based on real events?"

The set up for the main adventure in the Lost World is honestly better than what happens once they arrive there. Which is a bit disappointing. After they travel around the world getting the things they need for their prehistoric journey, the story just kind of drops... They explore, get attacked, someone dies, explore, get attacked, someone dies, and the process repeats until they decide to try and leave. There's no real goal once they are in the Lost World so there's no story to keep your interest other than who will survive at the end of the book.

Some of the characters are set up for what seem like bigger plotlines later in the book, but are just killed off and/or hardly mentioned again... Kind of making the setup earlier pointless. As an example, one character is played up to be almost a romantic foil for the lead couple... And you think that it's going to be a small side plot... But it goes nowhere. It's never mentioned again after its initially brought up.

That said, I still enjoyed it and look forward to what the sequels bring... Hopefully a meatier story though...

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Held promise, but many issues

I’m a huge James Rollins fan, so the fact this author wove some science and mythology in was right up my alley. This story is much more fantasy/sci-fi than Rollins’ work, which would have been fine if there weren’t so many issues to overlook. There were repeated grammar offenses and awkward wording throughout the book. Also, I kept wanting to strangle the main character for agreeing to take his friends on this adventure. You know from the start they won’t all make it. There were also a couple incidents early on that I felt made the main female character seem a little desperate. Finally, I don’t think this was the best narrator for this story. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, but his inflections made the writing seem even more stilted. Still, the premise was interesting enough that I’m almost tempted to buy the next book to see how things turn out. Almost.

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wrong narrator

This is the wrong narrator for this story. His voice is not appropriate for young characters. While I wanted to get lost in the listen, his voice kept that from happening.
Story is creative. I read the other 2 books in the series and enjoyed the fiction immensely.
Seriously, don't listen to this story - read it

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What An Adventure

Wow, what an adventure into the unknown Lost World . I just love Greig's books, you are always in for the adventure of a lifetime full of fantastic creatures, its whether you come back or not. This one has everything but there is a little cliff hanger at the end so on with the next adventure in the ancient lands time forgot. Applause for Sean Mangan his narration is just fantastic he will transport you into this time zone.

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Well...

I really like the author and the person that reads his work. In fact I automatically buy their work with full confidence that it will be worth the money. This book wasn't a favorite. I felt like a lot of characters were here just to be "red shirts!" (Star Trek joke) And while the story had all the things I usually like there was the feeling that this book was more about the author fufilling the obligations of a contract to the publisher than actual passion about the project. In the acting world it's referred to phoning in a performance. Would I recommend this book? Sadly I cannot.

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  • Simon
  • 07-02-18

Subprime Ordinary

What a great idea? Arthur Conan-Doyle's famous Lost World being based on real events and be there for one of his descendants to re-discover. I really liked the sound of that, old clues, jungle adventures, deadly dinosaurs, what could possibly go wrong with all that?

Unfortunately while the idea was good the execution felt pretty average to me. I feel sure that Beck's writing has been much better in the past. The characters felt very two-dimensional and the make up of the team of friends very convenient. The action part of the plot when it did finally arrive just felt like a queue of things that the author had researched being inflicted one after the other on the characters. . The dialogue was lacking with a flippant, youthful approach which remained untroubled by death and disaster.

In addition, Sean Mangan, while he has a lovely rumble of a speaking voice doesn't have much in the way of character voice or dramatic effect to his performance. All put together it leads to a vague sense of the artificial permeating everything giving little that could immerse the listener in the grand adventure that the book promised.

It's not the worst audiobook you can buy by any stretch but to me this feels like the author invented an excellent opportunity for himself but didn't quite manage to make the best of it, particularly with this audio production.

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  • JL
  • 11-13-20

Terrible, cheap rip off badly read!

Worst credit I’ve ever spent. It only avoids lawyers thanks to almost every chapter mentioning Arthur Conan Doyle’s book. A straight lift and terrible mesh between crude Clive Cussler characters and the original Lost World. I would normally love this genre but it I had to stop listening and have never finished, the narration is quite laughable and slurred.

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  • AKABattman
  • 09-21-20

Slurring narrator nearly ended it for me

There's no way to be polite about this: In the opening chapters the narrator sounded drunk! He was slurred and dismal and sounded like an old man. I nearly gave up.

Once the story got going either I got into it enough to overlook the narrator, or he got caught up in the story.

This was a fun adventure, much like the books I read as a young adult. it did occur to me that it would make an entertaining movie.

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  • terry graham
  • 04-21-19

An old rehashed story

Certainly not up to previous GB novels. Lost interest in the plot about 1/3 of the way through but I stayed with it until the end where there was the only real surprise.
Others have rated this highly so possibly just not for me.

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  • Dalton Powell
  • 07-26-18

suspense at its best

I grew up reading the lost world world and was captivated as a child. You took a great book and brought it to another level thank you.

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  • Tegan's mum
  • 07-12-18

Excellent story well read

Gripping story, well read and kept me entertained to the very end. Now I've got to wait for part 2.

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  • andytaylor
  • 06-24-21

The lost world part 2

great story, i enjoyed it. Not sure about the ending. left me wondering if i want to read book 2

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-20

Just not for me

I struggled to finish this book, I don't like to give negative feedback, because others might like it, but it just didn't draw me in. The story was average and narration was monotone.

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  • Susan Keefe
  • 05-09-20

A brilliant science fiction story.

With great characters, this audiobook is a fitting contender against Michael Critchon's Jurassic Park. When Ben discovers a letter in his parent's attic, its contents send him and his friends on an incredible adventure deep into the Venezuelan Amazon jungle, and what they discover there will amaze, horrify and ultimately be the death of some of them.

A truly unforgettable adventure!

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  • The phantom reviewer
  • 05-06-20

Great 'Boys own adventure'

This is a great adventure book. I enjoyed the story, although it was quite predictable. That said, I find that sometimes it is nice to get a good old adventure book where you can just relax and listen. My only little moan is the narration is just a little bland.

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  • Troy Allen
  • 05-28-20

Hooked - will need to read the series now!

Enjoyed the book. found it a little slow to start as it built the story line but wasn't until about 1/2 way through until it started to get exciting. Will probably find myself feel the need to read the next 2 in the series. Sean Mangan also reads for Matthew Reilly, so both authors feel like they have a similar writing style, So if you are looking for another author with similar action, try Matthew Reilly

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  • Matthew
  • 01-06-21

Predictable but still worthy.

Think Jumanji with graphic death.
A decent take on an old tale.
Let's see what the next book holds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-20

are you drunk narrator

its a shame the narrator sounds like he is drunk i was really lookinh forward to this book but i cant even gey past the 1st chapter

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  • Chrissie
  • 08-21-20

🦖🦕Awesome book🦕🦖

🦕🦖 A first for this author & it won't be my last.
For a lover of Jurrassic Park I took a chance on this book and so glad I did.
Once all characters were introduced the book flowed smoothly.
I couldn't put it down it's after 1am & I needed to finish it, so it speaks for itself as well past my bedtime.
If you love dinosaurs, excitement & BEING THERE! Read this book.
Now to download the next book in the series 🦕🦖

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-20

terrific book

I loved this book and wish there was a follow up book. it was very exciting

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  • Raphael
  • 03-31-20

Awesome both by narration and author

Awesomely written book as always by Greig Beck this was my first foray into the audiobook era and wow Sean Mangan what a narrator I truly felt like I was there.
Listened to this while on a long drive almost missed my exit several times lol.

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  • kerry radford
  • 03-27-19

Excellent read

Loved this book, as an avid Beck fan this was something different. Fast paced and exciting

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  • Melanie Macciocca
  • 02-24-19

Very exciting book

Loved it, listened all weekend, look forward to number 2 and 3. Might have to purchase it sooner

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-18

it was listed under the Alex Hunter series,

it was a good book just not what I was expecting.
it's a fast pace lost world

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  • Thomas
  • 04-28-19

A Lost World Adventure

A passable story recounting a group of adventurers setting out to rediscover a land that time forgot.