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Editorial Reviews

Although he’s best remembered for Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legacy also includes The Lost World. This 1912 fantasy novel has inspired several movie, radio, and television adaptations.

Doyle’s novel stars Edward Malone, a journalist who embarks on a dangerous expedition to South America in search of a "lost world" where dinosaurs still roam. Once he and his fellow travelers arrive, they are attacked by pterodactyls and meet a race of ape-men who are at war with a humanoid tribe. When the bridge connecting them to civilization is destroyed, Malone must find a way home.

In a sonorous performance, Paul Hecht adopts a gruff British accent when voicing the adventurers in Doyle’s fantastical and entertaining story.

Publisher's Summary

Experience one of the most popular adventure stories of all time with Conan Doyle's favorite fictional character, Professor George Edward Challenger. Challenger leads a four-man scientific expedition to an isolated South American region where, according to legend, dinosaurs and other Jurassic Era life forms still flourish. The intrepid scientists, eager to make historic discoveries, find themselves face to face with their own ancestors, threatening their pilgrimage and their lives. Written almost a century before Jurassic Park, Doyle's classic tale builds its suspense to a stunning climax, as we learn whether Challenger and his colleagues will make it out of The Lost World alive, and be able to reveal its secrets to the rest of the world.

(P)1995 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1996 by Christopher Bing

Critic Reviews

"Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale of adventure and discovery still excites the reader today just as dinosaurs continue to grip the popular imagination." (Oxford University Press)

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  • Robert
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 10-13-03

A must for dinosaur admirers!

Conan Doyle's portrait of a mysterious plateau where dinosaurs and "cave men" co-exist in isolation from the modern world is brought to life by a talented reader. Every character is clearly differentiated by a different vocal quality or accent and the narrator's description of the dinosaurs make it easy to picture them. I had skipped over this classic novel for years and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Recommended.

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  • Steven
  • Wayzata, MN, USA
  • 03-07-03

A good listen

The reading of this book really adds alot of character to the story. this was my first audio book and it won't be my last.

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  • Vorthe
  • Audubon, NJ, United States
  • 02-26-16

Now I know why it is a classic.

This is a really entertaining book.
I really enjoyed listening to it.
I would recommend it to a friend.

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Excellent story and excellent narrator

Awesome story and very well told. The narrator does a great job with the voices and capturing the humor of the author. The sound quality is ok but not the highest. I could still hear it in the car, but on rough pavement it was more difficult to hear.

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  • Andrew
  • FAIR OAKS, CA, United States
  • 10-17-14

When's the Movie Coming Out?

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This was an interesting and enjoyable read, they need to make a movie out of it.

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  • K. Grow
  • burbank, washington United States
  • 03-31-14

well worth it

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost World to be better than the print version?

This was very good. For the great low price it was the best value so far for me. I wish I could find more books this good and this cheap!

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This book was a great surprise!!

What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

I loved this book. It's a classic for good reason. Way before Jurassic Park, there was this book. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it turned out to be a great surprise. The narration is a bit old as the sound quality isn't crystal clear, but the narrator did an outstanding job with this performance.

What other book might you compare The Lost World to and why?

You could compare this to Journey to the Center of the Earth because of the time period and the dinosaurs.

What does Paul Hecht bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Getting the voices right! He really did do a great job with this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Jurassic Story with a classic bite!!