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The Lost World

Written by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrated by: Glen McCready
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

The creator of Sherlock Holmes delivers a classic adventure fantasy in this tale of a trip by journalists, scientists, and adventurers to investigate rumors of dinosaurs on a mysterious plateau deep in a mythical South American jungle. Much fun and over-the-top adventure ensue. The author is ably supported by Glenn McCready, who delivers a narration very much in the nineteenth-century style. He plays up the characters' big personalities and celebrates the rather orotund style of the writing, which isn't as tight as in the Holmes series. Not for modern-fiction-only readers, this collection will appeal most to lovers of nineteenth-century literature.

Publisher's Summary

Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.

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Public Domain (P)2008 Naxos Rights International

What the critics say

"Glen McCready's performance captures the time and tone of Doyle's material perfectly without straying into melodrama." ( Publishers Weekly)

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great

I really enjoyed this book. The adventure was interesting and believable. The narrator was good.

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Better than expected

This was a pretty good old book from 1912, reminiscent of The Lost City of Z. It had its funny moments and characters (perhaps unintentionally so) and scary ones too. The characters were representative of the time. I can't say it was "action-packed" because the language of the time doesn't always allow it, but it sure wasn't boring. I like how the story came full circle. Very satisfying ending. The narration was very good.

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  • Simon Fraser
  • 2009-07-26

Wit and Drama

I love this book, it's hugely entertaining with superbly drawn characters and a rip roaring plot. The reader of this edition, Glen McCready, voices the tale into colourful, energetic, life and really brings out the humour in the writing. I expect I'll listen to this one a few times.

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  • Steve
  • 2010-05-28

Excellent

One of the great old adventure stories that still holds up today. Glen McCready's narration is perfect. Highly recommended!

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  • Christopher
  • 2013-07-15

Great performance of an excellent story!

McCready's performance alone would make this enjoyable even if the book wasn't so well written. The last five hours are especially exciting, fast paced, and filled with adventure. Doyle includes a lot of humor in the book which McCready expertly delivers. I immediately started looking for other books narrated by McCready.

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  • Troy
  • 2012-10-16

The Original Jurassic Park? Yes and No.

It's amazing how you can be aware of a book all your life, think you know what it is, and then be completely stunned because it's not what you expected at all. If you've seen TV or film versions, you've not experienced the real story. Having said that, the story is a much quicker adventure than I expected, and it almost demands a sequel just to explore what isn't touched upon. Prof. Challenger, especially, is one of those memorable characters of literature who just stays with you because you love to hate him - even though he's not a villain - because it's hard not to share his enthusiasm for the adventure. Every film version I've ever seen paints him the straight-laced gentleman, and it just couldn't be further from Conan Doyle's original. As a surprise, it's quite a bit different from the writing style of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. All in all, it's very much a straightforward, old world adventure, and well worth the short time it takes to go through it.

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  • Groucho
  • 2015-05-02

Fantastic!

What a creation! The superb narration, assigning wildly entertaining voices to such unique characters, brought to life a tale so fantastic that I half believed the account was genuine!

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  • Jefferson
  • 2010-09-27

Sherlock Holmes Observes Pterodactyls???

Ah, the world is a wonderful place when you can enter a vast, isolated, inviolate plateau rising high from the Amazonian jungle wilds and then examine its unknown flora and fauna, discovering "extinct" dinosaurs from the Jurassic. Of course, some of those creatures are nightmarish predators, giant, strong, and fast, and there are other unpleasant surprises (ranging from huge ticks to brutal ape-men).

It all seems far removed from the world of Sherlock Holmes, and yet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle???s Professor Challenger (in his prodigious intelligence, great physical strength, cold scientific vision, and formidable pride) is nearly a wonderfully savory and funny caricature of the famous detective.

The Lost World is a humorous, exciting, vivid, and well-written early example of the "lost world" sub-genre of science fiction, featuring intrepid (white) explorers whose adventures in inaccessible exotic locales become catalysts for violent and dramatic change.

And the reader Glen McCready is excellent! His savory reading caught me from the opening scene, in which the lovesick newspaper reporter Malone woos his spoiled beloved Gladys but is rejected because she wants him to be a hero. And McCready's pedantic and pompous booming Professor Challenger voice is a delight for the ears. His good-natured narrator Malone, dry Professor Summerly, and steely Gentleman-Sportsman-Adventurer Sir John Roxton are fine, too. And he reads every word and phrase and sentence and pause with just the right amount of wit, meaning, pleasure, pitch, and pacing.

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  • bebe
  • 2016-08-15

Great Book

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Great story. I love the formal language of the British, and the British phrases. This book reminds me of Edgar Rice Burrows (Tarzan) books, which I dearly loved as a teenager. The four main characters, Malone, Lord John and the two professors are engaging heroes - stiff upper lip and mostly fearless. Truly enjoyable listen. I cannot think of a better reader than the one chosen for this book. He is fantastic. I highly recommend!!

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  • Michael
  • 2015-03-26

Classic Excellence!

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Stop reading this right now & go download it. 5 stars straight across! There is a reason This book is considered a classic and I for one am thrilled it wasn't ruined by horrible direction or narration. I highly recommend this book.

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  • amy
  • 2017-01-06

Fantastic story told by a brilliant narrator

A great, classic rolling kind of story with great characterization and a good pace. The narrator was amazing.

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  • Mel
  • 2018-02-13

How you like me now, Gladys?


*I have a presentiment that you are going to propose, Ned. I do wish you wouldn't; for things are so much nicer as they are.*[Gladys]

Poor (Edward Malone) Neddy, a lowly reporter for the Daily Gazette finds out the night he plans to propose to the love of his life that he doesn't cut the mustard. Her dreams: *what I should like to be,--envied for my man....If I marry, I do want to marry a famous man! He must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences. It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories he had won; for they would be reflected upon me.*

Thus begins Ned's search in earnest for an adventure that will make him worthy of Gladys's love. He meets Professor George Edward Challenger, who claims to have been part of an earlier expedition that found a world that has been lost to civilization, a world where dinosaurs still exist. After a heated town meeting with other scientists and explorers where Challenger is laughed at and called a charlatan, he decides to return to the secret plateau in South America and bring back proof, and invites the young reporter along.

As you might have noticed from the passages I quoted above, Doyle's story feels a little dated (published 1912), but the language used reflects a time when blustering *adventurers* crowded into smoke-filled rooms to discuss various manly things, a few years after the Victorian era (and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine). Doyle's words take you back to another time and that was the charm of the book for me (since Spielberg already took our imaginings of a dinosaur and brought it to movie screens). Narrator Glen McCready does a beautiful job capturing the dialogue from a time when conversation was an art that required finesse and refinement.

I doubt there are any spoilers still undisclosed since 1912. You can't help but snicker a little when the young reporter returns a famous explorer, welcomed back with a grand procession -- a hero. Alas, Gladys who yearned for her famous man has settled down with a simple clerk. She tells Ned, *I am so sorry about it. But it couldn't have been so very deep, could it, if you could go off to the other end of the world and leave me here alone.* Doyle wraps up with a wink to readers; Ned/Edward escapes Gladys and gladly chooses to return again to the secret plateau in the Amazon.

NOTE: A big disappointment was the PDF! While it has a good piece on Doyle [*Notes by Roy McMillan*], it doesn't contain the original illustrations included in the book when *it was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine and illustrated by New-Zealand-born artist Harry Rountree during the months of April–November 1912.* The pictures add another dimension to Doyle's story and are worth searching out.

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