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The Lost World

Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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1912 marked the first Professor Challenger novel and a new series for Arthur Conan Doyle. The narrator is newspaperman Edward Malone, who chronicles an expedition up the Amazon to verify the existence of a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs. Michael Prichard handles the dialogue with a good bit of bluster, which to be sure, forms a big part of Doyle's larger-than-life characters. Looking for ways to downplay some of this stridency, as Prichard admirably does with the narration, brings some necessary subtlety to a melodrama that itself can seem like something of a fossil.

Publisher's Summary

On a zoology expedition up the Amazon, Professor Challenger has made an inexplicable discovery. Back in London, his claims are ridiculed throughout the professional community. Reluctantly, he recounts to Journalist Edward Malone, "Curupuri is the spirit of the woods, something terrible, something malevolent, something to be avoided. None can describe its shape or nature, but it is a word of terror along the Amazon. Something terrible lay that way. It was my business to find out what it was."

Professor Challenger vows to prove his tale at a zoological meeting, and a party is formed to find the truth. Edward Malone joins adventurer Lord John Roxton, and staid professor Summerlee on the mission. They journey to the depths of the Amazon, well provisioned and armed to the teeth. But how little they are prepared for what they find there....

Today, Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, but he was also the author of many other science fiction and mystery novels, and The Lost World was one of his best. This original tale of the "living dinosaurs" was the inspiration for many of its kind, including Jurassic Park.

Public Domain (P)2003 Tantor Media, Inc.

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  • George Madden
  • 25-05-2005

It all comes together

I just finished this book and enjoyed it very very much. Often there is a section or sections of a book that slow down to a dullness that this one never did. Given the intriguing story line and the great differences between each of the main 4 characters (that the author very well defined), I often found myself in my driveway not wanting to turn off the car (I listen on commutes between home and work). In addition, it was extremely well read by the speakers. Outstanding.

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  • Cindy
  • 01-06-2006

Great Family Listening

We listened to this book on an extended car trip. Everyone in the car ages 5,8,11,13,16,18 & 44 desired to continue through each burned CD. The story was everything you would expect from A C Doyle with intensely rich vocabulary being the highlight. The narrator did a fine job bringing the book alive without being a distraction.

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  • Robert
  • 29-10-2008

Humor and adventure by a master storyteller.

Why did Sir Arthur spend so much time writing about some detective when he could do things like the Lost World, Sir Nigel and the White Company. Although this story has been made into movies (by people who, I don't believe, read the story), don't let that be your guide. Join the expedition to discover a lost world of dinosaurs with interesting fun companions all set in motion by "true love" that stays home to encourage form a safe distance.

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  • Stephen Hickman
  • 02-02-2016

Classic storytelling, with the best narration---

Of the three different full-length recordings I've listened to of this great story, Michael Pritchard's is by far the best: the other two versions were marred by the characterizations and over-emotive narrative voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2016

An Adventure

Writings of the late Victoria are always a favorite of mine as such this story does not disappoint in the least. Adventure, exploration, and fun to any imagination of the sort to enjoy such things.

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  • Jodi Gordon
  • 19-05-2015

A true classic of high adventure.

The language is beautiful. The descriptions fantastic. Sir Conan Doyle builds a facinating and alluring narrative. You will await each moment of this wonderful performance with hungry anticipation. The. reader is amazing and his performance should be an exemplar for all audiobook productions.