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The Lost World

Narrated by: Glen McCready
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

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

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A Classic adventure of discovery and exploration.

Where does The Lost World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While not as 'real' and well loved as ACD Sherlock Homes stories, this is certainly a book I will listen to again, in the same vein as King Solomons Mines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Narrator/ correspondent Edward Malone, through whose observations, thoughts and insights we experience the whole adventure, not a typical hero, but a passenger carried along in the misguided interest and of love and devotion.

Any additional comments?

To enjoy this book you have to remember and understand the age in which it was written. This version is not edited so if you cannot abide narrative which by todays standards might at times be considered politically incorrect, then don't bother with it , but it would be your loss.

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  • Simon Fraser
  • 26-07-2009

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
  • 28-05-2010

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
  • 15-07-2013

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
  • 16-10-2012

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
  • 02-05-2015

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
  • 27-09-2010

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
  • 15-08-2016

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
  • 26-03-2015

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
  • 06-01-2017

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
  • 13-02-2018

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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  • Bren
  • 06-06-2018

True boys own classic

Still one of the greatest adventure stories ever told and the forerunner for Jurassic park. Delivered with excellent narration, passion and characterisation.

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  • Mark H
  • 02-05-2016

A Classic Adventure story

Conan Doyle is best known for Sherlock Holmes, but his other stories, like The Lost World, are equally entertaining. This book has bold, larger than life, characters and an exciting narrative that holds your attention. There are interpersonal tensions, danger and jeopardy, all of which help to make it a page turner. However, possibly the most compelling aspect of the book is its central idea that pre-historic animals still exist on an isolated plateau in the darkest reaches of the South American jungle. So, although characters and ideas come ‘out of left field’ (like Sherlock Holmes), it was easy to suspend disbelief and become engrossed with the story. Whilst the prose of one of the main players is rather loquacious and old fashioned, it is in keeping with the character and does not slow down the pace of the novel, or seem out of place.

On the critical side, this is a book underpinned with Victorian sensibilities that are no longer ‘politically correct’ and it has a strong male perspective, with only one minor female character. My guess is that older white males will find this book an easy and enjoyable read/listen, but it may not be to the taste of a younger generation .

Finally, a special mention should go to the narrator who does an outstanding job in making the novel come alive through the consistent, and appropriate voicing of the different characters. An excellent performance by Glen McCready.

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  • BennySaysRelax
  • 17-03-2017

Great narration

I'm a stickler for the narration and this is a perfect fit between that and the story. Made me enjoy three story even more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-2020

Typical of it’s time, but that’s what makes it great.

Be Warned this wasn’t written today. Great adventure story that you find at the root of jurassic park among other modern adventure stories. Forgive the slower start as once the story is established and *spoiler* when they reach the land of the lost it really picks up the pace and it ties up in a nice bow with a calm and satisfying end. Written then, 10/10 Would not be written this way today.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2020

Great book.

Excellent book and the narration was perfect! Makes a great picture in your mind!

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  • Claire Mills
  • 18-08-2019

Great adventure story

If you like a great adventure story this is one to listen to. Very good narration and a cracking good tale. Really enjoyed it!

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  • ferti
  • 10-05-2015

a good victorian story

it was an interesting storyline and you can see why many later authors owe alot to sir arthur conan doyle.

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