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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Grann Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780739376997
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller - Now a Major Motion Picture starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. 

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless people perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called "The Lost City of Z." In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett's quest for "Z" and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting, exciting, and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure.”

    John Grisham

  • “What makes Mr. Grann’s telling of the story so captivating is that he decides not simply to go off in search of yet more relics of our absent hero—but to go off himself in search of the city that Fawcett was looking for so heroically when he suddenly went AWOL.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A riveting adventure-mystery in the tradition of Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, said to be inspired by Fawcett.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Thankfully, for those of us who secretly live and breathe for the swashbuckling adventure tale, every now and then a book comes along that renews our faith in the epic quest narrative, its ability to inform and enlighten even as it feeds our most primal need for dramatic amusement. [The Lost City of Z] succeeds tremendously in these pursuits.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Suspenseful…Rollicking…Reads with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller…The Lost City of Z is at once a biography, a detective story, and a wonderfully vivid piece of travel writing that combines Bruce Chatwinesque powers of observation with a Waugh-like sense of the absurd. Mr. Grann treats us to a harrowing reconstruction of Fawcett’s forays into the Amazonian jungle, as well as an evocative rendering of the vanished age of exploration.”

    New York Times

  • “A fascinating yarn that touches on science, history, and some truly obsessive personalities.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In a hyperconnected and exhaustively charted world, here is a revelation about wildness and the mad desire to plunge into it…Unfathomably riveting…Grann wildly delivers the goods.”

    GQ

  • “Absorbing…A wonderful story of a lost age of heroic exploration.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Grann is no hard-as-nails explorer, and his self-deprecating personal narrative…serves as a comic counterpoint to the superhuman exploits of Fawcett. Grann may not be able to hack the wilderness very well, but as a storyteller he’s first-rate.”

    Outside

  • “Breathtaking…Grann brings Fawcett’s remarkable story to a beautifully written, perfectly paced fruition…Any writer who can breathe life into letters written by scientists in the early 1900s deserves more than a hat tip.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An engrossing book, whose protagonist could outmarch Lara Croft and out-think Indiana Jones…It’s almost enough to make you reach for a backpack.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Thoroughly researched, vividly told…Grann recounts Fawcett’s expeditions with all the pace of a white-knuckle adventure story…A thrill ride from start to finish.”

    Washington Post

  • “A blood-stirring reading experience.”

    Denver Post

  • “A spellbinding tale that produces fresh surprises around each turn…An amazing story.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Fast-paced adventure…Grann delights us with the lure of obsession under a canopy of trees.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Brilliant…Impressively researched and skillfully crafted…Grann makes abundantly clear in this fascinating, epic story of exploration and obsession, [that] the lethal attraction of the Amazon mystery remains strong.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A thrilling yarn…What [Grann] finds is what makes The Lost City of Z so gratifying, and in the end he, and we along with him, find ourselves stunned by what Percy Fawcett discovered.”

    Oregonian

  • “Perfect for armchair travelers and readers with fond childhood memories of books recounting tales of adventure in the dark wild…What [Grann] found should help change how we think about the Amazon…Read it, shiver with delight, and thank your lucky stars you’re never going to get as close to a candirú as Fawcett and Grann did. (Look it up on Wikipedia, if you dare.)”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “There is something about Fawcett’s spirit and self-assurance that captivates…To read The Lost City of Z is to feel grateful that Grann himself bothered to set out for the Amazon in search of the bones of an explorer whose body was long ago reclaimed by the jungle.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A blockbuster tale of adventure.”

    New York Observer

  • “Grann escapes death and tracks down Z, giving the reader the kind of Indiana Jones kicks best experienced vicariously.”

    Details

  • “A colorful tale of true adventure, marked by satisfyingly unexpected twists, turns, and plenty of dark portents.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the March 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award for 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Schneider | 2/11/2014

    " I would actually give this a 3.5 but not more than that "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/4/2014

    " Fascinating. Well researched. Im a sucker for history, mystery, and the jungle so this was perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/3/2014

    " This is not the type of book that I usually read, and I'm not sure exactly why I picked it up in the first place, but Wow! it was a page turner. I had no idea what life was like in the Amazon with all the strange, deadly critters, insects, indians that lived there. We hear so much about saving the rainforest, but I can't see any reason for anyone to go there and be subjected to all kinds of diseases and attack from all sides with insects and maggots! The ending left me a little sad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/31/2014

    " This was an intriguing book and dispelled a lot of myths about the Amazon for me. The book is part biography, part adventure story, and part historical narrative. I had no idea who Percy Fawcett was before reading this book and frankly I find that a bit sad. He obviously doesn't get enough press, as he was clearly a great explorer for his time and any other for that matter. This book is worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Munier | 1/28/2014

    " Fascinating story investigating the disappearance of "Colonel" Fawcett in the Amazon rainforest in 1925. A surprising ending and a good read for anyone interested in exploration and anthropology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackson | 1/16/2014

    " The beauty of a good non-fiction book is that it can pull you in against your own sense of rationality, painting a cast of real characters and places so vividly that, despite having a general idea of how things will end, you keep turning the page in suspense. Too often when a writer inserts himself into a non-fiction book, it is to evoke some dual story, trying to let the overarching mystery at hand draw out some interesting conclusion about his own life, distracting from both the subject and the narrative. Grann doesn't let this happen, instead, he seems to be our surrogate..embarking on his own trip because he simply couldn't resist, using his own journey as a vehicle for relaying more perspective and knowledge. A great and adventurous read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/15/2014

    " Excellent! A real live adventure story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 11/4/2013

    " We listened to this book on a trip and it was fascinating. Very informative as well as intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 10/30/2013

    " Another explorer/adventure book... this time they're looking for some unnamed, unfound, Amazonian wonder city. It comes to an interesting conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/1/2013

    " One of the best books I have read in a long time. I am not a huge fan of non fiction. I am not really interested in Victorian explorers or the Amazon really. I was riveted. Could not put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 6/29/2013

    " Loved it! Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Brewster | 4/18/2013

    " Reads more like a novel, which it might actually be. Entrancing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Munn | 1/7/2013

    " Fascinating history of an area of exploration I knew little about - the Amazon rainforest. Nicely crafted narrative too given the material or absence thereof. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzi | 12/25/2012

    " Really interesting book following the exploits of Percy Hamilton Fawcett as he explored the Amazon from the view of a biographer trying to piece together what happened to him when he disappeared during an exploration in the 1920s. Really makes you want to never enter the Amazon jungles though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 12/11/2012

    " I really liked this one-I got all nerdy and looked up information on all archaeologists mentioned in it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah Kennethogan | 11/24/2012

    " amazing. just finished this a month ago, and i couldnt put it down. The greatest thing about this books? learning these events really happened, and not much has changed since, due to the fact the amazon is so difficult to chart. highly recommend; great ending too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty desai | 8/5/2012

    " It was good account of Fawcett, who mysteriously disappeared from the amazon jungle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Chapman | 6/16/2012

    " How is it possible that the author wrote such a boring book about one of the most important explorers of the 20th century? The book is packed with uninteresting quotes and bits of research that drag the story down. Some serious editing could have improved this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 5/13/2012

    " A gripping and, frankly, sad portrait of monomania (Ahab lives!), the pursuit of knowledge and adventure, and the tragedy that can come in their wake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinnus | 4/8/2012

    " Interesting on Cd, but I'm not sure if I'd read it as a book. A little hard to keep track of the 3 stories going on simultaneously. By the time I finished, I still had a lot of questions. Very interesting subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meaghan | 3/12/2012

    " History and adventure but the ending was a bit of a letdown. Tons of great info on the Amazon and the rigors of exploring at the turn of last century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Gavrich | 2/12/2012

    " I thought the interplay of the author's obsession finding the story and Fawcett's obsession finding Z was a great addition to this book. The history and scenes painted by Grann of Fawcett in the Amazon were great and made me want to learn more about the Amazon region. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/24/2012

    " A great topic, though the author sometimes skipped back and forth between timelines in a way that was a bit confusing. Still, pretty good stuff. A fascinating topic, and a decent solution to the mystery on which the book is based. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Springer | 10/4/2011

    " Definitely a page turner for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/29/2011

    " Some interesting stuff here, but way too much personal filler that was awful. Those most interesting info is in the last chapter, and I would probably just have preferred to read the book he references there instead of this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/27/2011

    " Really interesting, well-written and researched. Enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacie | 6/24/2011

    " Really great adventure story. I can't imagine having been there.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/13/2011

    " Fine book about a part of history that was new to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 6/12/2011

    " I enjoyed learning about Percy Fawcett and his quest to find an ancient civilization. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blake | 6/11/2011

    " a tale of obsession, yes. not a very compelling one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 6/11/2011

    " Fascinating history of an area of exploration I knew little about - the Amazon rainforest. Nicely crafted narrative too given the material or absence thereof. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 6/10/2011

    " Fantastic true-life thriller. Grann is a great talent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/5/2011

    " Just finished The Lost City of Z. What a terrific read--well written, suspenseful, interesting and engaging. I had trouble putting it down. Grann is a tremendous journalist and creative non-fiction writer. Can't recommend this book enough. "

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About the Author
Author David Grann

David Grann has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2003. He has written about everything from New York City’s antiquated water tunnels to the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, from the hunt for the giant squid to the mysterious death of the world’s greatest Sherlock Holmes expert. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New Republic.

About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.