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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Professor Challenger Adventures Release Date:
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Before Jurassic Park, there was The Lost World.

This classic terror-adventure novel has set the standard for today’s popular entertainment as followed by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg. Featuring the bold Professor Challenger, a character many critics consider one of the most finely drawn in science fiction, The Lost World is the account of a scientific expedition by four high-spirited Englishmen—two scientists, a big-game hunter, and a journalist—deep into the Amazon jungle. In this region, cut off from the outside world by unscalable vertical cliffs and fetid swamps, they encounter a world where dinosaurs roam free and natives fight a murderous war with their fierce neighbors, the ape-men. Trapped on the isolated plateau with only hunting rifles as protection, the four must use savvy and intellect to escape from this primeval terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original…The character of Professor George E. Challenger is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the outrageous force of his personality.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Conan Doyle’s novel introduced his other great character, Professor Challenger…This timeless adventure has inspired everything from King Kong to Jurassic Park and is still the best of the lot. Great fun.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Sir Arthur Conan Doyle] relates numerous dangers and adventures in this famous 1912 novel, possibly the first work of fiction to pit modern humans against ferocious dinosaurs.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue Bursztynski | 2/19/2014

    " Great fun. It wasn't only the adventure and the dinosaurs, it was the characters. The narrator goes on this journey in the first place because he wants to prove himself to a girlfriend who says he's not exciting or adventurous enough for her - and then, when he gets back...no, I won't put in spoilers. Go read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 2/12/2014

    " Is is unfortunate that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Michael Crichton never met. They both seemed to work so brilliantly in the weird science, yet believable stuff, genre. In the time frame when this book was written this would have been so believable. Who really knew what was in the Amazon River basin at that time. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex Withers | 2/8/2014

    " This is one of the BEST books I've ever read. A phantasmagorical journey through the wildest spheres of the imagination. It is not too difficult, especially considering that it was written 100 years ago.The thing I loved most about this book is that it is written with such whit, as to make you savour each and every page as a scholastic gem. I enjoyed this book not for what happens next, but for right where I was in the text at every moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda Marshall | 2/8/2014

    " Classic adventure book. Loved it. "

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