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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Professor Challenger Adventures Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781470803773
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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 Fran G | 2/18/2014

    " amazing!!! i love this book! its so cool, i love arthur conan doyle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Read1000books | 2/16/2014

    " Scoot over, Michael Crichton. Sir Arthur did it first and did it best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tena | 2/15/2014

    " I hadn't read any Arthur Conan Doyle books aside from Sherlock Holmes stories. I think I preferred this story to those. It was a pretty entertaining and interesting story about a plateau apart from time. I do think that if I were to compare this to Dinotopia, Dinotopia is a more plausible scenario (island surrounded by reefs so nobody can leave versus plateau in South America), but this was a nice story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Kornele | 2/10/2014

    " Kind of an old style Crichton "Lost World" but with ape men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malinda | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Klingseisen | 2/9/2014

    " Not sure what I think because I'm still reading this book. From what I've read so far, it sounds interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Williams | 2/9/2014

    " Very good book! Enjoyed the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 Amanda Marshall | 2/8/2014

    " Classic adventure book. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Maguire | 2/8/2014

    " A bit slow, but it was great to read a story set in a time when all the places on the world map have not been filled in yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen | 2/7/2014

    " An exciting tale of adventure among dinosaurs in the Amazon. I enjoyed this book despite the lack of decent female characters. I can see why so many people have tried to update it for modern times in different formats. These days a book like this would be set in space, taking the word "World" from the title literally. "

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

    " A captivating story especially if you've enjoyed all the movies loosely based on this book. "

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

    " After reading Lost City of Z, I had to read this one, since it's believed Doyle based the story and characters on Fawcett and the Amazon. Doyle does not disappoint- the story keeps rolling and the characters are so over the top. A great summer read "

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

    " Really quite interesting, especially when read today thinking about the age of scientific exploration in which time the book was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris | 2/3/2014

    " not a book u can pick up for 2 mins at a time. try again later. "

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

    " I don't think I have laughed so much in a book for a long time. I almost fell off the couch. Great adventure with great comic relief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/1/2014

    " fascinating. b j harrison's reading of this (for me, unaware) book is perfect. adventure abounds. of course i recommend this book for youngsters and the parents and grandparents who listen to audio books along with them. "

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

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wasn't a life changing piece of literature but was a fun read. Doyle can create some fun and interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 1/27/2014

    " I first read this story in high school and quite enjoyed it. It's still a good story, not as cerebral and measured as Sherlock Holmes, nor as intellectually appealing, but it opens an interesting window into the thought of the time, especially as regards preservation and interference in 'scientifically delicate' sites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohit Mohan | 1/27/2014

    " I read this book which is an expedition to a plateau in south america and also describes the adventures during the expedition, but i feel that The boy who played with dark matter is a better one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saintjean | 1/27/2014

    " I read it a long time ago, but I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/26/2014

    " sorry, i liked jurassic park better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 1/26/2014

    " I got this book through a classic literature app on my ipod a while back. I really forgot about it since reading it until recently. Now, I normally do not write reviews about past reads, but in this case, I thought that I should revisit this book. This was my first Arthur Conan Doyle read. I have to say that this ranks right up there with some of my favorite stories of all time. I think that my reason for enjoying this book so much is that it evoked a sense of wonder in me. Doyle makes it believable that one could venture into the jungle and happen upon a whole civilization that nobody ever even knew about. New discoveries are happening every day, and if I learned anything from reading The Lost World, it is that we should never stop pushing the boundries of discovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harley Jackson | 1/25/2014

    " This book started out strong but fizzled out towards the end. It was supposed to be a book staring the boisterous Professor Challenger but instead became a book staring the boring reporter Malone. Most of the book I was waiting for Challenger or even Lord John to be the vocal point but got stuck reading about Malone. The main dissapointment for me was a book with a dinosaur on it's cover has very little dinosaurs in it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 1/24/2014

    " Wonderful. Now off to find myself a T-shirt that says, "I'd follow Professor Challenger into any jungle," or maybe just,"I heart Professor Challenger." Hm... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dervishi | 1/23/2014

    " This was the book that got me into English classics. If the author hadn't written Sherlock Holmes, the characters in this novel would be just as well known. Great characters, wonderful writing style, interesting storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catchastar | 1/21/2014

    " I thought Doyle did a better job with Sherlock Holmes than he did with this. His character did not seem to be very well developed, and I didn't think he had much backbone at all--which is annoying in male main characters. The writing itself was also not as good as his other works. But, like Wells' novels, the ideas themselves were good. If the writing had been better, then this book would probably have stood out more as a true classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cns | 1/20/2014

    " I ordered the series from Amazon UK because the British editions had 3-D covers. LAME. Maybe the dinosaur jumps out a little, but not worth it. The story is a good ripping yarn with enough bits of racism and sexism to make you wince every thirty pages or so... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 1/19/2014

    " I first read this story in high school and quite enjoyed it. It's still a good story, not as cerebral and measured as Sherlock Holmes, nor as intellectually appealing, but it opens an interesting window into the thought of the time, especially as regards preservation and interference in 'scientifically delicate' sites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 1/19/2014

    " Clearly the blueprint for the tone and structure of all such thrillers since. Holds up a century later, suspenseful, humorous, endearing, and fast-paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanita | 1/18/2014

    " I just LOVE Doyle. This is not a Sherlock book and I enjoyed it just as much, if not more. His writing is so witty and they are the perfect escape books. FUN! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/17/2014

    " After reading Lost City of Z, I had to read this one, since it's believed Doyle based the story and characters on Fawcett and the Amazon. Doyle does not disappoint- the story keeps rolling and the characters are so over the top. A great summer read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Yount | 1/17/2014

    " Awesome adventure novel. I prefer it over the other cinematized Lost World. A good summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 1/16/2014

    " Read a few times as a teen and then again a few years ago. Rousing good adventure, what ho? Rich commentary on evolution and race, too. "

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

    " Fantastic. Short, action packed and succinct. Doyle's storytelling skills are marvelous "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liisa | 1/16/2014

    " Well paced, kind of interesting reading about Arthur Conan Doyle's ideas of dinosaurs before people had studied the subject much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eva | 1/14/2014

    " A fun adventure, quick paced, and humor. My hat off to you Sir Conan Doyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 1/13/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book - not at all what I expected and a fabulous read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pegggggy | 1/13/2014

    " Good one - another free kindle classic while traveling. The two professors and their intellectual one-upmanships really reminded me of some silly male behavior I've encountered. I liked the Lord John character a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/12/2014

    " We finished reading it on my birthday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doroty | 1/11/2014

    " Fantastic. Short, action packed and succinct. Doyle's storytelling skills are marvelous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Boone | 1/10/2014

    " Great read. Loved the character development as well as the storyline. The language was definitely time period but it was an easy read. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 1/7/2014

    " The is a BBC production of the book. I think that will do for me. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 1/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this book because I like Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style. However, I had thought it would be one of those hollow earth kind of books and instead it was slightly more believeable than that! Sadly, it was slightly ruined by long, descriptive passages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Morse | 12/31/2013

    " This is such a fun book...takes you on a ride.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markus | 12/30/2013

    " This is a great book that I regret I hadn't read earlier. I know that Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his Sherlock Holmes series. But I liked this far more than the detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam S | 12/28/2013

    " I liked it. It went by really fast and was easy to read and understand. Lots of details to get a good picture in the reader's head of everything. I want to see the movie, but I remember the TV show, which doesn't exactly follow the book at all. Its still a good quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista McCracken | 12/27/2013

    " Classic Doyle writing style, with the first person and letter based narration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 12/27/2013

    " Very imaginative and detailed. Definitely a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 12/22/2013

    " I just couldn't really get into this book. I'm sure it's good, but I just can't get swept up in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taruia | 12/20/2013

    " Having dealt with Tono-Bungay and The Metamorphosis stuck in a hotel room in Tahiti I decided to read The Lost World. It was interesting to a point but it was overly long and too descriptive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohit Mohan | 12/19/2013

    " I read this book which is an expedition to a plateau in south america and also describes the adventures during the expedition, but i feel that The boy who played with dark matter is a better one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karatepop | 12/18/2013

    " 3.5 or so. Enjoyable, quick, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Blott | 12/16/2013

    " I know it's controversial but I actually like Professor Challenger more than Sherlock. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelvin Clements | 12/15/2013

    " Found this an engaging book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cns | 12/14/2013

    " I ordered the series from Amazon UK because the British editions had 3-D covers. LAME. Maybe the dinosaur jumps out a little, but not worth it. The story is a good ripping yarn with enough bits of racism and sexism to make you wince every thirty pages or so... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fasahath | 12/12/2013

    " I have read the 'The Lost World' and it is one of favorite books. Planning to read the rest soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophronia Belle Lyon | 12/9/2013

    " I loved Lord Roxton, and Malone was a good narrator. I wish Zambo had gone up to the plateau world with them. I was disappointed in the relationships with Zambo and the natives on the plateau. They could have been less stereotyped and the white men less superior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fasahath | 12/8/2013

    " I have read the 'The Lost World' and it is one of favorite books. Planning to read the rest soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/7/2013

    " sorry, i liked jurassic park better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Corke | 12/6/2013

    " A Lost World is the original story that must have influenced King Kong, Jurassic Park and a whole range of other monster exploration stories. It epitomises the spirit of adventure of early explorers and provides a real inspiration to embark on the unknown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tristan | 12/6/2013

    " A good book. This was my first Doyle story and I can tell he had talent. Echoes of environmental messages as well as those of exploration and discovery still ring with a certain importance today. The pacing and characterization is well-done. Summed up: It's just a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/4/2013

    " A favorite of mine since I was a boy. Enjoyed reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/30/2013

    " Definitely a different direction from the Holmes novels but a good read all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 11/30/2013

    " I don't think I have laughed so much in a book for a long time. I almost fell off the couch. Great adventure with great comic relief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 11/26/2013

    " The fantasy was alive in my mind while reading. This book pulled me in, I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fasahath | 11/22/2013

    " I have read the 'The Lost World' and it is one of favorite books. Planning to read the rest soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babs M | 11/21/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. I like his style, time to start on the Sherlock Holmes series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah | 11/21/2013

    " terrific book, reminds me of Journey to the center of the Earth. the first Sir Arthur C Doyle book I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew R. | 11/20/2013

    " The original modern dinosaur novel still sparkles. Crichton & Gurney didn't quite live up to this harrowing tale of colonial exploitation and evolutionary hubris (though Gurney's pictures are pretty). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pranjal | 11/18/2013

    " Just love the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as he takes us to another adventure. Happy that I kick-started my reading interests with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyndra Spaulding | 11/17/2013

    " A classic adventure story that is fast-paced, fun, and witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary | 11/14/2013

    " If you like tales of exotic places where dinosaurs and cave men still exist in remote corners of the world. Then you will love this one. Really great old school sci-fi. One of my special favorites. Conan Doyle wrote a lot of great books besides Sherlock Holmes. Cary "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Collins | 10/22/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time now. I love Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style and his characters are really well rounded. I am excited to eventually read the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. I would recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Deli | 10/21/2013

    " found this at a yard sale many many years ago, really enjoyed it, and it's on cassette! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 10/14/2013

    " I've always been interested in the original Lost World idea, never got around to actually reading it until now. Quite a good, short read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramamoorthy | 9/26/2013

    " this is the best adventures book as the same genre as jules verne books, but this is different in the manner unique to conan doyle, he is person who ignited my reading habit by his charecter sherlock holmes and his detective methods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/20/2013

    " After reading Lost City of Z, I had to read this one, since it's believed Doyle based the story and characters on Fawcett and the Amazon. Doyle does not disappoint- the story keeps rolling and the characters are so over the top. A great summer read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 9/12/2013

    " I would consider reading more of the series, but I don't like Professor Challenger! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 9/10/2013

    " Good book - fast read. The book, while written a number of years ago of course, sure does stand up over time. Who can ever forget Professor Challenger? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Bowers | 9/7/2013

    " started this just before doing a jungle trek in Kerala. Perfect. I was disappointed at the lack of dinosaurs during the trek though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary | 9/5/2013

    " If you like tales of exotic places where dinosaurs and cave men still exist in remote corners of the world. Then you will love this one. Really great old school sci-fi. One of my special favorites. Conan Doyle wrote a lot of great books besides Sherlock Holmes. Cary "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 9/1/2013

    " Listened too it on tape. Pretty much run of the mill stuff here, though interesting and fun! Prof. Challenger is a seed too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 8/24/2013

    " Clearly the blueprint for the tone and structure of all such thrillers since. Holds up a century later, suspenseful, humorous, endearing, and fast-paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saintjean | 8/22/2013

    " I read it a long time ago, but I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Boone | 8/6/2013

    " Great read. Loved the character development as well as the storyline. The language was definitely time period but it was an easy read. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marko | 7/17/2013

    " Classic representative of early Adventure literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sahar | 7/11/2013

    " a very interesting and informative book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/8/2013

    " Good adventure story inspired by the real life adventures of Fawcette and the lost city of Z "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 6/19/2013

    " A book about 19th century exploratory expedition to S. America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Kahn | 5/31/2013

    " It was a ripping yarn! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 4/18/2013

    " We finished reading it on my birthday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/11/2013

    " I was a little disappointed. I thought there would be more about their adventures in the Lost World. That definitely was the most exciting and interesting part--yet the shortest part of the tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leisel | 4/6/2013

    " I couldn't believe how captivating and scary this story was. Having grown up with the scientific idea of dinosaurs and the playful children's story dinosaurs, this was like being in Jurassic park. I was scared silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollie | 4/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book although towards the end it seemed to drag quite a bit and I was glad to finish it. I'd heard of this book before but never read it so now I can say I have and it was worth the time spent doing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2013

    " Really quite interesting, especially when read today thinking about the age of scientific exploration in which time the book was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 2/4/2013

    " A fine adventure yarn [with dinosaurs and other prehistoric perils] from the good doctor who also created the most famous detective in fiction, The Lost World is now in the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesco Camagna | 1/13/2013

    " bello! Un'avventura fantastica, ci si ritrova nel bel mezzo del "Giurassico" tra uomini scimmia e dinosauri...Per chi ama l'avventura. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Stiles | 12/27/2012

    " One of the best openings to a book I've ever read... it never really met the expectation based on that first chapter, but it was a good read, just not a great one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 11/24/2012

    " What a fun read! It started out a little slow, but that may have been my own impatience for the adventure to begin. I loved each and every character on the expedition! There was action, adventure, heroism....I can't wait until my tots are old enough to read this! What a fun page-turner!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliyahu | 11/22/2012

    " My favret part of the book was wen thay wer fiting the ape-men on the plateau in sir Arthur Conan Doyle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 11/1/2012

    " Jurassic Park was a blatant, if brilliant plagiarism of this story, which is a masterpiece of humourous science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 10/26/2012

    " The is a BBC production of the book. I think that will do for me. Good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Deli | 10/15/2012

    " found this at a yard sale many many years ago, really enjoyed it, and it's on cassette! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rony | 10/14/2012

    " A classic. A must read, from which more modern novels pick up their ideas. And written in 1912. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garrison 11-12 | 10/13/2012

    " This book was about four people looking for dinosaur bones.They were in a desert in Mexico and found stegasuares bone.When they started digging they dug for three days and finnaly finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelledenisenorton | 9/7/2012

    " quick romp, very of its time, but some nice language turns "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth Shaw | 8/10/2012

    " This was a delightfully fun read. It was true to the form of a boy's adventure novel of it's era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick | 7/23/2012

    " Wonderful. The last 75 pages just rip, and are amazingly exciting. I've never read any Conan Doyle, so his command of character and scene are amazing to me. It's just great in every significant way, and worth reading by anyone who loves adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesco Camagna | 7/22/2012

    " bello! Un'avventura fantastica, ci si ritrova nel bel mezzo del "Giurassico" tra uomini scimmia e dinosauri...Per chi ama l'avventura. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Boone | 7/15/2012

    " Great read. Loved the character development as well as the storyline. The language was definitely time period but it was an easy read. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiri | 6/25/2012

    " A fun read, would love to see the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taruia | 6/25/2012

    " Having dealt with Tono-Bungay and The Metamorphosis stuck in a hotel room in Tahiti I decided to read The Lost World. It was interesting to a point but it was overly long and too descriptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Dougherty | 6/21/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time! I could read it over and over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur Gibson | 6/17/2012

    " One of the best "lost" books I have read. It is sad, poignant, and well written. Good characters with very little that seems cliche. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rebecca j | 5/3/2012

    " A favorite of mine from my youth! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 3/24/2012

    " Very good, tho' not my favorite of his writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 3/21/2012

    " A fine adventure yarn [with dinosaurs and other prehistoric perils] from the good doctor who also created the most famous detective in fiction, The Lost World is now in the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania Godoy | 2/17/2012

    " unos de los mejores libros que he podido leer!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/16/2012

    " My favorite book by Arthur Conan-Doyle, mostly because Professor Challenger is a freakin' hoot. Plus, well, you know, dinosaurs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Kornele | 2/10/2012

    " Kind of an old style Crichton "Lost World" but with ape men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Maguire | 2/10/2012

    " A bit slow, but it was great to read a story set in a time when all the places on the world map have not been filled in yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 1/1/2012

    " A book about 19th century exploratory expedition to S. America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobius | 11/27/2011

    " Very good book, I bought this and for some reason I was thinking this was the one to do with Jurasic Park, but it wasn't and that was fine, because it turned out to be quite good.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saintjean | 11/25/2011

    " I read it a long time ago, but I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/23/2011

    " Looking forward to more adventures of the pompous and impossible Professor Challenger. How is it that I haven't run across these books before? -- and yet we all know Sherlock Holmes, his antithesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/22/2011

    " I also like Tarzan novels. I am a sucker for an adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 9/20/2011

    " This famous novel has been panned but it still holds up as an adventure novel. the charcater of Professor Challenger is obnoxious, loud and funny. Read it and lose yourself for several hours as you seek dinosaurs and a lost world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/30/2011

    " A favorite of mine since I was a boy. Enjoyed reading it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elfear | 7/7/2011

    " I liked the characters. And the ending was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raj | 7/3/2011

    " I'd never read this classic until I picked up a free copy as part of the Aye Write! festival/Darwin 200 celebrations. While the scientific underpinnings of Doyle's South American plateau where dinosaurs still roam is long-gone, the adventure it hold together is still highly engaging and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tooms1121 | 6/15/2011

    " A good adventure story, much like journey to the center of the earth.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexia Freudenberger | 5/27/2011

    " One of the most lively and entertaining books I've read in a very long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fasahath | 5/24/2011

    " I have read the 'The Lost World' and it is one of favorite books. Planning to read the rest soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/26/2011

    " Mine is a leather bound issue, part of a collection Dalmatian Press released in 2004. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sahar | 4/26/2011

    " a very interesting and informative book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelvin | 4/18/2011

    " Found this an engaging book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Fisher | 4/13/2011

    " Very enjoyable adventure and quite humorous. Obviously dated in some respects, particularly it's attitudes towards colour and race, but more modern in some others. Well thought out story, for its time, despite its fantastical premise. Very readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/22/2011

    " I can't believe those people kill all the ape-people! It was like, invading! And then they brought baby pterodacyl from its place, what if the baby dies? It makes me sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 2/16/2011

    " Much better than the TV show for sure. ;) "

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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

About the Narrator

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.