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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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.
©2008 Naxos Rights International; (P)2008 Naxos Rights International
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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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By Simon Fraser on 07-26-09

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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By Steve on 05-28-10


One of the great old adventure stories that still holds up today. Glen McCready's narration is perfect. Highly recommended!

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By Benjamin on 03-17-17

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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By Mark H on 05-02-16

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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