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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Lost City of Z

My reviews this week will be REALLY short as I work furiously to get caught up on everything I’ve read and listened to recently …

written by David Grann
audiobook: 10 hours
narrated by Mark Deakins

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon [Unabridged 8-CD Set] (AUDIO CD/AUDIO BOOK)This is a fascinating look at the world's obsession with lost cities and amazing treasures in the Amazon.  Tracing the exploits of one particular explorer, the author himself treks through the jungle in search of any trace of the man who disappeared over 80 years before.

I very much enjoyed listening to this book though I've realized that I don't have the same attachment to jungle expeditions as I do to polar expeditions.  The horrible things that can happen to your body in the jungle totally creep me out, unlike the horrible things that happen to your body in extreme cold.

13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

If there's creepy stuff in this one, I'd do better reading it over listening to it.

Andi said...

Ooh, I love horrible things that can happen to a person in the jungle, so I'm hoping my library has this one.

Jenny Girl said...

I love this kind of stuff and it reminds me of Indiana Jones. Thanks for short concise review and approval Haether :)

Kailana said...

I have had this book out from the library twice and still haven't read it!

TheGloop said...

I really enjoyed this book, but BOY did it scare the heck out of me. Larvae in your eyeballs! Things eating their way out of your body! ACK!! I'm never going to the jungle EVER!!! Fascinating story of obsession and really ripping adventure story, but I could have done with a bit less of the graphic descriptions of parasites.

Amanda said...

I totally understand. I enjoy Polar explorations better as well. Although, I read a really good book called The River of Doubt which is about Teddy Roosevelt's trip down the Amazon with his son. Very fascinating.

Heather J. said...

bermudaonion - Check out the comment below from TheGloop for an idea of what's in there.

Andi - Then you will DEFINITELY enjoy this one!

Jenny Girl - It has a lot of Indy-type elements to it for sure.

Kailana - Oh no!

TheGloop - Thanks for dropping by my blog - welcome! I agree - it was a fascinating book but I never, and I mean NEVER, want to explore the jungle. EVER.

Amanda - This book mentions Roosevelt's experiences a few times.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I felt about the same way about this book. I couldn't believe some of the awful stuff that can happen to you in the Amazon. Maggots? Eew!

Heather J. said...

Kim - I KNOW, right?!

Esme said...

I loved being part of the In the Sanctuary of Outcasts-it was a little piece of history I had no idea about-this was a good book also-a true Indiana Jones story that many were willing to risk their lives for.

Alyce said...

I think I'm odd because I love reading about the horrifying true survival stories, especially when weird illnesses are involved. Just don't ask me to watch a movie about it! :)

roomfullofwords said...

This sounds fascinating and while I've always been a fan of these kind of stories, I must agree that there are a lot of things I don't really want to know firsthand about the jungle. In polar expeditions, you get frost bite, freeze to death, drown under ice caps or get eaten by a polar bear (okay, I don't know if that last bit is true). In jungle expeditions, you get... insects. Enough said. :)But the mystery of a person disappearing sounds like great material for a movie...

Heather J. said...

Esme - I'm really looking forward to that book!

Alyce - You and I generally like the weird disease books too. :)

roomfullofwords - yeah, the bugs were totally creeping me out!

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