The Lost City of Z (audiobook)

A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

Read by Mark Deakins
10.1 hrs • 8 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/07/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/07/17 9780525494119
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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.

Look for David Grann’s new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, available now.

Review Quotes

“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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

Kirkus Reviews