The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

By Douglas Preston
Read by Bill Mumy

10.50 Hours 01/03/2017 unabridged
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Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the jungle with hundreds of artifacts and tantalizing stories of having seen the crumbling walls of the Lost City of the Monkey God for himself. Soon after, he committed suicide without revealing its mysterious location. Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying expensive laser technology that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy. That flight revealed for the first time an unmistakeable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing proof of not just the mythical city but an entire lost civilization. Suspenseful, surprising, and unputdownable, The Lost City of the Monkey God is narrative nonfiction at its most compelling: a story of adventure, danger, ancient curses, modern technology, a stunning medical mystery, and a riveting eye-witness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 in nonfiction

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for January 2017

Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the jungle with hundreds of artifacts and tantalizing stories of having seen the crumbling walls of the Lost City of the Monkey God for himself. Soon after, he committed suicide without revealing its mysterious location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying expensive laser technology that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy. That flight revealed for the first time an unmistakeable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing proof of not just the mythical city but an entire lost civilization.

Suspenseful, surprising, and unputdownable, The Lost City of the Monkey God is narrative nonfiction at its most compelling: a story of adventure, danger, ancient curses, modern technology, a stunning medical mystery, and a riveting eye-witness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Bill Mumy gives voice to bestselling author Douglas Preston’s true-life chronicle of his expedition into one of the most dangerous, inhospitable places on the planet. Mumy keeps the listening intense as Preston details earlier, mostly failed, ventures to find Ciudad Blanca…Mumy is animated delivering the team’s treks through soaking downpours, thigh-high mud, and encounters with deadly venom-spitting vipers and flesh-eating parasites. Exciting listening.” AudioFile
“Preston’s book offers rewards for both the mystery fan and the nonfiction aficionado…addictive-fast-paced and riveting.” James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Revelatory, chilling, creepy, and alive with deadly snakes and insects bearing incurable disease, it’s high adventure at its best, and all true.” Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author
“A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary-trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A well-documented and engaging read...The author's narrative is rife with jungle derring-do and the myriad dangers of the chase. USA Today
Deadly snakes, flesh-eating parasites, and some of the most forbidding jungle terrain on earth were not enough to deter Douglas Preston from a great story. The Boston Globe
If you're going to explore a lost city-in this case one that vultures, poisonous snakes, sand flies, and mudholes have protected for 500 years-you really only want to do it with Douglas Preston. A tale of bravado, chicanery, and impossible dreams, arresting at every turn, no less so in its unexpected, pulse-racing coda. Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Witches: Salem, 1692, and Cleopatra: A Life
Douglas Preston, at great risk to his own life, has produced a thrilling and powerful adventure story. Not only does he leave the reader fitfully turning the pages, he sheds an important light on what the Americas looked like before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and on the fragility of our own civilization. David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z
Douglas Preston is one of the most adventurous figures in American letters today. Inured to personal danger, braving venomous snakes and lethal pathogens, he somehow gets it all-the science, the history, the intrigues, the obsessive characters, the electric moment of discovery, and the haunted cries of a once-powerful civilization. Preston's marvelous story is made all the more potent by the astonishing fact that, from beginning to end, it happens to be true. Hampton Sides, bestselling author of In the Kingdom of Ice
A great true adventure, filled with danger, close calls, better-than-Hollywood characters, and a lost world that reaches through time and into everyone's future. One of the best nonfiction books I've read. Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Pirate Hunters
"The Lost City of the Monkey God is a throwback to the golden age of adventure archaeology, the thrilling true story of a group of explorers penetrating one of the toughest jungles on earth in search of a lost city...and finding it. Preston is a terrific writer of both non-fiction books and bestselling novels, and makes you feel the dark heart of this lost Honduran wilderness. John Sandford, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series of novels
Replete with informative archaeology lessons and colorful anecdotes about the challenges Elkins' crew faced during the expedition, including torrential rains and encounters with deadly snakes, Preston's uncommon travelogue is as captivating as any of his more fanciful fictional thrillers. Booklist
Let author Douglas Preston give testimony to the old adage: Truth is stranger than fiction...The Lost City of the Monkey God is more than just an adventure story. It examines such modern issues as the ethics of archeological expeditions, man's destruction of the rainforest and the incessant creep of technology and its effects on indigenous peoples. Readers will find themselves both shocked and captivated by this account of mysteries old and new. Bookpage

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Reviews

by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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Amazing Book

This book is just amazing, you know how they always say truth is stranger than fiction? Well this is a classic example of that. This book is a true story and follows the finding of the lost city of the Monkey God in Honduras which is in Central America. I loved the narration and the story is very fast paced and hang on to your hat you will lean so much that you never knew. Give it a go you'll be glad you did :)

Author

Author Bio: Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English