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"A man of many voices"
If I were to choose the best reader I've listened to, as a seasoned audiobook fan, it would have to be Anthony Heald, And it would be his performance reading The Lost World that convinced me of this. And yes, I said performance, because that is indeed what it is. The obvious commitment and energy that he put into this project is commendable. His voices are superb, so much so that I felt I was right there with them on that island. I am also an avid Crichton reader, and enjoyed reading The Lost World, but it wasn't until listening to Heald that it became a favorite. All in all, this is the tape that made me fall in love with audiobooks, and I would suggest it to anyone and everyone interested in hearing great audiobook talent.
If you saw the movie and thought it sucked, then you might like this book. It's totally different and and Malcolm doesn't even have an annoying kid in it "that kills Raptors with gymnastics"...like the movie!
Not really, but the book is better than the movie and smarter.
Yes, but his Levine voice is kind of fruity and annoying.
Neither, but it made me wish the Spielberg version followed the book more closely. The film just has many people with guns getting ripped to pieces and not one gun killing a dinosaur. This book has better pacing and is smarter, even if it's still not as good as the first.
"Worst narrator ever!"
I've read The Lost World many times. It is another well written & fascinating story by Michael Crichton. Recently I've been driving more & more for my job. To pass the time I downloaded several audiobooks by some of my favorite authors. The performance of the narrator for this book was absolutely infuriating. I could barely tolerate his voice, acting, impressions, & other noises he made. I will not listen to any more audiobooks that he narrates. Other than that the story itself was awesome.
"Its Abridged, but The Excitement Is Not."
I would recommend the unabridged version, but this version was still a terrific listen, full of science, history, thrill, and uh...lots of hungry dinosaurs.
Angry, hungry dinosaurs will keep anyone on edge I think.
The Lost World: Abridged takes all of the excellent plot twists and science from the original piece and creates a movie length listen that makes the theatrical release pale in comparison. This is an excellent listen for those who love themes of dinosaurs, science, action, stowaway juveniles and did I say action? Sadly my favorite part of this abridged story is that there is no pathetic Gymnastics fight scene against Raptors.
"The narrator is superlative."
The only similarity between the book and the picture is that there are dinosaurs, but the book has the more interesting plot. I would definitely listen to this book again, and have, because of Anthony Heald's wonderful narration. His voice is just perfect, with enough humour and wit.
It was fun and exciting, with a lot of tense moments.
When Levine decides not to rescue the children and gets his comuppance.
"Much better than the movie"
Granite this is my first audiobook, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you liked the series on DVD you will like this story even better.
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