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Primordia

In Search of the Lost World
Narrated by: Sean Mangan
Series: Primordia, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

A journey into the deepest, darkest jungles of the Venezuelan Amazon...and a primeval place and time that mankind was never meant to exist in.

Ben Cartwright, former soldier, home to mourn the loss of his father, stumbles upon cryptic letters from the past between author Arthur Conan Doyle and his great-great-grandfather who vanished while exploring the Amazon jungle in 1908. 

Amazingly, these letters lead Ben to believe that his ancestor’s expedition was the basis for Doyle’s fantastical tale of a lost world inhabited by long-extinct creatures. As Ben digs some more, he finds clues to the whereabouts of a lost notebook that might contain a map to a place that is home to creatures that would rewrite everything known about history, biology and evolution. But other parties now know about the notebook and will do anything to obtain it. For Ben and his friends, it becomes a race against time and against ruthless rivals. 

In the remotest corners of the Venezuela, along winding river trails known only to lost tribes, and through near impenetrable jungle, Ben and his novice team find a forbidden place more terrifying and dangerous than anything they could ever have imagined.

©2017 Greig Beck (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Subprime Ordinary

What a great idea? Arthur Conan-Doyle's famous Lost World being based on real events and be there for one of his descendants to re-discover. I really liked the sound of that, old clues, jungle adventures, deadly dinosaurs, what could possibly go wrong with all that?

Unfortunately while the idea was good the execution felt pretty average to me. I feel sure that Beck's writing has been much better in the past. The characters felt very two-dimensional and the make up of the team of friends very convenient. The action part of the plot when it did finally arrive just felt like a queue of things that the author had researched being inflicted one after the other on the characters. . The dialogue was lacking with a flippant, youthful approach which remained untroubled by death and disaster.

In addition, Sean Mangan, while he has a lovely rumble of a speaking voice doesn't have much in the way of character voice or dramatic effect to his performance. All put together it leads to a vague sense of the artificial permeating everything giving little that could immerse the listener in the grand adventure that the book promised.

It's not the worst audiobook you can buy by any stretch but to me this feels like the author invented an excellent opportunity for himself but didn't quite manage to make the best of it, particularly with this audio production.

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An old rehashed story

Certainly not up to previous GB novels. Lost interest in the plot about 1/3 of the way through but I stayed with it until the end where there was the only real surprise.
Others have rated this highly so possibly just not for me.

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suspense at its best

I grew up reading the lost world world and was captivated as a child. You took a great book and brought it to another level thank you.

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Excellent story well read

Gripping story, well read and kept me entertained to the very end. Now I've got to wait for part 2.

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A brilliant science fiction story.

With great characters, this audiobook is a fitting contender against Michael Critchon's Jurassic Park. When Ben discovers a letter in his parent's attic, its contents send him and his friends on an incredible adventure deep into the Venezuelan Amazon jungle, and what they discover there will amaze, horrify and ultimately be the death of some of them.

A truly unforgettable adventure!

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Great 'Boys own adventure'

This is a great adventure book. I enjoyed the story, although it was quite predictable. That said, I find that sometimes it is nice to get a good old adventure book where you can just relax and listen. My only little moan is the narration is just a little bland.

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Excellent

Great story and well read. Looking forward to the next two books in the series.

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love this series

if your a fan of adventure, you 'll love these 3 audible books. Need more

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Fantasy Fact

Had read the novels earlier and wanted to hear it on audible, was not disappointed, excellent series, pure escapism

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on edge

this story kept me on the edge of my seat, I am glad I did not live in that age

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  • BEANX4
  • 24-07-18

Greig Beck Nails It!!!

Great characters, compelling storytelling, nail-biting adventure... I couldn’t wait until the end to start my review. When it comes to nature-based fury and terror, Greig Beck is the Master. Cannot wait for more!

Back to listening now.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 14-07-18

Return to the Lost World

I waited anxiously for this audio book. I even purchased and listened to the original Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. I had read it a couple times in the past. So, I am a fan.

This book met my expectations on a lot of levels. It also comes just a little short on some others.

Pros:
premise that Doyle's book was inspired by a true story.
characters were fleshed out and relatable
creatures were excellently portrayed
An interesting take on why no one else has found the Lost World

Cons:
predicable for the most part. you can easily predict who will live and who won't.
The logic behind why this one plateau is effected the way it is is never really explained.


Overall, I still enjoyed the book and will probably buy the sequel.

If you like the original story, or just fantastic adventures, then you will enjoy this.
I did.

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  • adele1970
  • 07-11-18

Reminiscent of made for TV Sci-Fi action movie

This book passed the time and offered a blend of action and Sci-Fi, however, the characters and plot were a little shallow and I had trouble getting really hooked.

The premise of the book is what if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World was based on fact and not fiction? A descendant of a long-dead explorer, who purportedly was the source for the original story, discovers clues to the real truth, and along with several of his friends sets off to find out. Adventure ensues.

The characters are fairly predictable and are lightly drawn. So as they run into trouble, I was only mildly interested in their plight. I was somewhat surprised as they moved on each time, as if they did not retain trauma from what had happened.

In addition the narrator drags out things with a slow, ponderous delivery. It helped to play the audiobook at 1.25x speed to get more normal speech flow.

It’s an ok not a good listen. It passes the time and that’s it. If you are a fan of 70 and 80’s made for TV sci-fi action this will be in your sweet spot.

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  • Carl Weatherford
  • 14-07-19

Narrator can't take it

Slurred speech, can't take it. Have to abandon series same narrator does each book. Could be it was a one-time bad read but I gave it several chapters, never got better.

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  • Josh Brooks
  • 10-08-18

Great story, terrible narrator

Terrible narrator, he makes it almost impossible to listen to... but I really enjoy Beck’s books, so had to struggle through

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  • Curious
  • 29-07-19

Held promise, but many issues

I’m a huge James Rollins fan, so the fact this author wove some science and mythology in was right up my alley. This story is much more fantasy/sci-fi than Rollins’ work, which would have been fine if there weren’t so many issues to overlook. There were repeated grammar offenses and awkward wording throughout the book. Also, I kept wanting to strangle the main character for agreeing to take his friends on this adventure. You know from the start they won’t all make it. There were also a couple incidents early on that I felt made the main female character seem a little desperate. Finally, I don’t think this was the best narrator for this story. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, but his inflections made the writing seem even more stilted. Still, the premise was interesting enough that I’m almost tempted to buy the next book to see how things turn out. Almost.

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  • Chris
  • 12-05-19

What An Adventure

Wow, what an adventure into the unknown Lost World . I just love Greig's books, you are always in for the adventure of a lifetime full of fantastic creatures, its whether you come back or not. This one has everything but there is a little cliff hanger at the end so on with the next adventure in the ancient lands time forgot. Applause for Sean Mangan his narration is just fantastic he will transport you into this time zone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-20

Great story. Narrator could use some work

Love the story. Already downloaded book 2.

But cripes, really Sean?! Some of his pronunciations are so bad I actually cringe. Does NO ONE at Bolinda or during production bother to check the narrators pronunciations?!

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  • listener (and author)
  • 26-01-20

wrong narrator

This is the wrong narrator for this story. His voice is not appropriate for young characters. While I wanted to get lost in the listen, his voice kept that from happening.
Story is creative. I read the other 2 books in the series and enjoyed the fiction immensely.
Seriously, don't listen to this story - read it

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  • J. E. Gregory
  • 30-12-19

Unique Setting, Usual Sci-Fi

I liked the book. It’s well written, good for a quick adventure. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but there was a moment in the story that didn’t really have any bearing on the story itself, or it was ignored/unrealistically and easily forgotten by the other parties. I didn’t like the antagonists. There reason for being involved in the story wasn’t very believable to me, or at least for me it didn’t seem like it carried actual weight behind it. More like the bad guy facilitating a hobby or habit instead of being the antagonist. Even so, I enjoyed it. It’s a unique idea, a spin on dinosaur fiction I haven’t seen yet, but was otherwise a pretty run of the mill storyline. Most of the points I give it is for the unique idea and setting, and the skill of the writer in writing it.