The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World

By Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Release Date: 1925-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,742 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

Both Pompeii and Petra were excavated in the 1800s, and as explorers were searching for (and finding) more mysterious ancient cities, authors were finding new inspiration. Among them was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, already famous for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries. In 1912, he published The Lost World, branching out into the popular genre of adventure fiction and crafting a story that will appeal to fans of Jurassic Park.

Ned Malone is a reporter who’s just been told by the love of his life that she wants a man who embraces danger. And so, he does what any man would do: He gathers a crew and sets off on an expedition with a professor who claims to have discovered living dinosaurs. What follows is a suspenseful story with hints of science fiction and Conan Doyle’s flair for mystery. After landing on a South American island untouched by time, the crew faces a betrayal that leaves them stranded amid terrifying dangers. Will they escape—and do they ever find dinosaurs? We’re not telling. You’ll just have to read the book.


  • The Lost World

    By Gman7/30/23
    I never read a story by Doyle. However, this book was very entertaining. Quite an imagination, and the conversations amoung the characters were very amusing. Similar to a Tom Sawyer adventure. I recommend it highly.
  • A Classic in Every Respect

    By Mandanite
    Being a visual individual (an artist by profession and desire), the reading of this classic reveals no special Hollywood effects, no silly dialogue, no talking animals endowed with anthropomorphic characters, but rather a delightful and exciting overview of discovery, devised in the similar and recognizable technique of the “elementary” revelations found in Conan Doyle’s famous detective adventures. I am nearly in my seventh decade and, having been a bibliophile most of my life, for some reason found myself surprised that I had yet to push aside the veil of false commercialism that film producers had used to unnecessarily “spice up” classic stories (my previous read was that of Wells’s “The Invisible Man”). While I did originally enjoy most of those films (most watched as an impressionable child), I am now drawn to discovering their even more original inspirations, and find them pure in their anachronistic (but still enjoyable) styles. I cannot recommend these classics enough. -North Dakotan Biblioneer
  • Fabulous

    By Msphyt
    What a joy to finally read this story from another favorite author of mine! As stated, ‘fabulous’!
  • Exciting adventure

    By Cubanoso
    What a joy to read this fantastic tale. Beautiful language, science, excitement—it has everything. Of course, that includes the colonialist views of the late Victorian and outright racism by today’s standards. There’s even a little sleuthing. A grand read!
  • A great adventure

    By RLOMD
    We must read it through the eyes of a different time, but the basic story is good.
  • Absolutely FAKE

    By WOLVERINE will kill u
    The author of this book is a stupid Bas-tard
  • Lost in The Lost World

    By kentstander
    A high-energy, rollicking read, perfect for enjoying in a hammock on vacation - or just escaping the doldrums of daily life. I was impressed by the pacing of this novel: there’s thrills around every corner, which is not always the case with classic fiction. It’s an imaginative tale that transports to faraway lands and times. I seldom wanted to put it down and would become completely engrossed in the story for hours on end. Loved it!
  • Classic

    By NeNe Chikin
    I had never read this before. Brilliant writing. Descriptive genius
  • Not bad

    By Deacon 71
    First time I read it. The adventure portion was excellent. The post expedition dispute in London is predictable and could have been summed up in a few short pages. But on the whole fun to read.
  • A classic is always a classic

    By fuegostomper
    You cannot find such writing in this era, for the whims of pugnacious modern readers are just too shallow to appreciate this.