The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

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Written By: Douglas Preston

Narrated By: Bill Mumy

Date: January 2017

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes


The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization -- culminating in a stunning medical mystery.
Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.


  • Anonymous

    This was hardly a story, more a narration of a gruesome research project of disease , pestilence and plague. Have a strong stomach if you choose this book unless maybe you are an epidemiologist. YUG

  • Jeffrey O.

    I really enjoyed this book, both the author and narrator. Beautifully written with style, flow and fascination by Douglas Preston and superbly narrated with excellent grasp and capture of the author’s intent by narrator Will Mumy. I will look for them both in future listen’s. A fascinating story about a recently found ancient city in the jungles of Honduras. It’s a great story of expedition, lost civilization, discovery, interesting people, dangers faced; snakes, Jaguars and jungle infections. The story leads into both old and modern history of Honduras it’s ancient inhabitants but also the current government and their modern and future challenges. I’m a doctor and found the details about Leishmaniasis epidemiology, diagnosis and Treatment at NIH absolutely fascinating! Loved it!!!

  • Bettina E

    Amazing book and narrator especially

  • Anne J

    Interesting story the ending devolved into a lecture about how Europeans where totally responsible for destroying North and South American culture .. Very disappointed, and an inaccurate historical representation of events ,

  • Angelica B

    Love this book, I am learning so much. I didn't know there was so much rich history in our neighbors down south

  • richard space

    I thought the book was an excellent read especially the part of going into the jungle and discovering the lost treasures. The book did go on a separate trail for me when it delved into micro-organisms and the impact these play on past and present history. I wish the author of the book would have stayed on the topic of the discovery rather than infectious illnesses. Aside from this, it was a very interesting read.

  • Marie Gieser

    The Lost City of the Monkey God was very, very interesting particularly if you are interested in archaeology and the culture of the Americas. I thought the narrator did a fine job too. I also learned a lot about pandemics and how they decimated civilizations. I am not sure everyone would like this book but I recommend it to readers drawn to this subject.

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