S-BOMB warning. That’s SPOILER-ALERT, for those less crude than I.
So I never seemed to review The Lost World when I read it the first time, and I can’t remember the why. Ah well! I recently decided to give audiobooks a try, first listening to Jurassic Park and now the sequel. It was a great start to the small collection of audiobooks I own right now, especially since I could see how they handled the graphs included in the first book.
Between the first and second of these, there seemed to be improvements. I sort of had to remember off-hand what a very important chart contained in Jurassic Park, which was a chart describing the amount of dinosaurs expected in the park versus the amount found, which was supremely important in several scenes. In The Lost World, there was little use of charts, but they definitely read out some information that if I recall correctly was listed in the same manner, and I was able to fully visualize the situation from its inclusion.
Now, onto the actual content! The Lost World is a direct sequel to Jurassic Park, with the return of Ian Malcolm and new associates to Ilsa Sorna, a.k.a. Site B, the actual labs and rearing grounds of the dinosaurs. Let me tell, what a difference a rereading makes in comprehension of a book! I had several rather concrete memories I took from my first reading of the book that turns out were simply conjecture on my part that the book in no way leads to! Just faulty understanding. I find that always rather interesting. The most important of which was the Carnotaurus, a chameleon-like carnivore with the advanced ability to blend into its environments. My take-away was that they were saying that the park had been further screwing around with genetics, creating hybrids in a greater way than simply splicing frog DNA into the code. But really, it’s no different. The actual take-away is that dinosaurs may have had these sort of abilities that we don’t account for.
There are other instances of that, but the Carnotaurus is the most… prominent? memory I have being wrong. Like the whole genetic manipulation thing stuck out so much in my mind, yet it was all in my own head! And now the new movies involve that very theme. Strange, but not unexpected (clearly, haha).
One of the best take-aways from the actual content of the book is Sarah Harding. She’s a tough, strong, sensible young woman with a lot to prove and a lot of good advice for Kelly, the young girl who ends up on this adventure with her friend Arby. Everyone contributes to the group’s survival throughout the book, but Harding’s is honestly the most noticeable me. It’s sort of like Lara Croft vibes, and I grew up loving the Tomb Raider games, so I got right behind this. The final action Kelly takes to save the group from the raptor pack is ultimately something she realizes with Harding’s advice echoing around in her skull. Most of what people tell you is wrong, to paraphrase.
It is very enjoyable. Scott Brick, the narrator for the editions I listened to, has a very strong, steady voice, and puts just enough feeling into the recordings that I can be comfortable giving this a go. There’s the constant argument about whether or not audiobooks are considering reading, but I feel they are. Fight me. Haha!
Interested in The Lost World? It can be purchased here.