The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

Version: Unabridged
Author: Douglas Preston
Narrator: Bill Mumy
Genres: History, Social Science
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published In: September 2017
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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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.
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Reviews (7)

Written by Anonymous on January 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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

Written by Jeffrey O. on May 11th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!!!

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Written by Bettina E on February 27th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book and narrator especially

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Written by Anne J on January 28th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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 ,

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Written by Angelica B on October 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

Written by richard space on March 6th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Written by Marie Gieser on February 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Preston, Douglas

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1978, with a degree in English literature.

From 1978 to 1985, Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a writer, editor, and manager of publications. He served as Managing Editor for the journal Curator and was a columnist for Natural History magazine. In 1985 he published a history of the museum, DINOSAURS IN THE ATTIC, which chronicled the explorers and expeditions of the museum's early days.

In 1986 Preston moved to New Mexico and began to write full-time. Seeking an understanding of the first moment of contact between Europeans and Indians in America, he retraced on horseback Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's violent and unsuccessful search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. That thousand mile journey across the American Southwest resulted in the book, CITIES OF GOLD. Since that time Preston has undertaken many long horseback journeys retracing historic or prehistoric trails. He has also participated in expeditions in other parts of the world, including a journey deep into Khmer Rouge-held territory in the Cambodian jungle with a small army of soldiers, to be the first Westerner to visit a lost Angkor temple. He once had the thrill of being the first person in 3,000 years to enter an ancient Egyptian burial chamber in a tomb known as KV5 in the Valley of the Kings.

Preston has published five nonfiction books and thirteen novels, most of which were bestsellers and translated into many languages. With his frequent collaborator, Lincoln Child, he has authored such bestselling thrillers as THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, THE ICE LIMIT, THUNDERHEAD, RIPTIDE, BRIMSTONE and RELIC. His most recent novel, DANCE OF DEATH, which came out in June 2005, was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks. Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker magazine and he has also been published in Smithsonian magazine, Harper's, and National Geographic. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards.

Preston counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He and his wife, Christine, live in Maine with their three children.