Meet Me in Atlantis: My Quest to Find the 2000-Year-Old Sunken City

Meet Me in Atlantis: My Quest to Find the 2000-Year-Old Sunken City

‘MEET ME IN ATLANTIS: MY QUEST TO FIND THE 2000-YEAR-OLD SUNKEN CITY’


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OPENING LINE:

If you have a theory about the location of the sunken city of Atlantis and it somehow didn’t make it into this book, you should probably be offended.


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

The New York Times best-selling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu sets out to uncover the truth behind the legendary lost city of Atlantis. A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind. Exposed to the Atlantis obsession, Adams decides to track down these people and determine why they believe it’s possible to find the world’s most famous lost city and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. He visits scientists who use cutting-edge technology to find legendary civilizations once thought to be fictional. He examines the numerical and musical codes hidden in Plato’s writings, and with the help of some charismatic sleuths traces their roots back to Pythagoras, the sixth-century BC mathematician. He learns how ancient societies transmitted accounts of cataclysmic events – and how one might dig out the “kernel of truth” in Plato’s original tale. Meet Me in Atlantis is Adams’s enthralling account of his quest to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries; a travelogue that takes listeners to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.
©2015 Mark Adams (P)2015 Recorded Books


THE PLOT:

In many ways, ‘Meet Me in Atlantis’ feels a bit repetitive. Most of the author’s journey involves him going to a new location, meeting someone that has their own theory of what Atlantis is, what it represents and where it might be found. Adams asks them some questions; they give him answers that seem to leave him more confused than when the conversation started; sometimes they have ideas on how to go about finding Atlantis, and along the way Adams drinks a lot of coffee. However, even though a lot of the chapters contain a lot of the same basic elements and structure, ‘Meet Me in Atlantis’ manages to remain interesting.
Adams manages to accomplish this by giving the reader a crash course in Greek philosophy, 19th century Minnesota politicians, the anatomy of a good myth, Catastrophism and his own reactions to the things he sees and hears as he embarks on his quest to find Atlantis. But Adams is also aided by the fact that he meets some truly interesting people. It seems that everyone that Adams talks to became interested in Atlantis for a different reason or in a different way. Perhaps my favorite was the individual who was inspired to find Atlantis by a Scrooge McDuck cartoon.
Adams is able to take the reader on a search for Atlantis that starts with the Greek philosopher Plato and goes all over the world. If you want to look for a city that sunk to the bottom of the sea, why wouldn’t you look in the African desert? The story of Atlantis is an ancient one, but the methods that are being used to track it down are becoming even more high tech by the day, and that makes for an interesting contrast as well.
My introductory line is actually an acknowledgement of Adams’ willigness to go anywhere and talk to anyone with a theory as to what Atlantis is actually all about.


THE AUTHOR:

Mark Adams is a journalist who has had his work featured in many well-known publications. He has written several books, including ‘Turn Right at Machu Picchu’ which was a New York Times bestseller.
Adams should be praised for taking something that is kind of repetitive and finding a way to keep it interesting. Ordinarily, I would prefer that an author let the reader reach their own conclusion about what they have just read, but I’m actually glad that Adams weighs in with his reaction and opinions in the book’s final chapter. In a profound way, ‘Meet Me in Atlantis’ is a personal story, and so it’s nice to know what Adams himself took away from this journey.
I will probably read ‘Turn Right at Machu Picchu’ at some point because I found Adams to be a good storyteller at the very least. His reactions to what he hears from his interview subjects in a given chapter are often the most interesting and humorous part of the book.


THE NARRATION:

Andrew Garman does a serviceable job with the narration. He displays a nice variety of accents, a good thing since Adams traveled all over the world and met with a wide assortment of people from different walks of life. I can’t say that there is any specific moment from the narration that I am going to remember as being great, but I also can’t think of anything that was bad either.


THE PRODUCTION:

The track sounds clean with no glitches. It contains no music or sound effects, and the chapter stops match up with the actual book chapters. It is basically everything you could want in a track in terms of sound quality and structure.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have to give the author credit for being willing to go almost anywhere and investigate almost any theory for the sake of his work. Adams manages to let each person’s theories speak for themselves while still being able to convey his own reaction to them in a way that isn’t entirely dismissive. In the end, I know more about Atlantis than I did before reading the book. I know more about the history of the story, the different ways of interpreting the story, the people who have become obsessed with Atlantis, and how they have tried to go about finding it.
The only thing I am not certain of after reading this book is if Atlantis really existed and where it might be if it did. In that sense I think I feel a lot like Adams did after taking his journey across the world. The only difference is that I didn’t rack up any frequent flier miles or drink any coffee along the way.
The book contains some valuable historical information, some humorous moments, a few off the wall theories and tackles a subject matter that is actually more complex than I thought going in. There is a lot of depth to ‘Meet Me in Atlantis’, it may require more than one reading to really appreciate all that the book has to offer.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Score
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Quest to Find the 2000-Year-Old Sunken City Mark Adams Andrew Garman Recorded Books History 03/10/2015 10 hours, 5 minutes 7.5/10

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘MEET ME IN ATLANTIS: MY QUEST TO FIND THE 2000-YEAR-OLD SUNKEN CITY’ was purchased from Audible for review.

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