Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 10-year-old daughter.
This was a great listen for both young and older alike. I think I liked this more than my 10-year-old daughter because I grew up in the book's time frame and lived within 10 miles of where Tammy lived. The main character was feisty with a soft side. The lesson that the book told was right on without being overbearing. A wonderful family listen.
I listened to this with my nine-year-old daughter in five short sessions as she read along with the more-than-500-page printed version. Even if you do not listen with a young child, get the printed version. The hundreds of illustrations in the book are magnificent. The recorded version is also enhanced by several mood-creating sound effects which, in my opinion, really added to the enjoyment of the story. The narrator was magnificent in his renderings of all the characters, particularly Georges. If you are hesitant about using a credit for a book that is less than three hours long, make the leap with this one. I guarantee you will choose to listen to it several times because the experience is just that good.
Listened to this one with my 4th-grade daughter and both of us found it to be enjoyable. The animal "familiars" were creative characters and the fictional premise of the story was well developed. A recommended listen.
Jules Verne has been plagued over the years by terrible translations into English; the trend has continued into the audiobook world, with most Verne audiobooks using translations that are inaccurate and awkward, and even worse, that abridge, rewrite, censor, or otherwise distort Verne's text.
This recording of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is a wonderful surprise. It uses the best possible translation among the current crop, the one by William Butcher, originally published by Oxford World's Classics. (How exciting it would be to find Butcher's three other Oxford Verne titles made available the same way!) Garard Green gives a great reading, expressing the different characters with energy and economy and suiting his voice to the circumstances. (During one of the scenes, where the subterranean explorers have run out of water, Green sounds like he's about to die of thirst himself.)
This is without question the best audiobook version of this title available.