As a mother of very young children, I'm always on the hunt for books that interest me, yet are kid friendly. (no cussing, vulgarity, etc) With the Harry Potter series over, I was desperate to find something else. The Septimus Heap books are fun. I really enjoyed the entire series and enjoyed this narrator- and I'm extremely picky.
I love listening to books when I can't read them. But I am rather picky about narrators. With the wrong narrator, I can't even make it through a book I highly enjoyed reading. In the car, or working around the house with my iPod docked, I listen to children's books because I have two small children and I don't want them hearing profanity or adult content. All that being said, this is the ONLY book that I have ever become completely enthralled with in the first 5 minutes of listening! The author was extremely witty and Simon Jones does an excellent job. I can't say enough about Simon Jones with this set of books!!! He easily replaced Jim Dale as my favorite narrator (which I thought could never happen). Some kids books are hard to listen to- this one is not. I can't imagine anyone, old or young, not enjoying this book and this series!
As a mother of very young children, I'm always on the hunt for books that interest me, yet are kid friendly. (no cussing, vulgarity, etc) The Artemis Fowl books are wonderful with great narration. You won't be disappointed.
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.