For the most part I like this audio book. The story is great and the narration is great. However, some "brilliant person" decided to put music behind the first part of every chapter. I absolutely HATE this part of the thing. It's distracting and completely unnecessary. While I'm driving and listening to the book, the music adds nothing and makes it harder to concentrate on listening while paying attention to traffic.
I'd give this a better rating if not for the idiotic addition of pointless music.
This was a lovely, charming book. I was transported to another time, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
I think this would have been fine without the music. Very distracting at the beginning of EACH chapter! I wish a version without the music could be released as it is completely unnecessary and completely changed my experience of this audiobook.
Jim Dale is a great narrator
Jim Dale has scored again. His reading of this lovely adventure is spot on. I didn't find the train whistles and track noises a benefit. The imagination lets you see and smell the smoke as well. I found the comments by the publisher at the end a sad addition. You don't need to apologize for Jules Vern. Ever.
As others have noted, the reading was really quite wonderful apart from the French accent sounding more German than French, which did impact the story a little bit. Otherwise I loved the voices and the reading, and eventually became used the the unusual French accent as Passepartout's voice, and ultimately really enjoyed the whole book including the accent.
The narrator did a great job with the characters accent differences(i.e. English, French, Indian, American) the story was read in a lively interesting manner, as the author intended... Well done. I would absolutely recommend this audio version!
I enjoyed listening to this production very much. The narrator seamlessly changed accents to suit the characters and although I do not typically care for music and sound effects, they truly added to this recording by drawing you into the story.
This was great fun to listen to. The performance was excellent, and the story is a classic. Well worth listening to, even if you've read the book once or twice before.