I bought this one because of Jim Dale and he certainly did not let me down. I don't think he needed the background sound effects though. The plot was good though the characters were perhaps underdeveloped. What absolutely irritated me though was the publisher's apology at the end for the politically incorrect statements of the author. Seriously? This was written in 1872 and the publisher feels the need to apologize for producing something that may offend the thin-skinned listeners of today? Anyway, a classic book with a great performance.
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.
enjoyed this very much while we drove from northeastern Colorado to bend, Oregon. our three daughters enjoyed it with us. the narrator was very talented.
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.