This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
Sure! It's a classic and with Tim Curry's incredible voice, it's a winner. Mind you the story is slow to start and as we have so much technology and many more books to read it's not hard to figure out some of the twists and turns and hidden treasures that so excited people who read the book in its day. I picture young boys at the time thoroughly pouring over this as an adventure story to transport them into another world and not so science-y that it's difficult to understand. I thought of this book for a long trip and it was our first audiobook on said trip. While some of the beginning descriptions were long, some of them reminded me of the landscape we were traveling--southern Minnesota- along the Iowa border. Although some of the narration got long, we stuck with it...I wanted to know how it all ended!
Typical old school classic, but falls faintly into many sciences, and not way out typical of nowadays distopyia or outerspace science fiction. A good adventure story from way back when.
I didn't give this rave reviews because for me it didn't always hold my interest, but it brought back memories for my husband who read it in book form. He almost gave up on it but it carried through in the end and he thoroughly enjoyed it again.
I first read this book when I was a very young girl, and it is amazing how much of it I recalled upon re-reading it 40 years later. Certainly, the details have faded from my memory, but as I listened to the audiobook (given a glorious reading by Tim Curry) I felt myself transported to my early childhood. I felt again the fascination for geology, paleontology and archeology this book and other similar ones engendered in me. For the book is a veritable encyclopedia of vocabulary and theories from these disciplines. No matter that many of the concepts are outdated, any young person with an interest in the sciences would find the tale of the “savant” Professor Lidenbrock, his fearful nephew Axel and their intrepid guide Hans fascinating. I recall looking up many of the words in a dictionary as I read, and am certain that this book played a key role in my lifelong interest in science and science fiction.
Loved the journey, nothing like any of the movies that have been made over the years. It's surprising how the movie makers take liberty w/ the authors creations. The performance by Tim Curry was wonderful. Great Story.
I bought this because of my high opinion of Tim Curry -- have even seen him live -- but I found myself dulled-to-sleep by Verne's story and more than a little irritated by Curry's voice work (especially for the uncle).
In theory this is a great story, but in print it suffers from its time period. More than half of the book is grindingly dry exposition about the whiney nephew (how could I have forgotten how badly he needed to be slapped?) and references to theories and scientists of the time, almost none of whom are even known today they were of so little consequence. Curry does his best, but he has little to work with.
If you must listen to this novel skip the high price of this version "extreme rapidity" and bore yourself to death with a cheaper copy.
This is a book best remembered for the very little that stands out as interesting, but never bothered with again. A post-card-length synopsis of the highpoints would suffice and could probably be remade into a decent movie as long as Brendan Frasier is not miscast into it again, unless he is there to slap the nephew.
Started to enjoy listening to books after a far too long break from reading nothing but scientific books.
The mix of adventure and science was invigorating, however the differences of the nature in the book as compared to reality was one of the things I liked the least (I realize it was written in the 19th century and I'm unaware of the knowledge in the subject of that time). Also the constant description of distances in miles/yards/foots, which unless you are used to it, is fairly annoying (mostly since it was mentioned quite regularly).
No real reaction and that was the problem, I enjoyed the story somewhat but I was rarely drawn into the story in such a manner that I couldn't stop listening.
Not really. I like the mix of adventure and science and will perhaps try to find other books in that genre.
Although familiar with the story I had never read this well-known tale.
I am happy that I did not pay full-price! What should have been an exciting and interesting adventure was simply tedious. The main character seemed to be having fainting fits through the whole book. I just could not feel any connection to any of the characters.
I enjoy Tim Curry's voice and would like to listen to another audiobook narrated by him, but the story fell flat.
It’s a classic. You know the story: Brendan Fraser, some kid, and a mute descend into an extinct volcano to journey to the center of the earth, and face trials and tribulations along the way. Yeah, some of the perils are a little forced, and the word “electricity” is both misused and overused, but heck the book was written in 1864, so what do you expect. Seriously though, if you haven’t yet read it, do so. It’s worth it.
I must say, however, that I am more than slightly disappointed with Tim Curry’s performance. Don’t get me wrong, he has a great voice, good pacing, and nice tone, but he uses character voices inconsistently. For example, his voice for the uncle suits the character well, but far too often he slips and uses the same voice for the narrator, which is confusing and irritating because I’m not sure who is saying what. Other than that, great job, especially with pronouncing “Snæfellsjökull.”
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
This is a book that I've read, and re-read many times. This edition, as narrated by Tim Curry, is lovely. His voice adds a husky gravitas that is lovely to listen to. The story almost becomes secondary to listening to Curry read it.
This is a classic Jules Verne story brought to brilliant life through Tim Curry's narration.
Any minor criticisms I might have with the story line of "Journey" are completely swept aside by the wonderful pitch-perfect narration of Tim Curry. As others have mentioned, it's like settling down in a large leather chair in Verne's study as he reads to you.
I can almost smell the cigars and brandy! Fantastic.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This book is not at all like the movie made many years ago with Pat Boone and James Mason. I liked this story better. There are no widows tagging along or geese to take care of on their journey. Just 3 men, the nephew, Professor and Hans the hunter.
Tim Curry does a great job of bringing the story to life. I have listened to his Dracula also and he is a great narrator. Yes, he is the scary clown from IT.
One part of the book that interested me was the theory of Sir Humphrey Davy on why he thought the center of the earth was not molten at all. In his theory he stated that if the core was molten then just like gravity's effect on the tides, gravity would make a consistent unleashing of volcanic magma on the high tide marks. It is an interesting view.
This a small book and it was fun to listen to it over a few days.