Tim Curry made this, already amazing, book riveting. I was already familiar with the book, but this made it so much more entertaining.
Authentic adventure story
I do not normally select "adventure" stories, so I have no basis for comparison. However, I was struck by the far greater credibility of the original, as compared to earlier movies loosely based on Jules Verne's novels. In view of my enjoyment of this novel, I have just downloaded "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". I like the newly-discovered authenticity associated with this novelist, whose imagination and scientific ideas remain remarkably accurate.
I love Tim Curry. He has a very wide range of voices and his characterizations always bring a story to life.
I first became familiar with him (as a reader) in a series of abridged recordings of (Audio Renaissance) books by Umberto Eco, an author not well represented in "Audible"), namely Foucault's Pendulum and Island of the Day Before.
In Journey to the Centre of the Earth, he once again excels. I would love to hear more unabridged recordings from Tim Curry.
A new rendering faithful to the erudition, vision & spirit of Jules Verne.
Do you enjoy Jules Verne? You will like this. Tim Curry brings life to a book that without him can feel overwritten and obviously outdated. What a joy to listen to Curry, I think he could read the phone book and make it a seductive best seller. I wish we had more from him. Great pick to narrate this book!
classy classic reading
Getting to know the story and the story characters which Ive heard and seen in so many ways but now I know the way it should be. Felt so much truer and real than any variation Ive seen or heard
Sometime the material could be a little dry, but Tim Curry kept it moving and interesting.
Not really a particular moment, but watching the reluctant scared boy turn into a curious, excited man who was seemed a little disappointed when the adventure was over.
Audiobooks makes my 10+hour commutes every week alot more bearable. :)
Fun clever adventure
The professor, he was and old funny clever little man
He had great voices and drama for the characters
I would recommend this book to a friend as an very enjoyable listen, especially if they have not already read the original work.
Verne was ahead of his time. Curry read spectacularly.
Limited characters. But the few were developed well. The story was more esoteric and filled with scientific jargon than I expected.
His accents and pronunciations were terrific
Jules Verne's books are classics, but the language of the time makes them a little inaccessible. This narration added life to the language of old, making a classic enjoyable.
Nothing really. The text is what it is. The narration makes it accessible to today's audience
Pronunciation, timing, character.
Others have already made the film, which I watched many years ago. This story allowed me to finally read (listen to) the book behind that movie
as it is a classic, but I could not make it to the end. Too much cave description, and whining by the narrator. Maybe one day I will finish it, but right now there are many other books to listen to in my library and on my wish list.
I did like Tim Curry as the reader. It took me a little while to get used to his accent, but after awhile I enjoyed him, and that is probably how I listened to over half of the story. He could differentiate voices between characters a little better- that is my only complaint about his style.
I purchased this title only to hear Tim Curry's narration. You can't deny he has a very distinctive voice - deep, smooth, classy. Because I'd seen him play various singing and acting roles (among them, uncountable viewings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as a teenager), I anticipated a lively performance. I'm afraid I was disappointed. The delivery was surprisingly flat. Admittedly, the tale includes very little dialogue, so there isn't much opportunity for Curry to display his skill at character creation. Overall, it was "okay." At a sale price, I'd say I did get my money's worth. After all, it's a classic piece of literature that I'd never got around to reading.