Bookkeeper, Wife, Mommy of one - listening to keep me in the loop.
Tim Curry is just a delight to listen to... I wasn't sure when I picked up the book, but it has made listening to a old classic a lot of fun.
Axel, the narrator, is my favorite character because he reacts the way I would... with drudging despair, and yet wonder, as they progress along the journey.
he is one if the best voice actors ever. Sadly he suffered a debilitating stroke a few years ago. I hope he recovers. He's a treasure. This audio book is terrific. A classic.
I think the time has passed for me to have enjoyed this book. The main character came off as annoying, so much so that it made reading painful. Tim Curry was great though.
Exceptional voice acting, with a mature voice, warm tone, and crisp accent. Very entertaining overall.
The narration was excellent. Mr Curry truly brought the classic story to life. The technical jargon describing the mineralogy, botanical, and prehistoric creatures was difficult to follow at times. Nothing, however, can diminish the genius and vision of Jules Verne.
"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham
Some of the specific scenes - a rural Icelandic home, a cavern full of coal damp, a battle in the sea at the center of the earth, the mammoth herder - are just great. On the other hand, the characters are very hard to like. You have a whiney and weak youth (the narrator) without any counterbalancing traits of interest, a man of science who jumps into everything without analysis and rationalizes all things in hindsight with little or no evidence, and a norse "robot" who is the perfect, tireless, mono-syllabic slave.
Curry was a fantastic reader. This isn't the kind of book that needs a lot of voices, just good solid diction. My only issue was the pacing. He reads at a very deliberate pace and I found myself listening at x1.25.
This is perhaps not Verne's best. And I say that as someone who absolutely adores dinosaurs, megafauna, "cavemen," and anything about the prehistoric era. The science is weak. The handwaving of logistics is painful. (Three men carrying enough food, blasting powder, mining and climbing equipment, etc. for 50+ days and they pick up and move at the drop of a hat?) The characters superficial and unlikable. ... And yet, despite all that, there are moments of wonder and glimpses of brilliant writing. A few of the pre-descent passages are just amazing. In fact, the whole first chapter is an impressive character study of the professor.
A classic story, that in the reading today might have seemed boring in parts or indecipherable, is rendered immensely enjoyable by Tim Curry's performance. A worthy listen!