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.
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
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!
As with most of the old classics, I had a hard time getting through the long boring ramblings of the bygone era but the movie was so good that it's hard to understand what happened in the translation.
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Tim Curry's narration of this book is excellent. He made the story come alive so that it was easy to visualize what he was telling.
This is an enjoyable story, despite the frequent whining of one character.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is used to reading novels, or even just getting into them. There is no bad language and the story is gripping.
The story takes place in the 1800s, and something that excited the characters in that time isn't necessarily super exciting now. Don't get me wrong, the adventure part was pretty fun, but the social aspects were dated.
This book is a classic for a reason, and Tim Curry brings it to life like never before in a truly entertaining performance. I've listened to it many times and will continue to whenever i am in need of 8 hours of wonder and discovery!