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.
well read, jules verne, adventure
probably any other jules verne
Tim Curry added a great deal of intelligence, wit and drama to the tale. there are some potentially less interesting parts of the novel, such as the journey to (and around) Iceland, that he managed to maintain very well. Curry also did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
I did laugh, both in the description of the professor, as well as in the ongoing reluctance of the main character. There are some parts of the adventure that may have been harrowing for readers of the time, but are mostly amusing now. I remember being more engaged, excited by discovery, and probably even scared in places, as a kid of 8-11. The geological speculation is pretty sketchy, and hard to take seriously - but made up for by the fun of the ride.
While it isn't the best of Verne's novels, go for it. Curry does a great job. It isn't a modern day thrill-ride like Jurassic Park, but I doubt something like Jurassic Park could ever have been written without Verne's influence. I think H.G. Wells is much more imaginative, and probably a better writer - there's nothing like War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, Time Machine, etc.; Verne tried to stick more closely to what he thought could be scientifically possible. But still, these novels are absolutely wonderful, and captured the imagination of the day, as well as my own imagination as a child.
Slow at first, but it builds and becomes fanciful and very interesting. The juxtaposition of the professor and his nephew are beautifully voiced by Curry.
Tim Currys narration of this classic Jules Verne tale is timeless, delivered with pose and precision, class and style. It takes you right there and draws you into every part of the story. Verne would have loved this himself.
A must listen to all faithfuls to the classic or those in the mood for some pure escapism.
I enjoyed the book but it’s not an exciting story until the very end. It was interesting to hear the original story. I think the book ends too quickly, just as it starts to get good. The book creates a lot of opportunity for the story to go on but it just suddenly ends. I get the feeling Jules Verne didn’t know what to do once he opened up this exciting new world, so he just made an unbelievable exit.
I wouldn't recommend this book except to those who are familiar with other books by this author, or those who enjoyed this book as a child.
Tim Curry really knows how to read a story. By itself, it could be boring, but Tim brings the characters to life.
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It's a good adventure story that cute for the kids but a little too unrealistic for my liking. The narrator is good though and I really like the parts of the books about Iceland.