I enjoyed the story however the language and names would have been a challenge reading the book. Listening to the book allowed this aspect to not be an issue. Tim Curry did an excellent job of distinguisihing the characters voices. I also love him in the reading of Dracula
This book may not be for everyone.I enjoyed it because it gives you a glimpse of another era.Jules Verne in his day was cutting edge.
His ideas and premises were true SCIENCE fiction in that the premises in his books are well researched scientific"what ifs".
Journey to the Center of the Earth's premise is basically "What if the Center of the earth does NOT have a molten core".The story basically is a narration of how a 19th century
Explorer/Scientist[Verne calls them Savants],accompanied by his nephew and a Nordic
"hunter"skilled in living off the land make their journey.
It is slower paced than more contemporary books written today and bears only a passing resemblance to the Hollywood movie versions. Geology was never my strong point
but there is plenty of it to support the story.
Curry, yes; Verne, no.
Heavens no! Although I won't purchase another Verne novel.
Curry's elocution is perfect, his dramatization remarkable! I would have stopped reading the book after the first three chapters had it not been for Curry. Verne is a boring writer; his descriptive passages are too long.
Curry reads this book at a somewhat slower than normal pace, which can be helpful if one has trouble with accents or just likes a bit more time to proccess the spoken word. Curry's destinctive and highly entertaining voice inspired me to NOT press the STOP button on my MP3 player after Chapter 3.
Be warned: the 1959 movie Journey To The Center of The Earth, starring James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl is based VERY loosely on Verne's novel. You'll be very disappointed if you expect this audio book to be a dramatization of the movie.
Tim Curry does an excellent job of reading the characters differently and reading in general. This is a professional actor and it shows.
I would recommend it to someone who is deeply interested in Geology, but if you are looking for a story with character transformations or events which are deeply significant, then don't look here.
I would recommend the story to be made into an interactive, serious game for those who are learning about Geology concepts. The story is engaging enough to keep the learner interested without getting in the way of what is to be learned. I did learn a lot about Geology.
Tim Curry is a great actor.
No, not in the least.
I thought it had an amazing story with great characters and vision, but the climax and ending were a let down overall. I didn't know the story and I was expecting more adventure at the end and a more grandious escape. I also thought the wrap up of the characters at the end was also anti-climactic.
yes - but only if they really liked adventure stories, knew about the ending, or I gave them a heads up about the end.
Main one - the story was from his point of view and therefore it biased me toward him.
no - it ended, going back into the story would be weird.
Every time I listen, I hear something new. Classic Jules Verne. Very realistic, going deeper and deeper into an old volcano to reach the center of the earth.
It wasn't the reader or anything - it was just that I had fairly high expectations for the book as it is such a classic. I found the characters for the most part fairly irritating and I honestly could relate to none of them. It is a book that I think would have benefited from being read on my eReader as there were many words that are no longer in common usage (as well a numerous geological references).
Tim Curry was probably the best narrator I've encountered on audible.com, the story was itself seemed to drag out with little or no real payoff.