The most interesting thing about this book is that it is an adventure speckled in between a survival guide, and an biology textbook. Every process the islanders do is described in extreme detail, from making bricks to collecting plants. Every piece of vegetation on the island is listed, class, order, species, its use, etc to the point that I would almost nod off, and then in stark contrast, something strange or frightening would happen on the island and little to no explanation would be offered, leaving you begging for more.
This pattern of dullness followed by mystery would continue through the entire book. It was an interesting experience, similar to drifting off to sleep, only to be awakened by an unexplained bump in the night. I've never had this kind of emotional experience from a book before, and would highly recommend it.
This is easily my favorite Jules Verne novel. A great story about 5 castaways using the technology of their time to truly "turn lemons into lemonade."
Full of adventure with some mystery on the side. No fan of the classics should miss it!
Although other listeners seemed to have like the narration, I found it distractingly monotonous. The character voices were weak and unconvincing as well.
The plot could have been a fun relaxing listen, because you understand from the beginning that no matter what treachery occurs, somehow everything will turn out just fine. But, the idealized characters lack depth, their interactions lack real substance, and there is never any mention whatsoever of women and how the presence of women on the island may have improved the situation considerably, especially for the long-term colonization of the beloved island.
With its themes of cooperation, hard work, using science and resources to make whatever you need, this book may be a good fit for some pre-teen boys. Outside of this audience, I cannot recommend it. Young girls would notice the conspicuous absence of female characters, and adults would be quickly bored with the saccharine story.
I had never read the book before, listening was a great way to experience this story.
The occasional mispronounced word was amusing, overall good performance.
Obviously the ending.
Made me want to go back and read Verne, 20000 leagues under the sea again.
It's a awesome book. The mystery and a what happens next is present in this book
Finally know what happens to nemo
A good reader and how he delivers the book
Cyrus Harding was my favorite character. Just the idea that such a man had that much knowledge of so many different topics that he was able to guide the rest of the colonists in recreating a new society of a kind.
did a very good job, Half way through my iPhone died and had to get a blackberry so I also had to get a different audiobook. The other guy didnt cut it.
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
No, I heard it the first time.
That voice in my wife's head.,
Global warming causes Submarine death.
Put down the PS4 and read the Master. This is the mind that the Gamers wish they had.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Reminiscent of ROBINSON CRUSOE this is a buoyant tale of adventure that appeals to the young at heart. Set in the time of the American Civil War this is a fine example of 19th century fiction. Despite perilous circumstances—of first imprisonment and then castaway on a desert island, tossed by storm and threatened by pirates—our intrepid, if unwitting, colonists always look on the bright side of life, having boundless energy and unchained optimism. This feature somewhat dates this story before the turn of the previous century. The manner in which the characters take on each new challenge from a scientific posture lends me to categorize this as a Science Fiction story. It is entirely akin to early Sci-Fi tales where the reader could well expect lengthy explanations of imaginary technological advances interspersed throughout. Another element that would not be found in contemporary fiction is the unapologetic male perspective. None of the characters are female, and in fact, there is scant mention of the fairer sex anywhere in the book. I found this to be a story told in a straight-forward fashion that makes it easy to follow. You may let is wash over you like the waves on the beach of Lincoln Island. This novel is a worthy addition to Verne’s earlier work 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. It hearkens back to a more noble age, and gave me a taste of the sense of wonder I had reading as a child when simple exploration was sufficient to enthrall me.
Benard Citero Clark gives a fine reading delivering this matter-of-fact story in a straight-forward fashion. He is capable of delivering unique character voices that add much to the enjoyment of this book. This novel is written from the perspective of a third-person omniscient narrator. Berny Clark has a voice that became transparent and allowed me to fully engage with the text.