I grew up reading Verne, 20,000 Leagues being an early favorite, but unfortunately, as important a figure as he may be in literature and scifi history, I don't think his writing holds up. I've revisited Verne a few times over recent years and though I love Nemo etc. I can't enjoy him now. His novels are, and it pains me to say it, better in an abridged version. This one in particular just goes on far too long and slowly and belabors events. And the narrator didn't help either, very slow and monotonous. I finished it, but I cheated and put the playback speed up to 2x.
My ten year old son and I listened to the full 19 hours! Our first audio book; we loved it. Especially the latter half. I found the reader easy to listen to and enjoyable as the story can be extremely descriptive and scientific at times. We can't wait to start another Jules Vern.
The level of effort and research that Jules Verne poured into this book leaves the reader craving much more than what most modern books offer. I haven't been this entertained with a book for a very long time. Wonderful performance and an edge-of-your-seat story, with a satisfying ending. I would highly recommend this book to any and all.
Mysterious island reminds me of the book Hatchet written 100 years before. Castaways survive on an island through their ingenuity with plentiful description of how they make things livable. How they grow crops, make a home, raise animals, and even harness electricity to a certain degree. My only criticism with it is that sometimes the description of their invention is too much. Some parts would make a good survivalist guide by themselves. Overall I enjoyed it.
I wasn't able to finish listening to the book. I couldn't get past how easy it was for these stranded guys to make a kiln, bricks, explosives, etc. Also, there was way too much description on the science of how all these awe-inspiring tasks were done.
I respect that this was written in a different era, but just didn't enjoy it. I imagine that if it was written now and published very few would find it acceptable.
A fascinating Victorian adventure with astounding vocabulary, this is enjoyable, if for no other reason than to be reminded that the marvels of the last century's science were once the science of fiction.
One glaring flaw is that Verne obviously shared many of the racist views of his era, especially concerning people of African ancestry. Though the primary character--an engineer from the US Civil War--is a proud abolitionist, the only black character is a shallow stereotype and is his servant.
Women are briefly mentioned, not actual characters, so little can be said about Verne's treatment of female characters from this book.