This is a great story by Jules Verne, but one that I was not aware of. It's like Swiss family Robinson on steroids.
The young boy, who was somewhat of a naturalist and curious about everything, and soaking up the experience of their misfortune.
He did a superb job at defining each character and his voice.
I'm not that sort of a reader. I prefer to listen to it in installments it is very easy to pick up on it again and continue with the story.
This book is very similar to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Personalities from that previous book can be found in here, as well as many of the interpersonal dynamics. It is interesting to see the descriptions of what the characters were able to accomplish on the Island. All in all, I prefer this book to 20,000 Leagues. I found 20,000 much more tedious although that book probably would have delighted me if I had lived in an earlier age without easy access to nature documentaries. The narrator does a good job and he is very clear in his diction. I was able to listen to this book at 3X speed with no issues.
I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.
The mystery made you want to get to the end of the book.
Jup... Just joking... Proffessor Harding
He was a better than average reader.
I did figure out the mystery before the reveal at the end of the book, but did not ruin the experience. If you liked 20K Leagues Under the Sea, you may like this better...
No. It definitely drags.
Depends on the book.
Few classics move slower than this one for me. Narrator Benny Clark's portrayal of the various charcters was poor.
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
I would put this book securely among the top ten I've listened to.
I could easily compare this book to other classics like The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth by the same author.
I most enjoyed the "big reveal" towards the end. Honestly I did not see it coming though looking back I probably should have.
I would not really use the word moved but I thought the cavern named Granite House was in my minds eye spectacular.
This book is written back before instant gratification was the norm. Due to this expect a slow start that familiarizes and endears the reader to each character and truly makes one empathize with the whole crew. I love the execution and can honestly say I felt as if I were there on the island with them. Don't be surprised if in the reading you meet me there!
This is the second best audiobook I've listened to.
Comparing it to Ender's Game, this book also makes the mind imagine ramifications of the story as it conserves a real athmosphere. The carachters are really great, they are full of carachteristics, they are smart, innocent and inventive.
With Verne you cannot go wrong.
A sequel to "20,000 Leagues..." the book postulates a long balloon ride from Libby Prison in Richmond (1865) to a south seas island. One character, an engineer, dominates/leads the others and they all create an idyllic life on a the island. Originally published in 1874, republished many times over, the amount of research to create pottery, nitroglycerine, build a boat, domesticate animals, etc., was amazing. The writing style also reflects the times as does the attitude toward slavery and class. As I missed the opportunity in high school, I'll read some more Jules Verne.
No Pink Ponies
The print version is very long. But some translations are better than others. This one is mediocre.
The meeting of the colonists with the mysterious benefactor in the caverns of Lincoln Island. One of science fiction's great moments with one of science fiction's great characters.
The performance was good, except I disliked the reader's voice for Pencroft the sailor. It was annoying--the gruffness was a good idea, but the voicing was forced and positively irritating.
This was one of my favorite books as a child. For some reason, however, the characters came alive more in the written version, especially Herbert, who seems less important in the spoken version. The end does make you cry a bit--it is bittersweet.
I still think this is one of Verne's best novels. In a way, it's a sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" which is perhaps a greater novel than this.
Mom of 3 and a book lover.
I was happy found the audio version and enjoyed it as if I read it myself.
The characters are thrown together during a hurricane and there begins their journey. They are creative, intelligent and men of integrity. Survival and daily needs must be conquered. They have an unseen benefactor who watches over them. It is such a great read, pick it up and see for your self