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.
What else can I say? I love Jules Verne and most especially The Mysterious Island.
this review is a little dated only because I have listened to 3 books since I have listened to this one . but with that , this will be an honest review.
I enjoyed this book . I listened to this book right after I listened to the Martian.,also a great book .
similar in a way that man will fight to survive no matter what obstacles
this book was enjoyable because , lets be honest, what's not to like about being stranded on an island.
they create a semi-modern life for themselves considering it was civil war era.
the only thing that had me off about the book was the engineer , he could do no wrong in the eyes of his ...worshipers, I mean island mates or fellow balloon wreck-ees . whatever you want to call them .
but, that was just a slight annoyance
I do not regret this book , and I will be listening again someday
The story and performance were very good, but the translation was mediocre at best, not exercising the beauty of the language and somewhat dry. Recommend to try another translation.
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.