I have always loved Journey to the Center of the Earth. Even though I understand as an adult that the center of the earth is a rotating core of molten metal, Verne's novel still captures my imagination.
Be aware though that Audible is offering Blackstone Audiobooks's edition of Journal to the Center of the Earth with Simon Prebble as the narrator. In fact, the preview audio is indeed Prebble's narration. However, when I purchased and downloaded the audiobook, to my great surprise, I discovered that it is a version narrated by Frederick Davidson. I have nothing personal again Davidson, but I find his narration style to be supercilious and effeminate.
I've contacted Audible support twice about this mix up, but no quick solution appears forthcoming.
Unfortunately, Audible does not always give its older audiobook editions close scrutiny when it comes to accuracy and quality. For this reason, I have rated an audiobook that deserves 4 stars as 1 star.
Erik Steele was in there pitching with some good narrative talent, but Jaws the novel is too dreadful to be saved by even the best narrator. The problem with Peter Benchley's writing is that none of the characters are even remotely likable. As I read further into the novel, I found myself rooting for the shark. Early on, Benchley takes the reader into the mind of the "fish", which is a fascinating and effective technique. I wish the entire novel had been written for the shark's point of view.
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