Jule's Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction classic. Volcanic tubes bring intrepid travelers toward the center of the Earth, where they encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
Scientist, Atheist, Humanist, and Historian. I don't know everything, but I know enough to know if you're full of it!
I have read and enjoyed many books by Jules Verne and I would love to read more of his writing.
The story was captivating and I enjoyed the main character's uncle.
The narrator's voice was difficult hear and understand, further there were some moments when I could hear the narrator cough.
It would be nice if the author was not dead... and in the center of the earth.
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The science in this book is a little dated and tired, the book would have been better abridged for the modern reader. If you like 1800 flourish this is the book for you. I think Jules was trying to prove how smart he was. Still enjoyable if you let your imagination go.
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Fun adventure! However I think the narrative must have had a bigger impact when it was written in 1864 than it can have now in the age of TV and Special Effects. The imagery must have seemed more fanciful and impressed the reader much more back then than it possibly could do in the present day, still; I enjoyed the story enough to want to read more of Jules Verne’s works.
I was most particularly entertained by Axel’s character. I liked his attitude, his almost comedic interactions with his uncle and his slightly dry or stuffy personality, but his journey felt a little tedious at times. Yes, I know the book is about the journey but some passages describing the strange and wonderful new world they were discovering bored me. I just wanted them to get there already!!
The story was really good. The story is about Axel who is pressured into a dangerous journey to the center of the Earth by his uncle and mentor, Professor Lidenbrock. The story progresses very fast, and has many really short chapters. The characters are very interesting, and the book explains a lot of science to educate the reader about the danger of their situation. On the other hand, they do make some serious scientific oversights, which can be expected in a book like this.
Personally, I liked Hans. He almost never spoke, but was fiercely loyal to the mission, and saves the party's lives multiple times.
The performance makes this book very hard to follow. The talent is there, and the voice acting makes the characters sound unique, but the quality of the recording is very poor. This is the only book in my library currently that is too difficult to hear while driving, just due to the ambient sounds of the highway. I don't have this problem with other books. The enunciation also makes some words hard to understand, even with the volume up to very loud levels. If it's available, I recommend getting a better performed version of this book.
I can absolutely see this being made into a movie, but I don't think I can come up with a good list of cast.
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I should have listened to the sample of this audio book before buying it. Verne can be pretty creaky, as the styles and concerns of fiction of the nineteenth century grate against contemporary taste. A good reader however, can ameliorate any clunkiness, but this recording doesn't have a good reader. This gentleman reads as if he's just been woken from a deep sleep and does not serve Verne's prose well.
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