Combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time, Around the World in 80 Days gripped audiences upon its original publication and remains hugely popular to this day.
This recording includes an afterword written by Starr LaTronica, the Youth Services Manager of the Four Country Library System in Vestal, NY, and Tim Ditlow, Publisher of Listening Library, that explains the context of Jules Verne's cultural references since his story was crafted using the predominant opinions and biases of his time.
(P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
For the most part I like this audio book. The story is great and the narration is great. However, some "brilliant person" decided to put music behind the first part of every chapter. I absolutely HATE this part of the thing. It's distracting and completely unnecessary. While I'm driving and listening to the book, the music adds nothing and makes it harder to concentrate on listening while paying attention to traffic.
I'd give this a better rating if not for the idiotic addition of pointless music.
I absolutely would listen again. It was an absolute delight! Jim Dale is a master of character voices and the music and other sound effects increased the charm.
Jim Dale brought the characters to life with voices and accents unique to each one.
I would if I had the time.
Often times a story and its reader may both be great, however when paired together, fail to impress. This particular book with this particular narrator does not encounter this issue. You will be thoroughly absorbed into the world so thoughtfully created by Jules Verne and so well painted by Jim Dale.
Jim Dale did a fabulous job narrating this story. He impressively conveyed the personality and dimension of every character. It was so easy and very fun to see the story come to life before my very eyes as I listened. Bravo!!
I bought this one because of Jim Dale and he certainly did not let me down. I don't think he needed the background sound effects though. The plot was good though the characters were perhaps underdeveloped. What absolutely irritated me though was the publisher's apology at the end for the politically incorrect statements of the author. Seriously? This was written in 1872 and the publisher feels the need to apologize for producing something that may offend the thin-skinned listeners of today? Anyway, a classic book with a great performance.
This was a lovely, charming book. I was transported to another time, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
I think this would have been fine without the music. Very distracting at the beginning of EACH chapter! I wish a version without the music could be released as it is completely unnecessary and completely changed my experience of this audiobook.
Jim Dale is a great narrator
Jim Dale has scored again. His reading of this lovely adventure is spot on. I didn't find the train whistles and track noises a benefit. The imagination lets you see and smell the smoke as well. I found the comments by the publisher at the end a sad addition. You don't need to apologize for Jules Vern. Ever.
As others have noted, the reading was really quite wonderful apart from the French accent sounding more German than French, which did impact the story a little bit. Otherwise I loved the voices and the reading, and eventually became used the the unusual French accent as Passepartout's voice, and ultimately really enjoyed the whole book including the accent.
I strongly reccomend it. I have listened to the audiobook at least 4 or 5 times.
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