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.
This wasn't quite the story I expected, though I might have. I think I saw the film adaptation with Jackie Chan and that guided my thoughts more than my recollection of Verne's style, having read Journey to the Center of the Earth a few years ago.
It was an adventure, and quite the travel log, but I was off-put at first by the protagonist's attitude. He was precision personified, but inaffable and emotionless. It lead to better relating to Passpartout, perhaps intentionally by Verne, while still rooting for Fogg from a more detached perspective. Each up and down, each new challenge and obstacle was better felt through the Frenchman, who was often "on tender hooks", rather than the passive and unconcerned expressions of his master. Nonetheless it was a fun ride and kept me rapt to learn how they would make each new stretch of the journey on time. The antics and sidebar excitements were entertaining. I noticed how Verne repeatedly described the new locations, listing the people and flora and fauna, cultural practices (these through his own biased cultural lens of the time, of course) and places, and everything imaginable, and at the same time discounts all of these wonders which he just took the time to list extensively, almost scientifically, commenting that none of this mattered to Fogg who hardly noticed any of his surroundings and that that was fine because he wasn't there to sight-see. I found it almost laughable at times. And at the last, I laughed and shook my head at them, because even before all that talk of Passpartout's watch and meridians, I had thought of the international date line, and they had not.
The narration was done beautifully by Dale. The many accents around the world were well affected, and dialogue never suffered voice confusions. The inclusion in this edition of music from around the world (corresponding to each present location) at the beginning of each chapter was startling and a little annoying at first, but I acclimated to it by the time they'd reached Calcutta and rather enjoyed it from Japan on homewards.
A fun diversion, well worth the listen.
I mean, what can we say, Jim Dale is the best! I chose this book because I was specifically looking for other books narrated by him. The bonus with this book is that the story is absolutely wonderful. I had no idea it was so much fun! Definitely a sure bet!
Of all the audio books I've heard, I'm thinking this might be my fave. The story is engaging and incredibly well red. The production is exquisite and compelling. Great work all round and I highly recommend it.
Having heard a couple different performances of this Book, this one is far and away the best, in fact it's the only one I've managed to listen to all the way through. Jim Dale captivates the audience and keeps your attention, even though I had read the book years ago, I ended up listening to this audio book in one sitting. Though originally published in 1873, it was written for a popular audience and is still very accessible for modern audiences. When originally published it was a fun, if unlikely, fictional travelogue with a perchance for good-hearted stereotypes. But today it has become much more, it's a first person look into the world, especially the United States and British Empire, as it was 140 years ago, or at least how it was seen to be by a French playwright. It captures the optimism of the era, when steam and the opening of the Suez Canal were making the world a smaller place and expanding the possibilities of mankind.
Definitely, Jim Dale and Jules Verne are an amazing team. I thought that Dale's performance brought Verne's story up to a magnificant performance.
The ending with a twist was so incredible !
I greatly appreciated the narrator's ability to use different voices for the various characters
It's a toss-up between Filious Fogg and his french servant Passpatoo. (Don't know correct spelling) They were both extremely honourable and loyal to each other. Mr. Fogg could have abandoned his servant on a number of occasions, but chose to rescue him at considerable cost. Passpatoo, with obvious talents was impulsive and rash but absolutely loyal to his master and saved the day for Fogg in the end. A great combination of characters.
No. This is the first audio book I have listened to.
Not sure what a tag line is.
I liked the inclusion of appropriate music and sound effects during the commencement of each chapter. It added to the impression of actually being there.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Verne sets up a great scenario as Fogg ventures off to make it around the world in 80 days to win a bet. He is cool as troubles come his way, showing patience and ingenuity to solve problems. The story shows the power of perseverence, how to handle others in crisis, and the calmness with which to deal with disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend to all readers.
Who would have thought that this classic would have all of the elements of a Hollywood action thriller? It's a great story and a perfect way to liven up your commute.
Jim Dale's narration is spellbinding. I will listen to anything that he narrates just to hear what he brings to the table.
It definitely leaves you hanging and wanting more.
Fun story and I LOVE listening to Jim Dale.
As gifted and incredible as Jim Dale is...I started my love of audio books with the Harry Potter series. If you have listened to all of them, you will swear Harry Potter characters are suddenly in this book.
But it is still Jim Dale and a great book. I say go for it!
I strongly reccomend it. I have listened to the audiobook at least 4 or 5 times.
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