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 was great fun to listen to. The performance was excellent, and the story is a classic. Well worth listening to, even if you've read the book once or twice before.
This audiobook filled me with wonder and pleasure. Jim Dale is such an amazing narrator that the characters became alive in my imagination with his voice. Jules Vern of course has created yet another masterpiece of a story.
Jim Dale did an excellent job of narrating this book. Very entertaining.
The ending of course!
I wish I could have.
Don't buy another version. This one is the best!
not a huge fan of sound effects. and they keep cropping up in this recording. not terribly distracting, but distracting none the less. otherwise it was a great book. love the story.
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.
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