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Around the World in 80 Days Audiobook
Around the World in 80 Days
Written by: 
Jules Verne
Narrated by: 
Jim Dale
Around the World in 80 Days Audiobook

Around the World in 80 Days

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let's face it: Jules Verne's book is pretty tedious in print. But I was in need of a listen for a family road trip, and was intrigued by what Jim Dale could do with Verne's "classic". To our pleasant surprise, my family and I were absolutely transported. Dale's brilliance takes what is essentially a lengthy travelogue and turns it into a glorious adventure. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

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

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Classic

What Members Say

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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 09-26-08
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 09-26-08
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    "Stupid Music"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Davina AUGUSTA, GA, United States 07-02-16
    Davina AUGUSTA, GA, United States 07-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it! Great narration!!"

    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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip United States 06-27-16
    Phillip United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Irritating apology at the end"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David M. 06-27-16
    David M. 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Jim Dale's reading"

    Loved it except like other readers I didn't understand the point of the music. If the music was put in for a more theatrical purpose, maybe bringing someone else in for female voice would have been good. Other then that, awesome reading!! I got so much more out of it then when I tried to read it. If all the those characters were done by Jim Dale, he is truly gifted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer dr@gon69D 04-20-16
    Amazon Customer dr@gon69D 04-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Enchanting! Jim Dale gave an excellent performance"

    This was a lovely, charming book. I was transported to another time, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Henry Miami, FL USA 04-20-16
    Gillian Henry Miami, FL USA 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration. The music is annoying"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Jim Dale is a great narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Hopper 04-20-16

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    "Wonderful adventure and Jim Dale is spot on!"

    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.

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    leaozinho Madison, WI USA 04-12-16
    leaozinho Madison, WI USA 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, good reading, but French accent was lacking"

    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.

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    Tarrah R. 01-01-16
    Tarrah R. 01-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fabulous family fun"

    enjoyed this very much while we drove from northeastern Colorado to bend, Oregon. our three daughters enjoyed it with us. the narrator was very talented.

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    Rebekah 08-08-15
    Rebekah 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    The narrator did a great job with the characters accent differences(i.e. English, French, Indian, American) the story was read in a lively interesting manner, as the author intended... Well done. I would absolutely recommend this audio version!

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