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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

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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
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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
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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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    Amanda Long 06-25-15
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    "Excellent production!"

    I enjoyed listening to this production very much. The narrator seamlessly changed accents to suit the characters and although I do not typically care for music and sound effects, they truly added to this recording by drawing you into the story.

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    traaajhgsne 05-13-15
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    "Wonderful"

    I love listening to this book before bed. It's witty, well written, and the narrator's voice is very melodious.

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    "What a wonderful listen"

    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.

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    W. Sloan Snyder Charlotte, nc 04-24-15
    W. Sloan Snyder Charlotte, nc 04-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing"

    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.

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    Ryan Salinas, ca, United States 04-13-15
    Ryan Salinas, ca, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jim Dale did an excellent job of narrating this book. Very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Around the World in 80 Days?

    The ending of course!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy another version. This one is the best!

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    T. Kostalas 03-03-15
    T. Kostalas 03-03-15

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    "sound effects ... grr"

    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.

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    Jennifer 08-20-14
    Jennifer 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Passportout was the better protagonist"

    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.

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