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
This is one of my favorites. Our 11 year old son gave it a 10/10.
Phileus - he is so mysterious, graceful, patient. Our son compared him to Buddha.
Great characters, pace.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Fantasy, excitement, pace
All of them, I know a cop out but it's true Jim s very good, a listeners narrator
Just loved very minute
This translation is better than any print version I've found, and was a joy to listen to. It now holds a permanent place on my iPod.
Passepartout carried the day, the trip, the story.
My favorite line: Jim Dale as Passeparout exclaiming, "That takes the biscuit!"
I very much appreciated the comments at the end from Tim Ditlow of Listening Library, putting the book in context of the time in which it was written and also giving listeners a history of his company.
Passepartout was probably my favorite character because of his passion and courage but also because of the humorous predicaments he got himself into. Phileas Fogg was also excellent, a rock solid, competent and (deep down) caring individual.
His ability to make all the characters come alive by assuming heir personalities. You forgot that there was only one person reading.
Laughed a lot.
The story was excellent and Jim Dale's performance put it over the top. Will be hard to find a book to follow up.
A definite recommend here. Although I did not know what to expect when I got this audiobook, I was treated to a delightful, fun time.
Jim Dale really makes the reading of this old classic a memorable listen. What an excellent reader! His perfect use of voices and accents richly endow the characters making each seem to come alive. You will find yourself developing strong opinions about each of the main ones.
Once the story got going, I found it very difficult to break away and pause the book. Time flew by and found myself wishing the story would keep on going. But, it ended.
This audiobook, with its wonderful sound effects, makes each scene vivid and easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and enjoy a first class performance.
SL in Mpls
The story is superb and captivating with the talent of Jim Dale. He so aptly distringuishes one character from another. Our family ages 8 to 49 y.o. each loved it.
The scenes from India are all well done but the suspense of rescuing the princess and who was in disguise was magnificent. We would occasionally stop the story to let our imaginations ponder the scene. We discussed not seeing the movie, even though it is a cliassic, just because we hate to disturb what the magic within ourselves.
ANY book Jim Dale narrates is exceptional. We got hooked on listening to his talent in Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. He can do a dozen voices and you can keep every character alive and individual. He does the same with this Jules Verne tale.
The narration is accompanied by poignant music lightly played in the background during particularly dramatic scenes that added to the suspence and mystery. It all kept you guessing and anticipating.
Yes, I would listen to it again because it was a very entertaining story.
I thought that the story was highly entertaining, the characters were developed well and the story was told with enough humor and excitement to keep me interested.
everything! Jim Dale is by far my favorite narrator. He has such a wonderful way of bringing the story to life.
Parts of the book were humorous.
Awesome listen!! The narrorator is a wizard, and this story is one of the best. Jim Dale was so good I was talking like a brit by the end! haha. You will love this audiobook!!!!!!
well I love all my audiobooks, but Jim Dale is amazing!!! i love him from the Harry Potter audiobooks and in this one I was not disappointed!! He speaks very clear, this for me is very important because I am not a native speaker.
I understand the whole story is about an urgent timeline, but the book should have had more character development, more romance, more colorful descriptions about the exotic locations, more cultural background described. The basis is laid out for tremendous adventure potential, but the word are mostly desribing the logistics of the journey.
I would definitely see it. The story theme has so much potential, involves so many high adrenalin scenes in exotic locations. I think a movie director would embellish a bit and make a great movie. The book itself hurried through all the possibilities.
I strongly reccomend it. I have listened to the audiobook at least 4 or 5 times.
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