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I shy away from translated works (was this not first published in French?) as you are at the mercy (or merci!) of the translator, but not so here...excellent adaptation and reading. As a time buff myself, I should have seen the ending coming, but did not, and was totally enthralled. The descriptions of Victorian era USA are worth the entire book. A great eye-opener for those of us (40+!!) who approached this work only from the Mike Todd film of the '60s....much more to it than that. Read and enjoy.
I greatly enjoyed this book, the first I've actually "read" by Jules Verne, and highly recommend both the book and this narrator. I think I've now purchased 5 or 6 audiobooks narrated by Mr. Cosham, whose reading style is gentle, but always effective. I was surprised to discover that Around the World in 80 Days is not a silly slap-stick comedy, as portrayed in all the film versions thus far. There is plenty of humor, but it is subtle and emerges from the situations and the relationships among the characters. (And the characters in the book never travel in any sort of flying machine, a favorite device in the movies.) I long for someone to do a really good film adaptation that captures the personalities of the characters and the atmosphere of the story as written by Verne, not as imagined by Hollywood!
An utterly enchanting reading of Verne's classic book. The narrator injects such life and breadth into the characters while maintaining the very British nature of the story. This adaptation has made want to hear more of Verne on audio...well done!
Like all of Vern's novels, you have to remind yourself that this was written in the late 1800's! He keeps you on the edge of your seat and is very detailed about the scenarios and settings. When reading Vern's books, the extensive detail is often too much for my taste. But THIS narrator does a great job getting through the details and makes it more of what Vern probably intended. And it's true, there are NO flying machines in this story and Fogg is not an inventor! He is far too mysterious for that! Great "read" that keeps you wanting more.
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