Noted geologist Professor Liedenbrock discovers a cryptic message hidden in the pages of an ancient volume purporting to show the way into the center of the earth. Liedenbrock determines to make this fantastic journey, insisting his 16-year-old nephew, Henry, accompany him. Tim Curry handles the verbal pyrotechnics of Verne’s classic adventure, capturing the sardonic wit and droll observations of 16-year-old Henry. Writing in 1864, when explorers such as Burton, Stanley, and Livingstone were charting the earth’s geography, Verne created the fantastical geography of the world below based on current scientific fact. With breathtaking surety, Curry’s performance takes listeners from Germany to Iceland to the bowels of the earth and back, providing humor and clarity.
Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of literature’s earliest works of science fiction. It vividly animates a fantastical subterranean world as an intrepid crew, led by the eccentric Otto Lidenbrock, traverses the planet’s core and its various bizarre obstacles: giant mushrooms and insects, a herd of mastodons, prehistoric humans, a treacherous pit of magma, and more.
Tim Curry, narrator of the customer favorite A Christmas Carol, returns for an encore performance that delivers a range of distinct character voices and captures the energy and enthusiasm of a time when scientific exploration was a brand new adventure.
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Verne had an art and command of eloquent vocabulary like I've never seen before. He has a way of choosing words that not only deepens the understanding of characters and plot, but it makes the reading of the book like the eating of rich and decadent chocolate-- the taste is rich and satisfying in small amounts.
Possibly the best performance I've ever heard in an audiobook. Text is full of science-with-an-exclamation-point, I loved every line.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and sometimes a good horror book, I also like a classic now and then.
Yes, its a classic and a good read (listen) My all time favorite book and movie (old school pat boone movie)
Tim Curry, I wish he would do more classics. Audible need more signature performances of the old school classics. Give me gritty, famous actors to read these classics and Il buy them. Give a fresh look at timeless books with a great reading from a great narrator like tim curry.
Top notch, wish he could do more, but I know he is getting sick... Thank you Mr. Curry for the books and movies you did share with us.
No, I hate abridged books, give me the full version and respect the authors true writes. No abridged books please.
Jules Verne has such a commanding and old world writing style, truly classic, especially when you look at he he created these classics.Great production, keep this sort of production going for the classics, seek after unique and commanding voices. It makes it that more special.
I really enjoyed Tim Curry's reading. Great language, good story. Loved the scientific observations and the professor vs student discussions. This is the first book I've had a difficult time listening to. Quite often the reading would stop and I would have to restart Audible. It was very frustrating and lead to my lower rating.
Decent book, but incredible narration. The book itself is a classic and it's obvious why, however the narration of this, by Tim Curry, might be the best audiobook narration I've encountered thus far.
The narrater is good but Jules Verne wrote a pretty boring book. It starts out pretty well, but it does not move. The book is pretty monitoned plot wise.
"Whiled away a very long drive!"
dad: the language was a bit dry
Sean (11): it was very interesting and I liked the mineral information
Lucy (10): very funny words. enjoyed the story but didn't understand it all.
I have enjoyed many Jules Verne books, they require a suspension of belief, but are good fun. However this one left me feeling slightly less than satisfied. Although if I were to say why, it would ruin the book for those new to it! Tim Curry was a very good narrator a,though could have put a bit more difference between the voices of Axel and his Uncle, as sometimes you weren't sure who was saying what.
"Such good fun!"
I should have read this classic as a child. It's a wonderful adventure story. Brilliant professional presentation that brought it alive. Would recommend this version of a great classic
"Tim Curry rocks"
Tim Curry's narration. As an actor I felt he gave the book greater depth than some other narrators.
Still thinking about that one
A depth to each of the characters, and a rich voice that's easy on the ear.
I haven't read any Jules Verne before but loved the experience of the language used in it's own time frame.
I'll definately be looking out for other Tim Curry narrated books, and more Jules Verne as well.
"Interesting choice of reader"
The book was reasonably well performed, I did unfortunately find the voice used for the main character a little bit challenging at times. But it did not significantly detract from the book. As for the book itself, a rather descriptive tome, not to my usual taste, but interesting.
"The adventure of imagination."
I read this for the first time when I was a child and I loved it then, it was better than reality, a dream, full of adventure and discoveries, a perfect way to escape all that was not good in my life.That was the memory but reading it again I was surprised I did not remember how humorous this book is, it maybe that as a child I was traveling so fast down those caverns that I never heard the funny side of the story this time the trip was shorter and not as intrepid but just as rewarding.
It feels fresh and limber the descriptions feel fairly modern and the pace is good, the language is a lot reacher and technical, not afraid to relish long scientific names and geological descriptions that are very nerdy and funny.
A great delight, like visiting a place you love, it all looks a little bit different but so familiar you find yourself at home before you know it.
An excellent performance Tim Curry made this book a real joy.
This would have easily been given six stars, if that was allowed.
'COME to me, I'm DYING!'
"Boys Own Story"
Curry is brilliant as the narrator here, but it is a shame that Verne has given him such poor material. The narrative is pretty 'ripping yarns' and there's none of the depth I'd hoped for it is one dimensionally a 'Boys Own' story.
I was really looking forward to listening to this as it has been one of my most favorite stories from childhood, how disappointed I was. The narrator did not hold my attention, I tuned out that many times that in the end I gave up. What happened to the suspense, the story, the excitement .... gone ! There was too much technical detail which did not add but detracted from my enjoyment. And I have to say that the narrator did nothing to save it. In my opinion a wrong choice of narrator. I think an abridged version would be better
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