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Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook

Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

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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.

Publisher's Summary

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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    I Smith 07-08-15
    I Smith 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Difficulty with Audible"

    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.

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    J. Pearson Portland, OR 07-07-15
    J. Pearson Portland, OR 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant Narration"
    Where does Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Sara W. 07-02-15
    Sara W. 07-02-15
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    "What An Adventure"

    A very fantastical adventure, very well written. A bit dated, but still a fun read.

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    William R. 07-01-15
    William R. 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good narration but bad storyline"

    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.

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    M. T. 06-19-15
    M. T. 06-19-15
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    "Great listen thanks to Tim Curry!"

    A very fun listen. Tim Curry's enthusiasm really shines through. Well worth it! More Tim Curry!

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    Marianne 05-04-15
    Marianne 05-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "highly entertaining !"

    a really great performance and a wonderful story
    what a yarn! and why do I have to come up with 20 words when fewer will do?

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    Mobile Developer 03-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Monotonous"

    Monotonous and anti climactic story narrated by an insufferable whiner. Not even Tim Curry's performance, excellent as it was, could polish this turd of a story.

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    Jeremy R. Snyder 01-23-15

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    "An... adequate attempt to revisit a childhood fave"

    I suspect that, as a child, I read an abridged version of this classic tale... or possibly I just forgot how much whining the narrating character does. Nevertheless, it was fun to go back to it and Tim Curry is as good as you'd expect him to be. For those who know and love this tale, this is a good new experience of it. For those who always meant to read Jules Verne books, but never did--don't start here. Read 20K Leagues and some others first.

    I did not give the performance five stars only because Mr. Curry's interaction with the Jules Verne writing style develops an up and down lilt that starts to feel like waves after a while and makes a listener feel sleepy as much as interested. I wondered, at times, if Mr. Curry himself found the narrating character's internal monologue a bit tedious.

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    professor Salem, OR United States 01-12-15
    professor Salem, OR United States 01-12-15
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    "Glad to have finally "read" this classic!"

    And all while getting my daily workouts! I love my Audible! I was surprised at how much science and geography were part of this book, not having looked anything up prior to deciding to read it. I learned a lot and was entertained.

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    cowgirlspirit47 01-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    Such a timeless adventure.
    Beautifully told.
    Totally enjoyed hearing it again.
    Absolutely LOVE TIM CURRY.
    WHAT AN IMAGINATION.... JULES VERNE...AMAZING.

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