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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I bought this because of my high opinion of Tim Curry -- have even seen him live -- but I found myself dulled-to-sleep by Verne's story and more than a little irritated by Curry's voice work (especially for the uncle).
In theory this is a great story, but in print it suffers from its time period. More than half of the book is grindingly dry exposition about the whiney nephew (how could I have forgotten how badly he needed to be slapped?) and references to theories and scientists of the time, almost none of whom are even known today they were of so little consequence. Curry does his best, but he has little to work with.
If you must listen to this novel skip the high price of this version "extreme rapidity" and bore yourself to death with a cheaper copy.
This is a book best remembered for the very little that stands out as interesting, but never bothered with again. A post-card-length synopsis of the highpoints would suffice and could probably be remade into a decent movie as long as Brendan Frasier is not miscast into it again, unless he is there to slap the nephew.
Started to enjoy listening to books after a far too long break from reading nothing but scientific books.
The mix of adventure and science was invigorating, however the differences of the nature in the book as compared to reality was one of the things I liked the least (I realize it was written in the 19th century and I'm unaware of the knowledge in the subject of that time). Also the constant description of distances in miles/yards/foots, which unless you are used to it, is fairly annoying (mostly since it was mentioned quite regularly).
No real reaction and that was the problem, I enjoyed the story somewhat but I was rarely drawn into the story in such a manner that I couldn't stop listening.
Not really. I like the mix of adventure and science and will perhaps try to find other books in that genre.
Although familiar with the story I had never read this well-known tale.
I am happy that I did not pay full-price! What should have been an exciting and interesting adventure was simply tedious. The main character seemed to be having fainting fits through the whole book. I just could not feel any connection to any of the characters.
I enjoy Tim Curry's voice and would like to listen to another audiobook narrated by him, but the story fell flat.
Listener of history, biography, and science, with some fiction and sci-fi thrown in for good measure.
It’s a classic. You know the story: Brendan Fraser, some kid, and a mute descend into an extinct volcano to journey to the center of the earth, and face trials and tribulations along the way. Yeah, some of the perils are a little forced, and the word “electricity” is both misused and overused, but heck the book was written in 1864, so what do you expect. Seriously though, if you haven’t yet read it, do so. It’s worth it.
I must say, however, that I am more than slightly disappointed with Tim Curry’s performance. Don’t get me wrong, he has a great voice, good pacing, and nice tone, but he uses character voices inconsistently. For example, his voice for the uncle suits the character well, but far too often he slips and uses the same voice for the narrator, which is confusing and irritating because I’m not sure who is saying what. Other than that, great job, especially with pronouncing “Snæfellsjökull.”
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This is a book that I've read, and re-read many times. This edition, as narrated by Tim Curry, is lovely. His voice adds a husky gravitas that is lovely to listen to. The story almost becomes secondary to listening to Curry read it.
This is a classic Jules Verne story brought to brilliant life through Tim Curry's narration.
Any minor criticisms I might have with the story line of "Journey" are completely swept aside by the wonderful pitch-perfect narration of Tim Curry. As others have mentioned, it's like settling down in a large leather chair in Verne's study as he reads to you.
I can almost smell the cigars and brandy! Fantastic.
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What is there not to love about this story, inspired so many copies, so many versions in book and movies. It has an imagination that inspires.
I just love this man's voice. It always sounds like he is having fun.
Another great book read by a great narrator.
Near the top. Curry's performance re-energized this story for me.
Any conversation between the nephew and professor. Always amusing even over a hundred years later.
The professor. Hands down.
I would have if time permitted.
Nope, just a classic book read by a classic actor. It's doesn't get much better.
The best thing was the narrator, Tim Curry. I love his voice and he is a perfect narrator. The part I liked the least was the part when they were traveling from Germany and up until they found the entrance of the cave, that felt like just a long boring wait.
It was what I had expected, no surprises really.
I would say the professor. Tim Curry makes him sound crazy and excentic.
Not really a book, but maybe some pages about other travelers following in their footsteps later on and how it went for them.
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of Tim Curry. He did an outstanding job reading this novel. I can appreciate how far seeing Jules Verne was during his time.
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