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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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.
The writer paints the picture in exquisite detail. You will see all of it and follow the narrators caricature wonderfully
All were great!
Yes, he is superb. I picked the book in great part due to his narration.
I was wanting to listen to the whole book marathon but made it a point to divide it up as necessary. Great listen, you will not want to stop if you like mental adventure. The science was superb.
Great classic writer, great narrator, excellent material. Not dated in the least. FAR FAR better then the modern day movies. No wonder they keep trying to create this story in film. Just not as good as the read (Listen)
Journey to the center of the earth - the book was interesting and entertaining.
This was good to listen to in one sitting
I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.
Yes. The nuances of this master craftsman's voice added immeasurably to the pleasure of
a much loved book.
Its a classic. Written before we became so jaded. It is simple, imaginative and hugely entertaining.
He brings expression to the old fashioned language of the era which can become a bit stilted to our modern way of expressing ourselves.
I have read this book so many times. Enjoyed its cadence like an old friend but this time the old friend had a fantastic voice!
Tim Curry is a craftsman, an artist and whatever he was paid for doing this ..... it just was not enough. The man is a genius!
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
Listening to this book was not a waste of time. It's considered a classic and I just listened to Around the World in 80 Days again. I don't think I'll listen to this one again though.
I think it's a mediocre ending. The story wraps up abruptly.
I have not. I enjoyed his performance though.
I did see an old version of it.
I read and re-read this book as a child until (and after) the cover fell off my paperback copy. I used this audiobook version to introduce it to my own son, who was also captivated by the story.
Someday I will go to Iceland and look upon the icy volcanic landscape that has existed in my imagination since I was a kid.
Tim does a wonderful job portraying this epic story.
Other science fiction classics from the time period.
A wonderful performance.
Yes - I listed to this book as I went to and from work. really helped pass the time. The Narration was well done and kept my interest throughout the reading.
The nephew - since I think most people could relate to his mode of responses.
No - Over a period of time while traveling in the car. To and from work
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