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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

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.
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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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    Classic tale by a classic author read by a great narrator.How can you go wrong?

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    Wayne Chesapeake Beach, MD, United States 01-24-13
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    What did you love best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    For everyone who read Jules Vern when we had real bound books the audio version is a treat for the ears as the book was for the eyes. Tim Curry's voice was superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I forgot how much the character Hans differed in the movie vs the book. Wow the book's character Hans saved the day and truly made the the novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Their travels to the volcano.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The Journey - to the center of the Earth, a marvelous discovery"


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    Stan R. New Haven, Ct 01-07-13
    Stan R. New Haven, Ct 01-07-13
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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    I am re-visiting several of my favorite classic stories. I have always enjoyed Jules Verne. I thought the presentation was good, and really enjoyed the story. Thank you Audible!

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    Jennifer 01-02-13
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    "I love Tim Curry"
    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?

    Seriously one of the best Sci-Fi out there, okay so not only is Time Curry such an excellent story teller but the story to be told was just fantastic. I think this is one of Jules Vernes greatest, what an imagination he really paints a scene. I loved this so much I listened to it twice.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry was fantastic from the whimpering Axel to the bombastic Professor Lidenbrock, a most excellent story teller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved this book when I read it and I loved it even more being read to me


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    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 01-02-13
    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 01-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Journey Along On An Amazing Experience!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    This is actually the only version other than the screen exploits of this particulat novel that I have read - and honestly, anything is better being read to you!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Professor - he had backbone, imagination and gumption. His nephew was another - how come no one ever asks what character would you like to have omitted from a story for wimpyness?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The visual details of the Center of the earth - so much better left to one's own interpretation than computer generated from some one else's imagination.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Journey into the psyche of the Journey to the Center of the Earth!


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding - will listen to again and again!

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    Michele Bousquet New Orleans, LA United States 12-30-12
    Michele Bousquet New Orleans, LA United States 12-30-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Charming performance by Tim Curry"
    Would you listen to Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry again? Why?

    Yes. It was delightfully delivered.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry injected just the right amount of incredulity and wry conservatism into the first-person narrative.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was charmed.


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    Lorraine Poirier 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Breathtaking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    I'd never read the book, but now when I do, it'll be Curry's voice in my head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions.


    What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection, lovely pronunciation of all the languages.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    MMM . . . not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Curry reads more. I usually choose for reader first, then author, then story.

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    Mark Springfield, MO, United States 12-11-12
    Mark Springfield, MO, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GLad I got the audiobook for this one."
    What did you love best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    I enjoyed the story however the language and names would have been a challenge reading the book. Listening to the book allowed this aspect to not be an issue. Tim Curry did an excellent job of distinguisihing the characters voices. I also love him in the reading of Dracula


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    Amazon Customer 11-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Journey to the 19th Century"

    This book may not be for everyone.I enjoyed it because it gives you a glimpse of another era.Jules Verne in his day was cutting edge.
    His ideas and premises were true SCIENCE fiction in that the premises in his books are well researched scientific"what ifs".
    Journey to the Center of the Earth's premise is basically "What if the Center of the earth does NOT have a molten core".The story basically is a narration of how a 19th century
    Explorer/Scientist[Verne calls them Savants],accompanied by his nephew and a Nordic
    "hunter"skilled in living off the land make their journey.
    It is slower paced than more contemporary books written today and bears only a passing resemblance to the Hollywood movie versions. Geology was never my strong point
    but there is plenty of it to support the story.

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    Barbara 11-12-12
    Barbara 11-12-12
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    "True Verne fans will love it, thanks to Curry!"
    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Tim Curry?

    Curry, yes; Verne, no.


    Has Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Heavens no! Although I won't purchase another Verne novel.


    What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Curry's elocution is perfect, his dramatization remarkable! I would have stopped reading the book after the first three chapters had it not been for Curry. Verne is a boring writer; his descriptive passages are too long.


    Did Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry inspire you to do anything?

    Curry reads this book at a somewhat slower than normal pace, which can be helpful if one has trouble with accents or just likes a bit more time to proccess the spoken word. Curry's destinctive and highly entertaining voice inspired me to NOT press the STOP button on my MP3 player after Chapter 3.


    Any additional comments?

    Be warned: the 1959 movie Journey To The Center of The Earth, starring James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl is based VERY loosely on Verne's novel. You'll be very disappointed if you expect this audio book to be a dramatization of the movie.

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