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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as it is a classic, but I could not make it to the end. Too much cave description, and whining by the narrator. Maybe one day I will finish it, but right now there are many other books to listen to in my library and on my wish list.
I did like Tim Curry as the reader. It took me a little while to get used to his accent, but after awhile I enjoyed him, and that is probably how I listened to over half of the story. He could differentiate voices between characters a little better- that is my only complaint about his style.
I purchased this title only to hear Tim Curry's narration. You can't deny he has a very distinctive voice - deep, smooth, classy. Because I'd seen him play various singing and acting roles (among them, uncountable viewings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as a teenager), I anticipated a lively performance. I'm afraid I was disappointed. The delivery was surprisingly flat. Admittedly, the tale includes very little dialogue, so there isn't much opportunity for Curry to display his skill at character creation. Overall, it was "okay." At a sale price, I'd say I did get my money's worth. After all, it's a classic piece of literature that I'd never got around to reading.
well read, jules verne, adventure
probably any other jules verne
Tim Curry added a great deal of intelligence, wit and drama to the tale. there are some potentially less interesting parts of the novel, such as the journey to (and around) Iceland, that he managed to maintain very well. Curry also did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
I did laugh, both in the description of the professor, as well as in the ongoing reluctance of the main character. There are some parts of the adventure that may have been harrowing for readers of the time, but are mostly amusing now. I remember being more engaged, excited by discovery, and probably even scared in places, as a kid of 8-11. The geological speculation is pretty sketchy, and hard to take seriously - but made up for by the fun of the ride.
While it isn't the best of Verne's novels, go for it. Curry does a great job. It isn't a modern day thrill-ride like Jurassic Park, but I doubt something like Jurassic Park could ever have been written without Verne's influence. I think H.G. Wells is much more imaginative, and probably a better writer - there's nothing like War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, Time Machine, etc.; Verne tried to stick more closely to what he thought could be scientifically possible. But still, these novels are absolutely wonderful, and captured the imagination of the day, as well as my own imagination as a child.
Tim Currys narration of this classic Jules Verne tale is timeless, delivered with pose and precision, class and style. It takes you right there and draws you into every part of the story. Verne would have loved this himself.
A must listen to all faithfuls to the classic or those in the mood for some pure escapism.
I enjoyed the book but it’s not an exciting story until the very end. It was interesting to hear the original story. I think the book ends too quickly, just as it starts to get good. The book creates a lot of opportunity for the story to go on but it just suddenly ends. I get the feeling Jules Verne didn’t know what to do once he opened up this exciting new world, so he just made an unbelievable exit.
I wouldn't recommend this book except to those who are familiar with other books by this author, or those who enjoyed this book as a child.
Tim Curry really knows how to read a story. By itself, it could be boring, but Tim brings the characters to life.
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It's a good adventure story that cute for the kids but a little too unrealistic for my liking. The narrator is good though and I really like the parts of the books about Iceland.
I am partial to Jules Verne and love all his works. This one is just as good as his others. Really takes you on a trip from the surface to the center and back again. How interesting is it walking through a cave? Well you just wait and find out! I will certainly be listening to this one again.
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