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Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry | [Jules Verne]

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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Rahul newark, NJ, United States 05-26-11
    Rahul newark, NJ, United States 05-26-11
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    "Great Listen"

    This was a great listen highly recommended. You will not be bored, every entertaining. A must listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Lansing, MI 05-14-11
    Chris Lansing, MI 05-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good read"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 03-28-11
    Diane 03-28-11
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    "Tim Curry is great but the story, well..."

    I bought this book because Tim Curry is just an awesome narrator. I really enjoy him. I also like historical fiction so even though I know the story I hadn't ever read it. Well, I was disappointed as it is really for a juvenile audience. I like something more complex and this isn't. It also drags often with dialogue and situations to where I felt there was just not much action at all! Worth listening to Tim Curry but just not interesting enough to keep me listening.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 08-17-11
    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bad"

    It was difficult to get going with this audible but not too bad really. A little different than the movie!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    N. Khazanov Saline, MI 02-20-15
    N. Khazanov Saline, MI 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Good, but you have to like British enunciation"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Jules Verne? Why or why not?

    Jules Verne is a great author, and this is just one of his many great books.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    The uncle - Lidenbrock - was appropriately exaggerated by Curry's voice.


    Was Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry worth the listening time?

    Yes. It's a classic book imbued with new life by the over-the-top character voice from Tim Curry.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Curry's voice exaggerated the already caricatured characters into a mad-scientist professor and a whimpering apprentice nephew, but the story itself gets a lift from the narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steph United States 04-09-13
    Steph United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OK"

    I wanted to like this so much more than I did. Tim Curry did a fantastic job but I had a hard time with the lack of character developement. The characters felt very one dimensional. I liked the science fiction and do not regret reading it as it is referenced in so much. It helps for the frame of reference, but I didn't really enjoy it. I also didn't hate it. Tim Curry's performance helped.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony G Lazaro 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable classic"

    It's Jules Verne. It's a classic and I won't say much about the story other than to say that everyone should be familiar with the classics, especially relatively short ones like this.
    Curry does an admirable job making the Icelandic/Nordic terms and names come through quite naturally. His performance is smooth and natural overall with emotions coming through just as if he were taking on the character of Axel-as-adult-narrator-looking-back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 07-18-12
    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Fun but Plodding"
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    I never realized how much Hollywood had tarted up the plot line of this classic. Tim Curry's reading saved it for me. I would never have made it through reading it myself.That being said, the language and writing style were an entertaining change.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LifetimeRoad 07-14-12
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    "Not for this generation"

    Considering the advanced scientific exploration of the earth and it's core, this book is not only unbelievable but quite boring.
    Tim Curry's narration just adds to the "yawn fest." Because it is a classic I don't feel right about giving it a two star rating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Richards Temecula, ca United States 05-01-12
    Toby Richards Temecula, ca United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Tim Curry?

    Tim Curry


    If you’ve listened to books by Jules Verne before, how does this one compare?

    I have not


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked Tim Curry's performance. His tones and inflections kept me interested in an otherwise book that I would have stopped listening to almost immediately.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I initially downloaded the book for my kids and myself because we were going to see their grandpa, which is about 20 hours drive time. I had previously seen the movie.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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