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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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.
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.
Their travels to the volcano.
"The Journey - to the center of the Earth, a marvelous discovery"
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!
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.
Tim Curry was fantastic from the whimpering Axel to the bombastic Professor Lidenbrock, a most excellent story teller.
I loved this book when I read it and I loved it even more being read to me
road show junkie
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!
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?
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.
Journey into the psyche of the Journey to the Center of the Earth!
Outstanding - will listen to again and again!
Yes. It was delightfully delivered.
Tim Curry injected just the right amount of incredulity and wry conservatism into the first-person narrative.
I was charmed.
I'd never read the book, but now when I do, it'll be Curry's voice in my head.
Inflection, lovely pronunciation of all the languages.
MMM . . . not really.
I hope Curry reads more. I usually choose for reader first, then author, then story.
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
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.
Curry, yes; Verne, no.
Heavens no! Although I won't purchase another Verne novel.
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.
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.
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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