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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

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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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    Victor Apple Valley, CA, United States 01-23-14
    Victor Apple Valley, CA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A journey into your mind!"
    If you could sum up Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    The writer paints the picture in exquisite detail. You will see all of it and follow the narrators caricature wonderfully


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All were great!


    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is superb. I picked the book in great part due to his narration.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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)

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    Michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 01-12-14
    Michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    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?

    Journey to the center of the earth - the book was interesting and entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was good to listen to in one sitting


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    Lindalovesbooks 12-19-13

    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.

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    "A Stunning rendering of a fabulous classic"
    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?

    Yes. The nuances of this master craftsman's voice added immeasurably to the pleasure of
    a much loved book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a classic. Written before we became so jaded. It is simple, imaginative and hugely entertaining.


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

    He brings expression to the old fashioned language of the era which can become a bit stilted to our modern way of expressing ourselves.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-13 Member Since 2016

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Fantasy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I think it's a mediocre ending. The story wraps up abruptly.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I enjoyed his performance though.


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

    I did see an old version of it.


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    webmercator Abingdon, VA 09-02-13
    webmercator Abingdon, VA 09-02-13

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    "Stands the test of time; a classic"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Someday I will go to Iceland and look upon the icy volcanic landscape that has existed in my imagination since I was a kid.

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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "One of those classics you've got to read/ hear"
    If you could sum up Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    Tim does a wonderful job portraying this epic story.


    What other book might you compare Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to and why?

    Other science fiction classics from the time period.


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

    A wonderful performance.


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    Timothy P. Jones PA 03-11-13
    Timothy P. Jones PA 03-11-13

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    "Very Satisfied Listener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The nephew - since I think most people could relate to his mode of responses.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - Over a period of time while traveling in the car. To and from work


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    Micheal Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-04-13
    Micheal Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-04-13
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    "Before his Time"
    What did you love best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    Immersed me into the book completely, and I couldnt ask for anything more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a masterpiece of literature and adventure!


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

    As an auditory learner, I get much more out of hearring it articulated by a wordsmith like Mr Curry.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did nto plan to listen to it in one sitting, and thus I did not. but It was my good fortune that I was able to easily pick up where i left off with a simple click, and I found I lost no place in the story and did not need to back up and re-read the page before as I do when i leave a book. I simply continued on to my enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you,
    if you do any other Jules Verne please let me know, I have listened to other Readers and find their pauses to be lengthey and the chapter pauses unbarably long. the puases you use are consice and perfect to their timing and requirments.- Micheal S.

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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-09-13
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "very entertaining"
    What did you love best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    I loved the accent and felt drawn in


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At first I was not a fan, but after 1 to 2 hours I couldn't wait to go for long walks and lose myself on this journey


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a scientist, but enjoyed listening to what people thought about science of the earth years ago.

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    John 02-05-13
    John 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun to listen to the classics"

    Classic tale by a classic author read by a great narrator.How can you go wrong?

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