Also known as The Underground City or The Child of the Cavern. From George Munro's Seaside Library, touted as " the only unabridged library edition published," this 1877 classic presents an intriguing quest set deep in the dark coal mines of Scotland. A subterranean city struggles with fossil fuel depletion, tormenting highland spirits, threatening explosive gases, and a lurking, hidden evil presence. The old miner Simon Ford, his wife Madge and son Harry, along with the engineer James Starr, venture into the mysterious labyrinths and discover something much more than coal.
Public Domain (P)2010 Noel Gibilaro
Verne is my favorite author and I, without thinking, purchased this audiobook without listening to a sample of the narrator. I haven't found this story in print so I was excited to "read" it for the first time. Until I heard Noel Gibilaro's voice. He puts emphasis on random words in sentences rather than where one would normally place emphasis. On other words he enunciates each syllable and slooowly which annoyed me greatly. I recommend the story but if you can find another recording or perhaps the written work, I recommend you go that route instead.
Special Collections Librarian at the Marion H. Skidmore Library, Digital Director of The Skeptiseum, co-host of The Thirteenth Four podcast.
Restarted this book several times before finally plunging into it. I found it difficult to keep interested in, there were definitely parts that kept my interest more than others, though, and I found myself trudging though the book in the hopes of finding more interesting parts. At least the ending was tidy.
I love Verne and thoroughly enjoyed this rare Verne work from beginning to end and couldn't put it down. The narrator did a great job and held my ear to the very end. I would recommend this to anyone. I'm only sorry to say I couldn't have given it 6 stars-
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