This 19th-century adventure novel will delight Verne fans. As in other works by Verne the characters are ideal and the plot seems convenient rather than organic. Verne was not a scientist, but he was obsessed by all the scientific disciplines. Verne’s novels are full of magical inventions and pseudo-scientific rhetoric. In The Mysterious Island, five men and a pooch land their balloon on an exotic island. They undertake to learn the secret of the place. Narrator Berny Clark’s lively voice sings out the animated dialogue. His excited yet genteel tone makes the densely descriptive text sound lighter and less mannered. His voice sustains an energetic lilt throughout his performance of this lengthy and exhaustively sketched fiction.
Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece.
“Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive as they uncover the island’s secret.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The story and performance were very good, but the translation was mediocre at best, not exercising the beauty of the language and somewhat dry. Recommend to try another translation.
The most interesting thing about this book is that it is an adventure speckled in between a survival guide, and an biology textbook. Every process the islanders do is described in extreme detail, from making bricks to collecting plants. Every piece of vegetation on the island is listed, class, order, species, its use, etc to the point that I would almost nod off, and then in stark contrast, something strange or frightening would happen on the island and little to no explanation would be offered, leaving you begging for more.
This pattern of dullness followed by mystery would continue through the entire book. It was an interesting experience, similar to drifting off to sleep, only to be awakened by an unexplained bump in the night. I've never had this kind of emotional experience from a book before, and would highly recommend it.
This is easily my favorite Jules Verne novel. A great story about 5 castaways using the technology of their time to truly "turn lemons into lemonade."
Full of adventure with some mystery on the side. No fan of the classics should miss it!
Although other listeners seemed to have like the narration, I found it distractingly monotonous. The character voices were weak and unconvincing as well.
The plot could have been a fun relaxing listen, because you understand from the beginning that no matter what treachery occurs, somehow everything will turn out just fine. But, the idealized characters lack depth, their interactions lack real substance, and there is never any mention whatsoever of women and how the presence of women on the island may have improved the situation considerably, especially for the long-term colonization of the beloved island.
With its themes of cooperation, hard work, using science and resources to make whatever you need, this book may be a good fit for some pre-teen boys. Outside of this audience, I cannot recommend it. Young girls would notice the conspicuous absence of female characters, and adults would be quickly bored with the saccharine story.
I had never read the book before, listening was a great way to experience this story.
The occasional mispronounced word was amusing, overall good performance.
Obviously the ending.
Made me want to go back and read Verne, 20000 leagues under the sea again.
It's a awesome book. The mystery and a what happens next is present in this book
Finally know what happens to nemo
A good reader and how he delivers the book
Cyrus Harding was my favorite character. Just the idea that such a man had that much knowledge of so many different topics that he was able to guide the rest of the colonists in recreating a new society of a kind.
did a very good job, Half way through my iPhone died and had to get a blackberry so I also had to get a different audiobook. The other guy didnt cut it.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.