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.
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This is a very fun book and it is of no wonder that it has survived decades as a best read. It has it all; mystery, intrigue, suspence, sorrow, laughter, and even references of how to survive in a desolate situation. For those that like to learn something as they read rather than just the mystery of a story, this book is a must read.
Maybe. Jules Verne writing style is definitely from his time period and it was hard to keep interested. Slogged though it only because I never quit on anything.
TOO much scientific and botanical terms. I had no idea what kind of animal or plant he was describing.
Berny Clark's performance was the ONLY thing I actually liked. He's great and I would definitely listen to another book he reads.
Only that it is a classic and was on my bucket list.
You will discover that Jules Verne more than just inspired LOST he wrote it. Granted tv had to add to it to stretch it out over multiple seasons but it is Verne's story. Wonderful
Restless, relentless and rouge.
Wow. Great story of survival, grit and championing the wild. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
this review is a little dated only because I have listened to 3 books since I have listened to this one . but with that , this will be an honest review.
I enjoyed this book . I listened to this book right after I listened to the Martian.,also a great book .
similar in a way that man will fight to survive no matter what obstacles
this book was enjoyable because , lets be honest, what's not to like about being stranded on an island.
they create a semi-modern life for themselves considering it was civil war era.
the only thing that had me off about the book was the engineer , he could do no wrong in the eyes of his ...worshipers, I mean island mates or fellow balloon wreck-ees . whatever you want to call them .
but, that was just a slight annoyance
I do not regret this book , and I will be listening again someday
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.
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