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The Mysterious Island Audiobook

The Mysterious Island

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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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Darryl 06-30-12
    Darryl 06-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't recommend it"

    I grew up reading Verne, 20,000 Leagues being an early favorite, but unfortunately, as important a figure as he may be in literature and scifi history, I don't think his writing holds up. I've revisited Verne a few times over recent years and though I love Nemo etc. I can't enjoy him now. His novels are, and it pains me to say it, better in an abridged version. This one in particular just goes on far too long and slowly and belabors events. And the narrator didn't help either, very slow and monotonous. I finished it, but I cheated and put the playback speed up to 2x.

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    Amazon Customer 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My ten year old son and I loved this book!"

    My ten year old son and I listened to the full 19 hours! Our first audio book; we loved it. Especially the latter half. I found the reader easy to listen to and enjoyable as the story can be extremely descriptive and scientific at times. We can't wait to start another Jules Vern.

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    DR 01-03-17
    DR 01-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable"

    Enjoyed listening to this book as I traveled 26 hours to Colorado from South Carolina and back.

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    Jacob 12-23-16
    Jacob 12-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Incredible"

    The level of effort and research that Jules Verne poured into this book leaves the reader craving much more than what most modern books offer. I haven't been this entertained with a book for a very long time. Wonderful performance and an edge-of-your-seat story, with a satisfying ending. I would highly recommend this book to any and all.

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    S. Mollinet Layton, Utah USA 12-20-16
    S. Mollinet Layton, Utah USA 12-20-16
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    "Well written classic"

    Mysterious island reminds me of the book Hatchet written 100 years before. Castaways survive on an island through their ingenuity with plentiful description of how they make things livable. How they grow crops, make a home, raise animals, and even harness electricity to a certain degree. My only criticism with it is that sometimes the description of their invention is too much. Some parts would make a good survivalist guide by themselves. Overall I enjoyed it.

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    gretel1006 12-04-16
    gretel1006 12-04-16
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    "very boring!!!"

    I wasn't able to finish listening to the book. I couldn't get past how easy it was for these stranded guys to make a kiln, bricks, explosives, etc. Also, there was way too much description on the science of how all these awe-inspiring tasks were done.
    I respect that this was written in a different era, but just didn't enjoy it. I imagine that if it was written now and published very few would find it acceptable.

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    Amazon Customer Sao Paulo Brazil 11-29-16
    Amazon Customer Sao Paulo Brazil 11-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Revival of my youth."

    I read Jules Verne when I was 14 and loved it. Now listening the story again I was carried 50 years back.

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    Rk 11-24-16
    Rk 11-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Oldie but goodie "

    A great story full of suspense The story is written the way of a book you would expect of its age but the characters are great.

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    "From another time"

    A fascinating Victorian adventure with astounding vocabulary, this is enjoyable, if for no other reason than to be reminded that the marvels of the last century's science were once the science of fiction.

    One glaring flaw is that Verne obviously shared many of the racist views of his era, especially concerning people of African ancestry. Though the primary character--an engineer from the US Civil War--is a proud abolitionist, the only black character is a shallow stereotype and is his servant.

    Women are briefly mentioned, not actual characters, so little can be said about Verne's treatment of female characters from this book.

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    lisam 11-20-16
    lisam 11-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome Classic!"

    I have taken it upon myself to read most notable classics. I loved this adventure. Loved all the characters and especially thrilled by the ending. So glad I ordered!

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