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The Mysterious Island | [Jules Verne]

The Mysterious Island

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....
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Ryan 10-05-14
    Ryan 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Ending to 20000 leagues under the sea"
    Where does The Mysterious Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a awesome book. The mystery and a what happens next is present in this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finally know what happens to nemo


    What about Berny Clark’s performance did you like?

    A good reader and how he delivers the book


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

    Pretty close


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    Kyle 09-10-14
    Kyle 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about The Mysterious Island?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14
    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.

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    "Why in the Heck should you Care what I think!"
    Would you listen to The Mysterious Island again? Why?

    No, I heard it the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the dog.


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

    That voice in my wife's head.,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Global warming causes Submarine death.


    Any additional comments?

    Put down the PS4 and read the Master. This is the mind that the Gamers wish they had.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-03-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Do You Like All Your Glasses to be Half Full?.."

    Reminiscent of ROBINSON CRUSOE this is a buoyant tale of adventure that appeals to the young at heart. Set in the time of the American Civil War this is a fine example of 19th century fiction. Despite perilous circumstances—of first imprisonment and then castaway on a desert island, tossed by storm and threatened by pirates—our intrepid, if unwitting, colonists always look on the bright side of life, having boundless energy and unchained optimism. This feature somewhat dates this story before the turn of the previous century. The manner in which the characters take on each new challenge from a scientific posture lends me to categorize this as a Science Fiction story. It is entirely akin to early Sci-Fi tales where the reader could well expect lengthy explanations of imaginary technological advances interspersed throughout. Another element that would not be found in contemporary fiction is the unapologetic male perspective. None of the characters are female, and in fact, there is scant mention of the fairer sex anywhere in the book. I found this to be a story told in a straight-forward fashion that makes it easy to follow. You may let is wash over you like the waves on the beach of Lincoln Island. This novel is a worthy addition to Verne’s earlier work 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. It hearkens back to a more noble age, and gave me a taste of the sense of wonder I had reading as a child when simple exploration was sufficient to enthrall me.

    Benard Citero Clark gives a fine reading delivering this matter-of-fact story in a straight-forward fashion. He is capable of delivering unique character voices that add much to the enjoyment of this book. This novel is written from the perspective of a third-person omniscient narrator. Berny Clark has a voice that became transparent and allowed me to fully engage with the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hopkins California 07-25-14
    Hopkins California 07-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating, wonderful adventure novel"

    This is one of the best books I've listened to on Audible. The first couple of hours were a little slow but once the castaways began to build their civilization the book just took off. It's 19 hours long but don't let that put you off --- it's packed with action, mystery and humor. I found some of the later parts of the book quite touching and even a little sad.

    The length of the book and its 19th century language will mean it's not for everyone but since it's only $1 to buy it's definitely worth a try. Highly recommended.

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    Lorin 07-18-14
    Lorin 07-18-14
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    "Swiss family Robinson on steroids."
    Where does The Mysterious Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story by Jules Verne, but one that I was not aware of. It's like Swiss family Robinson on steroids.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young boy, who was somewhat of a naturalist and curious about everything, and soaking up the experience of their misfortune.


    What about Berny Clark’s performance did you like?

    He did a superb job at defining each character and his voice.


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

    I'm not that sort of a reader. I prefer to listen to it in installments it is very easy to pick up on it again and continue with the story.


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    Natalie D 06-04-14
    Natalie D 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Similar to 20,000 leagues"

    This book is very similar to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Personalities from that previous book can be found in here, as well as many of the interpersonal dynamics. It is interesting to see the descriptions of what the characters were able to accomplish on the Island. All in all, I prefer this book to 20,000 Leagues. I found 20,000 much more tedious although that book probably would have delighted me if I had lived in an earlier age without easy access to nature documentaries. The narrator does a good job and he is very clear in his diction. I was able to listen to this book at 3X speed with no issues.

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    Scott Hill 06-03-14
    Scott Hill 06-03-14

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "Liked it better that 20K Leagues..."
    What did you love best about The Mysterious Island?

    The mystery made you want to get to the end of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jup... Just joking... Proffessor Harding


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

    He was a better than average reader.


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

    Not necessarily...


    Any additional comments?

    I did figure out the mystery before the reveal at the end of the book, but did not ruin the experience. If you liked 20K Leagues Under the Sea, you may like this better...

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    LifetimeRoad Deep South 05-24-14
    LifetimeRoad Deep South 05-24-14
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    "One of the most boring classics I've read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It definitely drags.


    Has The Mysterious Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Berny Clark?

    Depends on the book.


    Did The Mysterious Island inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Few classics move slower than this one for me. Narrator Benny Clark's portrayal of the various charcters was poor.

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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 04-05-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "Builds and builds to a great read!"
    Where does The Mysterious Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book securely among the top ten I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Mysterious Island to and why?

    I could easily compare this book to other classics like The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth by the same author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I most enjoyed the "big reveal" towards the end. Honestly I did not see it coming though looking back I probably should have.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would not really use the word moved but I thought the cavern named Granite House was in my minds eye spectacular.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written back before instant gratification was the norm. Due to this expect a slow start that familiarizes and endears the reader to each character and truly makes one empathize with the whole crew. I love the execution and can honestly say I felt as if I were there on the island with them. Don't be surprised if in the reading you meet me there!

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