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The Mysterious Island Audiobook

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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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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    Kyle 09-10-14
    Kyle 09-10-14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2013

    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 2014
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LifetimeRoad 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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    Joanna Daneman USA 04-10-14
    Joanna Daneman USA 04-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite Verne Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysterious Island to be better than the print version?

    I love this novel of Jules Verne. It's a long, detailed novel with much natural history and Verne's fascination with the technology of the times. The audio edition lets you focus on the drama and not get bogged into the details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cyrus Harding can do anything--even create nitroglycerin and forge iron and steel tools on an island where they didn't even have a penknife. How he solves the problems of being marooned on a Pacific island with practically nothing always makes for an exciting story.


    Have you listened to any of Berny Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard Berny Clark before but I love his performance--not keen on "Pencroft" and the gruff voice but other than that, I just love how he reads this book.


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

    Five Men Against Nature --but their worst enemy is Man.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book so much, I listen to it before bed almost every night.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Main Beach, Australia 04-08-14
    Susan Main Beach, Australia 04-08-14
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    "The brilliance of Jules Verne"

    This is a wonderful insight into the brilliance of a man able to imagine things well before his time. The way he combines his knowledge of the natural world and invent the life preserving world that makes up the mysterious island shows a genius that is well worth listening to.

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    "in the words of Pencroft, Hoorah!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes and yes again, I loved this book and couldn't put it down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mysterious Island?

    Any thing involving pencroft and food!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Try it, you'll love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
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    "Brilliant"

    Some very interesting practical solutions expressed in this story, of how to survive in those circumstances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Homa
    6/30/15
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    "Capital!"

    Fantastic story and narration, the kind of book that makes you want to hear more of it once you reach the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Botty
    1/16/15
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    "I am delighted"

    I read the book immediately after I finished 20 000 leagues below the sea, and I found the same narrative style as well as similarities between the characters.
    If you enjoyed the previous book this one is a must read.
    The narrator is just perfect, impersonating each character, and trying to dramatise at the climax moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
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    "Great"

    Really good book couldn’t stop listening to it, it would keep me up all night

    Narrator really makes the book come alive

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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