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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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    Elias G. Castro Guadalajara, Mexico 03-29-14
    Elias G. Castro Guadalajara, Mexico 03-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Elias G.

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    "Imagination excellency from the master Verne"
    Where does The Mysterious Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the second best audiobook I've listened to.


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

    Comparing it to Ender's Game, this book also makes the mind imagine ramifications of the story as it conserves a real athmosphere. The carachters are really great, they are full of carachteristics, they are smart, innocent and inventive.


    Any additional comments?

    With Verne you cannot go wrong.

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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-04-14
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2008

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have benefitted from a better producer, who would have caught mispronunciations.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jules Verne? Why or why not?

    Yes, Verne has a way of making science seem miraculous.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Berny Clark’s performances?

    No. I hate to criticize a narrator, as I could certainly do no better, but this book had more characters than Clark could easily differentiate. Also, he mispronounced a number of words, which immediately took me out of the narrative. For instance, instead of pronouncing "draught" as "draft," he says "drot."


    What character would you cut from The Mysterious Island?

    The boy, Herbert, is extraneous.


    Any additional comments?

    There are probably better translations, and a narrator adept at many voices would make this a better listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George 02-02-14
    George 02-02-14
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    "Wow! Great Sci Fi"

    A sequel to "20,000 Leagues..." the book postulates a long balloon ride from Libby Prison in Richmond (1865) to a south seas island. One character, an engineer, dominates/leads the others and they all create an idyllic life on a the island. Originally published in 1874, republished many times over, the amount of research to create pottery, nitroglycerine, build a boat, domesticate animals, etc., was amazing. The writing style also reflects the times as does the attitude toward slavery and class. As I missed the opportunity in high school, I'll read some more Jules Verne.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookoholics Anon 01-19-14 Listener Since 2009

    No Pink Ponies

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    "My favorite Jules Verne novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysterious Island to be better than the print version?

    The print version is very long. But some translations are better than others. This one is mediocre.


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

    The meeting of the colonists with the mysterious benefactor in the caverns of Lincoln Island. One of science fiction's great moments with one of science fiction's great characters.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good, except I disliked the reader's voice for Pencroft the sailor. It was annoying--the gruffness was a good idea, but the voicing was forced and positively irritating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This was one of my favorite books as a child. For some reason, however, the characters came alive more in the written version, especially Herbert, who seems less important in the spoken version. The end does make you cry a bit--it is bittersweet.


    Any additional comments?

    I still think this is one of Verne's best novels. In a way, it's a sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" which is perhaps a greater novel than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 01-18-14
    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 01-18-14 Member Since 2013

    Mom of 3 and a book lover.

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    "Jules Verne always my favorite classic!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was happy found the audio version and enjoyed it as if I read it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary College Station, TX, United States 10-11-13
    Mary College Station, TX, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mysterious, Imaginative and a Great read."

    The characters are thrown together during a hurricane and there begins their journey. They are creative, intelligent and men of integrity. Survival and daily needs must be conquered. They have an unseen benefactor who watches over them. It is such a great read, pick it up and see for your self

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    Virginia 10-09-13
    Virginia 10-09-13 Member Since 2010

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was soooo good. Jules Verne has always been and is continuing to be one of my favorite authors.


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

    The whole book was so consistent that is hard to pick a singular moment. Maybe it was when they found their mysterious benefactor and watching how Verne ties his books together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Creating Granite House


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

    Nothing, I loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    We have read a lot of Jules Verne in our home school class. Everything from Journey to the Center Of The Earth to 20,000 Leagues. But for some reason this one was my sons favorite and now mine too. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Berrill Goodwood, Ontario Canada 10-04-13
    Arthur Berrill Goodwood, Ontario Canada 10-04-13 Member Since 2013

    An avid, omnivorous but critical reader.

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    "A bit long winded but still interesting"
    What did you like best about The Mysterious Island? What did you like least?

    Perhaps I'm not quite as perceptive as other listeners but I was quite satisfied with the resolution of the mystery of the island. The glimpse into the behaviours found acceptable and the black and white (pun intended) view of the values of the age was fascinating at first but grew old as the novel progressed.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jules Verne before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first audible Jules Verne but I have read all of the others. This one seemed to me to be slower moving than the others.


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

    I haven't heard him before but I would certainly choose him again as a narrator.


    Could you see The Mysterious Island being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    For sure. Bruce Willis would have to be the sailor and I'd love to see Morgan Freeman as the captain. Given the values of the era, this would mix things up nicely in a modern version of the tale !


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting book, well narrated with a satisfactory mystery but perhaps an ideal candidate for an abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randolph Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 10-01-13
    Randolph Cocoa Beach, FL, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2005

    Live in Cocoa Beach Florida. Am a videographer and photographer.

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    "Great adventure story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend Mysterious Island to anyone who likes adventure stories. This book has mystery and excitement seldom found.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a fast moving story continuously presenting the unexpected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I very much enjoyed the scenes when the characters discovered and built their dwelling in side of the mountain.


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    Felicia 09-21-13
    Felicia 09-21-13

    Avid reader and audible listener. Usually the person recommending rather than following the yellow brick road to the fad of the moment

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    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Berny Clark?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the performance was so lacking I can't say whether I liked the story or not. I could only stand the performer for short periods, then I had to turn him off!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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