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 makes me wish that I had read it more carefully when I was young. Now that I am older and more experienced I understand more of its content than ever before.
This is the ultimate survivalist reading.
Mr. Clark brought each character to life and made the listen so enjoyable. I will look for more from him.
Penncroft, human and a good sort.
in the balloon
A classic and deservedly so.
Written over 144 years ago and it is one of my favorites. An adventure story I have listened to many times and will never tire of. Excellent narration.
Jules Verne is the father of science-fiction Set the age of the Civil War and written about the same time this is one of the first early versions of science-fiction writing.
Very good storyline and excellent detail of almost all portions of the book when describing the process is used for farming and scientific exploration and also when describing the island. Only issue I found is that some of the solution seems way too easy.
Very good book that none of the movie adaptations give justice
Exiting, intriguing, addictive
Like Swiss Family Robinson, but more focused on the science. The relationship between the characters is familial and supportive and inspiring.
No, I haven't. Would love to try!
No, it is too long for that, but I did listen in large time shares, say 45 minutes to an hour at a sitting.
Can't believe I haven't read this before. Very underrated, should be mandatory reading along with Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe.
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.
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