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The Mysterious Island Audiobook

The Mysterious Island

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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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    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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    Franchesca Havas Seattle, Wa USA 11-02-16
    Franchesca Havas Seattle, Wa USA 11-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It was a grand story!"

    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.

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    valia 10-09-16
    valia 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Spellbinding"

    Excellent book. Keeps you engrossed. I bought more books by Jules Verne. It's a science fiction book.

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    C Montgomery 10-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best"

    Jules Verne's best novel by far. He got most of the science wrong but you can't hold a 19th century novelist to 21st century understanding.

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    Kevin Cleary Portland, OR USA 10-01-16
    Kevin Cleary Portland, OR USA 10-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!!!"

    Outstanding!!! Well read and delivered, and I'd highly recommend it to any fan of Jules Verne.

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    PTF_Sr 09-29-16
    PTF_Sr 09-29-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Berny Clark brought it to life"
    Would you listen to The Mysterious Island again? Why?

    Mr. Clark brought each character to life and made the listen so enjoyable. I will look for more from him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penncroft, human and a good sort.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    in the balloon


    Any additional comments?

    A classic and deservedly so.

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    W. D. Lurie Canada 08-22-16
    W. D. Lurie Canada 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Written by a genius! Fantastic novel."

    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.

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    Chad Roesti Houston, TX 07-15-16
    Chad Roesti Houston, TX 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "There's a reason why this is a classic"

    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

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    Auntie Reader 07-15-16
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    "Totally enthralling story"
    If you could sum up The Mysterious Island in three words, what would they be?

    Exiting, intriguing, addictive


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

    Like Swiss Family Robinson, but more focused on the science. The relationship between the characters is familial and supportive and inspiring.


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

    No, I haven't. Would love to try!


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

    No, it is too long for that, but I did listen in large time shares, say 45 minutes to an hour at a sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't believe I haven't read this before. Very underrated, should be mandatory reading along with Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe.

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    robert stephenson ii 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining and educational"

    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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