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.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
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.
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.
This is a great story by Jules Verne, but one that I was not aware of. It's like Swiss family Robinson on steroids.
The young boy, who was somewhat of a naturalist and curious about everything, and soaking up the experience of their misfortune.
He did a superb job at defining each character and his voice.
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.
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.
I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.
The mystery made you want to get to the end of the book.
Jup... Just joking... Proffessor Harding
He was a better than average reader.
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...
No. It definitely drags.
Depends on the book.
Few classics move slower than this one for me. Narrator Benny Clark's portrayal of the various charcters was poor.
This is the second best audiobook I've listened to.
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.
With Verne you cannot go wrong.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
This book could have benefitted from a better producer, who would have caught mispronunciations.
Yes, Verne has a way of making science seem miraculous.
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."
The boy, Herbert, is extraneous.
There are probably better translations, and a narrator adept at many voices would make this a better listen.
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.
No Pink Ponies
The print version is very long. But some translations are better than others. This one is mediocre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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