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Jules Verne has been plagued over the years by terrible translations into English; the trend has continued into the audiobook world, with most Verne audiobooks using translations that are inaccurate and awkward, and even worse, that abridge, rewrite, censor, or otherwise distort Verne's text.
This recording of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is a wonderful surprise. It uses the best possible translation among the current crop, the one by William Butcher, originally published by Oxford World's Classics. (How exciting it would be to find Butcher's three other Oxford Verne titles made available the same way!) Garard Green gives a great reading, expressing the different characters with energy and economy and suiting his voice to the circumstances. (During one of the scenes, where the subterranean explorers have run out of water, Green sounds like he's about to die of thirst himself.)
This is without question the best audiobook version of this title available.
I was unsure about this book when I first purchased it. I had never read this book, but as a kid I saw the 1959 film version with Pat Boone and James Mason. I'm glad to say that Jules Verne has a genius that was not captured in that film. The characters are very interesting and the intelligence displayed by them can only be written by a brilliant author. The story is very entertaining and filled with the science of the time that doesn't take long boring excursions into monologue such as in Moby Dick. This is excellent text is really brought out in the 5 star narration by Gerard Green who, thankfully, seems to have never seen the 1959 film. This is a great addition to any ones library and gets an A+ for family friendliness, good writing, and good reading.
I thought that the movie was better. Usually it is the other way around the book is great and the movie is just ok. I had never read this book and found it dull.
I know I loved this story as a child, and read it then. This narrator is so overdrawn I couldn't listen at all to it
Not sure what went wrong with this one but the audio quality on the enhanced version I downloaded was horrible. The book is great though.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
You have to get a Verne book every now and again for it puts mordern writing and scifi into perspective. The innocence of the reader protected forever in tales of wild imaginings. 20,000 Leagues is still a classic and so is Journey. One has to ask, if he ever found that elusive time machine, went forward to 2010, what would he have written? I hope he would have kept that innocence but, well I doubt it.
Great for nodding off to and returning or as a time-passer when you must walk the dog.
"Not great, but enjoyable"
This book is slower and less eventful than I had hoped. Of an 8 hour audiobook, it took 3 hours for the protagonists to get to the entrance of the Earth and from then on it gets much better. The tale of their descent is interesting enough, with plenty of incidents to keep ones interest. Unfortunately, the whole premise of heading deep into the Earth is now dated and it should be read with the historical knowledge of the time in mind. I must admit that even then, it did undermine my enjoyment of the book. The escape back to daylight was laughable and seemed to reflect the authors waning interest in continuing the story himself.
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