The Underground City, also known as The Black Indies, The Child of the Cavern, and other titles, is an adventure novel of the extraordinary by the French fabulist, Jules Verne. Set in Scotland in the Victorian age, the novel stars James Starr, a venerable member of the academy, who sets off to explore a long-closed mine in the middle of Scotland. What he finds there is shocking.
Performed in a grave, mysterious style by Jon Bolen, Starr’s journey reveals an entire family living far beneath daylight, deep in the abandoned mine. But his discoveries do not end there. Soon he finds beautiful homes, a fishing lake, young lovers, and presence that may be evil wrought pure. This audiobook is best enjoyed above the Earth’s surface.
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As a longtime Jules Verne fan, I was looking forward to this story. I was happy with the tale itself, although the narrative structure could have been more active. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the reader's lack of a decent Scots accent.
This was an enjoyable reading about a coal mine located near Edinburgh, Scotland. Having traveled extensively throughout Scotland, I was saddened to hear the narrator consistently mispronounce the word Edinburgh using instead the American rendering of Edinburg. Other than this mispronunciation, the story line proved to be most intriguing. I would recommend this book to others.
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