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Publisher's Summary

Jule's Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction classic. Volcanic tubes bring intrepid travelers toward the center of the Earth, where they encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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Very good!

The story is entertaining, and the narration is very good. I strongly recommend this book.

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Good narrator!

I did get a bit bored at times with the atory itself. The narration, however, was well done and easy to listen to.

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really enjoyed this

Excellent reading of a great classic! Easy to listen to. Made my travel time fly by

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  • Kevin
  • Wyoming, Michigan, United States
  • 01-07-14

Great story but poor narration.

Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Peter Batchelor?

I have read and enjoyed many books by Jules Verne and I would love to read more of his writing.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was captivating and I enjoyed the main character's uncle.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice was difficult hear and understand, further there were some moments when I could hear the narrator cough.

Do you think A Journey to the Center of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It would be nice if the author was not dead... and in the center of the earth.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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the reader can sound distant, but overall good

loved the story, only complaint is the inconsistent distance and quality of the reader. all the same a splendid voice though

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Fantastic...

What a fantastic story, and an excellent reader..Verne is absolutely the best...Try it, you'll be glad that you did.

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great book

the narration wasn't that great. kinda difficult to hear clearly. but the price was good.

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Classic science fiction

The science in this book is a little dated and tired, the book would have been better abridged for the modern reader. If you like 1800 flourish this is the book for you. I think Jules was trying to prove how smart he was. Still enjoyable if you let your imagination go.

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Are We There Yet?

Fun adventure! However I think the narrative must have had a bigger impact when it was written in 1864 than it can have now in the age of TV and Special Effects. The imagery must have seemed more fanciful and impressed the reader much more back then than it possibly could do in the present day, still; I enjoyed the story enough to want to read more of Jules Verne’s works.

I was most particularly entertained by Axel’s character. I liked his attitude, his almost comedic interactions with his uncle and his slightly dry or stuffy personality, but his journey felt a little tedious at times. Yes, I know the book is about the journey but some passages describing the strange and wonderful new world they were discovering bored me. I just wanted them to get there already!!

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Great story, not very great performance

What did you like best about A Journey to the Center of the Earth? What did you like least?

The story was really good. The story is about Axel who is pressured into a dangerous journey to the center of the Earth by his uncle and mentor, Professor Lidenbrock. The story progresses very fast, and has many really short chapters. The characters are very interesting, and the book explains a lot of science to educate the reader about the danger of their situation. On the other hand, they do make some serious scientific oversights, which can be expected in a book like this.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Personally, I liked Hans. He almost never spoke, but was fiercely loyal to the mission, and saves the party's lives multiple times.

What didn’t you like about Peter Batchelor’s performance?

The performance makes this book very hard to follow. The talent is there, and the voice acting makes the characters sound unique, but the quality of the recording is very poor. This is the only book in my library currently that is too difficult to hear while driving, just due to the ambient sounds of the highway. I don't have this problem with other books. The enunciation also makes some words hard to understand, even with the volume up to very loud levels. If it's available, I recommend getting a better performed version of this book.

Could you see A Journey to the Center of the Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can absolutely see this being made into a movie, but I don't think I can come up with a good list of cast.

Any additional comments?

None.

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  • Flora Poste
  • 03-05-17

Serves me right!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I should have listened to the sample of this audio book before buying it. Verne can be pretty creaky, as the styles and concerns of fiction of the nineteenth century grate against contemporary taste. A good reader however, can ameliorate any clunkiness, but this recording doesn't have a good reader. This gentleman reads as if he's just been woken from a deep sleep and does not serve Verne's prose well.

What was most disappointing about Jules Verne’s story?

Prolixity!

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Batchelor’s performances?

No thank you

2 of 2 people found this review helpful