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Around the World in 80 Days Audiobook

Around the World in 80 Days

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let's face it: Jules Verne's book is pretty tedious in print. But I was in need of a listen for a family road trip, and was intrigued by what Jim Dale could do with Verne's "classic". To our pleasant surprise, my family and I were absolutely transported. Dale's brilliance takes what is essentially a lengthy travelogue and turns it into a glorious adventure. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

Combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time, Around the World in 80 Days gripped audiences upon its original publication and remains hugely popular to this day.

This recording includes an afterword written by Starr LaTronica, the Youth Services Manager of the Four Country Library System in Vestal, NY, and Tim Ditlow, Publisher of Listening Library, that explains the context of Jules Verne's cultural references since his story was crafted using the predominant opinions and biases of his time.

(P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Classic

What Members Say

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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 09-26-08
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 09-26-08
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    "Stupid Music"

    For the most part I like this audio book. The story is great and the narration is great. However, some "brilliant person" decided to put music behind the first part of every chapter. I absolutely HATE this part of the thing. It's distracting and completely unnecessary. While I'm driving and listening to the book, the music adds nothing and makes it harder to concentrate on listening while paying attention to traffic.

    I'd give this a better rating if not for the idiotic addition of pointless music.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Z. Esquig Northern Virginia 10-01-17
    Michael Z. Esquig Northern Virginia 10-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fabulous Adventure!"

    Great story! My children were at the edge of there seats with each adventure.

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    Amazon Customer 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An overall great book"

    I consider this to be a wonderful book for all ages. I listened to this on a long plane trip, and it kept me in the book alongside Passportou throughout the trip around the world. The ending thoroughly surprised me. Do NOT hesitate to listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HeartNote 07-13-17
    HeartNote 07-13-17
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    "Phenomenal presentation"

    With a bit of music, some sound effects, and a narrator that leaves you no doubt which character is speaking, this is a VERY enjoyable audio book! If I could give the narrator 10 stars, I would!!

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-17
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    "great story"

    I read the book a long time ago and liked it then. The audio adds to the experience and the narrator was excellent at capturing the different characters.

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    Warg 04-28-17
    Warg 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Totally worth every penny"

    If I could give this book and narration more stars, I would. The performance was entertaining and riveting. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next.

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    TiffanyD 04-25-17
    TiffanyD 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great version of the Michael Glencross translation"
    If you could sum up Around the World in 80 Days in three words, what would they be?

    Fast paced adventure story that is definitely a product of its time (plenty of racial and cultural stereotypes, although at times I felt that Verne was more progressive than his day). I was inspired to read it after becoming addicted to the video game "80 Days" and was pleased to find some elements I recognized from the game, while most was completely unfamiliar.


    Any additional comments?

    This production does include lots of sound effects and music so if you are a "purist" in audiobooks you might not like it. I found it fun--as long as the book is unabridged I am happy.

    What does NOT make me happy is how difficult Audible makes it to figure out which translation you get with a particular audiobook. This was my first Jules Verne novel but I read that early Jules Verne translations into English are terrible, and I have experienced the pain of a bad translation when reading other classic novels, I did some research and decided I would try for one of two recent-ish translations. But when I searched the nearly 20 versions available, none told me straight up which translation was used. So then I had even more research to do to figure that out for myself. Why make it so difficult for lovers of classic literature to get a readable modern translation?

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    caligirl 02-22-17
    caligirl 02-22-17
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    "THE best audiobook yet"
    What made the experience of listening to Around the World in 80 Days the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Dale made each of the characters come alive and the quality of the recording was excellent!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Passepartout!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Best audio book we've listened to thus far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spike 02-18-17
    Spike 02-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "awesomeness"

    love Jules Vern, he was so far beyond his time. Jim Dale is a great narrator maybe the best. production value on this book is really good

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    mfguido 02-02-17
    mfguido 02-02-17
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    "Jim Dale"

    Jim Dale can tell a story like no one else. If you're on the fence, go for it. This is a fun adventure and has something for everyone.

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