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Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. One of Verne's most acclaimed works.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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narration is BAD

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have loved this story since childhood and looked forward to listening to it - unfortunately, the experience is rather painful.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the nonchalance of the whole and the subtle humor.

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

The voice itself is pleasant but the manner - it is quite bad. Stilted, broken, pompous, with strange accents and even more strange pauses - it seems the narrator just learned to read about 25 minutes ago and this is the very first book he ever reads aloud.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Around the World in 80 Days?

I'd change the narrator.

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Cannot listen to this...

Why is this narrator so choppy? Always breaking in the wrong spots... No flow to the reading... I cannot finish such a great book read to me like this...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Garbled Audio

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator has a great voice, but his repeated and terrible mispronunciation of "monsieur" made me wince every time.

Any additional comments?

I know that this audio book was bargain-priced, but it ended up being worthless, because the audio is completely garbled/unintelligible beginning in Chapter 5.

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Nifty story - horrible narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Absolutely. His delivery was stilted with unnatural phrasing. He paused at odd times, sometimes changing the meaning of the sentence. The non-English accents that he attempted were atrocious, leaving any Chinese, Japanese, Indian, or French character sounding like a somewhat demented Latin American with odd phrasing. It took me at least 4 of the 7 hours of the book to get past the bad narration, and immerse myself in the story.

Was Around the World in 80 Days worth the listening time?

In general, yes. While I grew up knowing about the story, I didn't actually know the story, so I wanted to fill in some cultural blanks in my literary education. For that, it was worthwhile. It was a simple, linear plot that was easy enough to follow. I found the characters engaging, even though to a degree, they lacked depth. I could, all along, imagine this as a Disney movie.

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A Great Story - A Terrible Narration

What disappointed you about Around the World in 80 Days?

The performance was very choppy and extremely distracting. I could not continue with this volume.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is excellent and rightly considered a classic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

Someone who can read a sentence without pausing in inappropriate spots.

What character would you cut from Around the World in 80 Days?

none. The characters work perfectly.

Any additional comments?

Get another version of this classic story. One that you can actually sit through listening to. I could not do that with this performance.

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Atrocious narration.

Great story. Terrible narration. He sounds like a one-lunged marathoner. It was very annoying to listen to.

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awful narrator. like a robot.

Almost impossible to listen to. Narrator is robotic. The flow of sentences is really hard to follow.

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What A Treat

Very good story telling. A journey indeed. Very lively rendition. Get your passport and carpetbag ready.

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great book, mediocre reader

i enjoyed the book very much, but the reading was unpolished and awkward. i would suggest reading the book before your attempt at recording it.

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Excellent

I am very glad I read this classic book. The narration was excellent and it was a fun adventure.

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  • z00ey
  • 05-12-12

Beware; badly narrated

The narrator has an extraordinary technique of narrating half the sentence, then pausing, then finishing the sentence. This he does for EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE. I still haven't decided if this is due to a poorly taught (or poorly understood) narration technique, or if he's not just not very good at, y'know...reading.
Either way avoid, there are much better unabridged options for this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful