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The Mysterious Island Audiobook

The Mysterious Island

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This 19th-century adventure novel will delight Verne fans. As in other works by Verne the characters are ideal and the plot seems convenient rather than organic. Verne was not a scientist, but he was obsessed by all the scientific disciplines. Verne’s novels are full of magical inventions and pseudo-scientific rhetoric. In The Mysterious Island, five men and a pooch land their balloon on an exotic island. They undertake to learn the secret of the place. Narrator Berny Clark’s lively voice sings out the animated dialogue. His excited yet genteel tone makes the densely descriptive text sound lighter and less mannered. His voice sustains an energetic lilt throughout his performance of this lengthy and exhaustively sketched fiction.

Publisher's Summary

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece.

“Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive as they uncover the island’s secret.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Besendorfer Books LLC 02-09-16 Member Since 2010

    I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.

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    "My All Time Favorite Book!"

    What else can I say? I love Jules Verne and most especially The Mysterious Island.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hopkins California 07-25-14
    Hopkins California 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating, wonderful adventure novel"

    This is one of the best books I've listened to on Audible. The first couple of hours were a little slow but once the castaways began to build their civilization the book just took off. It's 19 hours long but don't let that put you off --- it's packed with action, mystery and humor. I found some of the later parts of the book quite touching and even a little sad.

    The length of the book and its 19th century language will mean it's not for everyone but since it's only $1 to buy it's definitely worth a try. Highly recommended.

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    Joanna D. USA 04-10-14
    Joanna D. USA 04-10-14 Member Since 2017
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    "My favorite Verne Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysterious Island to be better than the print version?

    I love this novel of Jules Verne. It's a long, detailed novel with much natural history and Verne's fascination with the technology of the times. The audio edition lets you focus on the drama and not get bogged into the details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cyrus Harding can do anything--even create nitroglycerin and forge iron and steel tools on an island where they didn't even have a penknife. How he solves the problems of being marooned on a Pacific island with practically nothing always makes for an exciting story.


    Have you listened to any of Berny Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard Berny Clark before but I love his performance--not keen on "Pencroft" and the gruff voice but other than that, I just love how he reads this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Five Men Against Nature --but their worst enemy is Man.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book so much, I listen to it before bed almost every night.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 04-05-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "Builds and builds to a great read!"
    Where does The Mysterious Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book securely among the top ten I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Mysterious Island to and why?

    I could easily compare this book to other classics like The Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth by the same author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I most enjoyed the "big reveal" towards the end. Honestly I did not see it coming though looking back I probably should have.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would not really use the word moved but I thought the cavern named Granite House was in my minds eye spectacular.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written back before instant gratification was the norm. Due to this expect a slow start that familiarizes and endears the reader to each character and truly makes one empathize with the whole crew. I love the execution and can honestly say I felt as if I were there on the island with them. Don't be surprised if in the reading you meet me there!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl 06-30-12
    Darryl 06-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't recommend it"

    I grew up reading Verne, 20,000 Leagues being an early favorite, but unfortunately, as important a figure as he may be in literature and scifi history, I don't think his writing holds up. I've revisited Verne a few times over recent years and though I love Nemo etc. I can't enjoy him now. His novels are, and it pains me to say it, better in an abridged version. This one in particular just goes on far too long and slowly and belabors events. And the narrator didn't help either, very slow and monotonous. I finished it, but I cheated and put the playback speed up to 2x.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Martin the Engineer 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Engineers are Awesome"
    Would you listen to The Mysterious Island again? Why?

    The engineer in the Mysterious Island is Jules Verne's version of Andy Weir's Mark Whatney. I loved how they both were inexhaustible sources of clever solutions.


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    DFK 04-12-17
    DFK 04-12-17

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    "In a way, Captain Nemo Redeems This Book"

    Only in a tangential way is this book a sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I enjoyed this book, but would not tell someone to put it on their bucket list. To some extent, it is like Robinson Crusoe, but there isn't much plot as far as the reason they end up on the island. It is somewhat like Pitcairn's Island, except the latter is based on a true story and has honest-to-goodness conflicts, human relationship problems, while in this story everyone gets along so well that it is not at all believable. No one is a slacker, no one is argumentative, no one challenges Harding (who I understand was really named "Smith" in the original). Interestingly, there is also never mention of a woman - not a mother who is missed, not a wife, lover, sister, nor do the men (except at one point at the very end when the whole purpose of bringing a wife would be to populate the place) ever mention wishing for female company (not that I am looking for objectification of women, as would often be the case in reality, but face it, even the song "There is Nothing Like a Dame" would be a more realistic picture). So Verne gets to show off his knowledge of science and engineering, and how someone very resourceful might be able to rig up all kinds of things on a desert island, and it's not that they don't face some adversaries to move the story along, but it doesn't have much depth. And then quite towards the end, Captain Nemo is revealed (which is not a surprise to anyone who knows ahead of time what this book is about, which is likely if you are checking out whether you should listen to a 19th century book). Without telling the readers of this review exactly what Captain Nemo's involvement is, let's just say he does some very positive things and what redeems this book is the question that he asks on his deathbed of Harding, after the details of Nemo's life are filled in: "now that you know my history, your judgment!”. Harding is very diplomatic. After all, without Nemo, they would not have survived. But (as anyone who read 20,000 Leagues knows), Nemo also caused the death of many people in sinking the frigate the Abraham Lincoln, and, certainly, there was a better way to deal with that situation. He was merciless. And this question is what redeems the book, because though Harding is diplomatic and replies wisely, each of us can consider whether Nemo is a hero or a villain, and consider a complex character like Nemo (as one might consider a complex character like Napoleon, who also might have wanted to bring enlightenment to countries that could use it, but was responsible for the deaths of so many in this endeavor - on a scale much larger than Nemo's, of course). The value of such a question is not just to consider how to judge others, but even more important, how to judge ourselves, how to set our own moral compass. The book has value for discussions of this nature. The completion of the narrative of Captain Nemo is valuable for this discussion - a character to refer to when trying to grapple with good and evil as embodied by a person.

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    42Cindy Florida 03-30-17
    42Cindy Florida 03-30-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was very long - split up into 3 books but worth every word of it. In fact I probably will listen to the whole story again. It's too bad Hollywood butchered it when they made a movie out of it.

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    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 03-23-17
    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 03-23-17

    cat lover

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    "Great Classic"

    Really enjoyed this book, very interesting and exciting. Kept me interested from beginning to end. Would highly recommend it.

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    Stephen C. Greeley 01-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful"

    Great story, excellent narration, fun characters, interesting events, nice tie in with 20000 leagues, has all the makings of the classic we expect. I highly reccomend this book.

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