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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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    Amazon Customer 11-23-16
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    "From another time"

    A fascinating Victorian adventure with astounding vocabulary, this is enjoyable, if for no other reason than to be reminded that the marvels of the last century's science were once the science of fiction.

    One glaring flaw is that Verne obviously shared many of the racist views of his era, especially concerning people of African ancestry. Though the primary character--an engineer from the US Civil War--is a proud abolitionist, the only black character is a shallow stereotype and is his servant.

    Women are briefly mentioned, not actual characters, so little can be said about Verne's treatment of female characters from this book.

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    Besendorfer Books LLC 02-09-16 Member Since 2010
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    "My All Time Favorite Book!"

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

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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
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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!

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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.

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    jaron 09-09-17
    jaron 09-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story! The narration is on point."

    Penncroft the sailor is my favorite character. His lines and the voice of the narrator makes him very memorable!

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    judtin 08-31-17
    judtin 08-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Now I understand"

    Now I understand why this is a classic. How the hell did he predict cold fusion back in 1874? Splitting hydrogen and oxygen from water? crazy. He also totally plugged his earlier boom 20,000 leagues under the sea at the end of mysterious island. So read that one first maybe?

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    Nikki Walton 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What an adventure!"

    I knew from the beginning this book was a classic and expected it to be a good read none the less but I became enthralled in this book as if I were one of the castaways on this new world called Lincoln Island.
    Every problem seemed my own and all accomplishments became milestones while I read on in pure delight and relaxation.
    This book was read beautifully and at times sent me on a peaceful slumbered vacation to this magical island.
    I didn't want it to end and am saddened that it has.
    I hope my review will open listeners to more classic titles, in my eye they are the real jewels of imagination😀

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    john dudek COLUMBIA, CT, US 08-10-17
    john dudek COLUMBIA, CT, US 08-10-17
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    "Great book, holds you captive."

    The old writers are very descriptive in there style. They paint a very descriptive picture. Keeps you guessing what will happen next. I like the fact that it is a long book, but keeps your interest up with guessing what will happen next. Highly recommend this book. Well worth the listening. John

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