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Editorial Reviews

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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  • 01-03-17

Enjoyable

Enjoyed listening to this book as I traveled 26 hours to Colorado from South Carolina and back.

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Well written classic

Mysterious island reminds me of the book Hatchet written 100 years before. Castaways survive on an island through their ingenuity with plentiful description of how they make things livable. How they grow crops, make a home, raise animals, and even harness electricity to a certain degree. My only criticism with it is that sometimes the description of their invention is too much. Some parts would make a good survivalist guide by themselves. Overall I enjoyed it.

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very boring!!!

I wasn't able to finish listening to the book. I couldn't get past how easy it was for these stranded guys to make a kiln, bricks, explosives, etc. Also, there was way too much description on the science of how all these awe-inspiring tasks were done.
I respect that this was written in a different era, but just didn't enjoy it. I imagine that if it was written now and published very few would find it acceptable.

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Revival of my youth.

I read Jules Verne when I was 14 and loved it. Now listening the story again I was carried 50 years back.

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  • 11-24-16

Oldie but goodie

A great story full of suspense The story is written the way of a book you would expect of its age but the characters are great.

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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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Awesome Classic!

I have taken it upon myself to read most notable classics. I loved this adventure. Loved all the characters and especially thrilled by the ending. So glad I ordered!

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It was a grand story!

This makes me wish that I had read it more carefully when I was young. Now that I am older and more experienced I understand more of its content than ever before.
This is the ultimate survivalist reading.

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Spellbinding

Excellent book. Keeps you engrossed. I bought more books by Jules Verne. It's a science fiction book.

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The Best

Jules Verne's best novel by far. He got most of the science wrong but you can't hold a 19th century novelist to 21st century understanding.