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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.
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By Gary on 05-03-05
Fabulous narration for Verne Classic
I have other versions of Around in the World in 80 Days from Audible and all are very good to excellent narrations, but Jim Dale's narration is the best by far! What an audiobook!
The production also enhances Mr. Dale's performance with very subtle moments of background music or locomotives that enhance the narration yet maintain this audiobook in its pure narrative form. Dale's characterizations are excellent and consistent.
Since listening to this version, I have searched for other audiobooks by Mr. Dale as well as other book productions by Listening Library and look forward to listening to these as well, so impressed was I by this version.
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By Everett Leiter on 09-14-05
What a fun, escapist read (or listen) this is! The plot moves along breathtakingly. Jim Dale's narration was superb. I think that much credit should go to this particular translation into English from the original French. I compared some passages from this audio version with an e-book (in print) that was done by another translator. While the literal sense was the same, the language and nuance of this audio translation struck me as far superior.
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