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Editorial Reviews

Noted geologist Professor Liedenbrock discovers a cryptic message hidden in the pages of an ancient volume purporting to show the way into the center of the earth. Liedenbrock determines to make this fantastic journey, insisting his 16-year-old nephew, Henry, accompany him. Tim Curry handles the verbal pyrotechnics of Verne’s classic adventure, capturing the sardonic wit and droll observations of 16-year-old Henry. Writing in 1864, when explorers such as Burton, Stanley, and Livingstone were charting the earth’s geography, Verne created the fantastical geography of the world below based on current scientific fact. With breathtaking surety, Curry’s performance takes listeners from Germany to Iceland to the bowels of the earth and back, providing humor and clarity.
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Publisher's Summary

Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of literature’s earliest works of science fiction. It vividly animates a fantastical subterranean world as an intrepid crew, led by the eccentric Otto Lidenbrock, traverses the planet’s core and its various bizarre obstacles: giant mushrooms and insects, a herd of mastodons, prehistoric humans, a treacherous pit of magma, and more.
Tim Curry, narrator of the customer favorite A Christmas Carol, returns for an encore performance that delivers a range of distinct character voices and captures the energy and enthusiasm of a time when scientific exploration was a brand new adventure.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ramon on 03-10-11

Feels like Jules Verne

With a classic like this one it all comes down to the narrator.
Tim Curry reads it as if Jules Verne is looking over his shoulder. His voice seems very appropriate to the book and its time period.
He is not particularly good at changing his tone for different characters and his female impersonations are far from flattering.
But in an odd way he seems to be perfect for a Jules Verne story.
Its absolutely worth getting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-18-16


You do have to take into account that this was written in 1864. I do have to wonder how many careers in science were started by the reading of this book. I found the enthusiasm and drive of the professor to be admirable. I love a story with passionate characters. There were times when the professor would lose sleep and work through the night and meals, he was so excited about what he was working.

Included in this story, besides a passionate professor, is an adventure to Iceland. We learn a lot about Iceland (skyr is even thicker than Greek Yogurt, my local grocery store provides it and I eat a quart a week.) Book has a lot of geology. Sure there are some silly scientific remarks, but they did not ruin the story. The book like usual is different from the movies. There is no Atlantis. If you want to get your feet wet with the Classics, this is a good place to start, especially since the narrator Tim Curry does such an excellent job.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 08-27-16

Whiled away a very long drive!

dad: the language was a bit dry
Sean (11): it was very interesting and I liked the mineral information
Lucy (10): very funny words. enjoyed the story but didn't understand it all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 11-22-15


I have enjoyed many Jules Verne books, they require a suspension of belief, but are good fun. However this one left me feeling slightly less than satisfied. Although if I were to say why, it would ruin the book for those new to it! Tim Curry was a very good narrator a,though could have put a bit more difference between the voices of Axel and his Uncle, as sometimes you weren't sure who was saying what.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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