The Mysterious Island

  • by Jules Verne
  • Narrated by David McCallion
  • 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like many Jules Verne classics, The Mysterious Island takes you on an unforgettable journey of adventure and reflection. During the American Civil War, a group of Union soldiers escape their confederate captors when they steal a balloon. What they didn't anticipate is the violent storm that awaits them and leads them into uncharted territory.
When the storm-damaged balloon crashes, the men are marooned on a desert island. While awaiting rescue, the soldiers must work together to stay alive by making use of their survival skills and taking advantage of the vast resources on the island. Eventually, the men make the island into a home away from home, naming it Lincoln Island, after President Lincoln.
All is well until the group discovers a box of guns and ammunition that shouldn't be there. They begin to suspect the mysterious island may have its own secrets. Can the men survive long enough to be rescued off the island?


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One of Jules Verne’s Best

The Mysterious Island is the book that got me hooked on scientific adventures long ago. I read this as a kid and decided to reread it again as an adult. There are several aspects of this story that make it a must-read for children and adults alike.

The Mysterious Island is a fantastic sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, following the story of four Confederate POW prisoners who escape and become castaways when they crash land on an island. It tells of their quest for survival on the mysterious island and how they make use of science to create something out of practically nothing.

In spite of its age, this book won’t fail to keep you on the edge of your seat and is one of Verne’s best works. The reader, David McCallion, did a wonderful job in reading this book. I truly enjoyed his accent and character differentiations. This is the perfect book for those who like adventure and intrigue, along with a good dose of science fiction.
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- Deena

I gave up

It is rare for me to abandon a book. I listen to plenty of fiction from this era but this one just defeated me. I think I need to avoid Verne in future as I only just made it through 20,000 leagues. (Although I enjoyed "..80 days" and "journey to the centre..")

So what is the problem?

At times listening to Verne feels like sitting through a very boring powerpoint presentation with Neville from accounts telling you about his day at the Zoo and explaining the chemistry behind the making of gunpowder.

It might well be interesting but it is probably a bit weak on narrative and suspense.

There is also a rather basic problem with castaway stories like this and Swiss Family Robinson. If a character on one page says "What would be really handy is if we had a Gas Cooled Fast Breeder Reactor" you can bet your sweet life that on the next page one will wash up on the beach or fall out of a tree as he walks through the forest. At least Robinson Crusoe had to occassionally find an alternative way to satisfy his needs.

And my last straw was when this group of enlightened soldiers fighting against the perpetuation of slavery turn the last survivor of a group of apes that they have slaughtrered into a slave / servant without wages and start to dress him in human attire.

I get it. Different times different minds. But I just finally got so fed up of wishing they would all contract a virulent disease and die that I decided to kill them myself with the off switch.

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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2017
  • Publisher: Take 2 Studios