Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • by Jules Verne
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Geologist Otto Lidenbrock is perusing an ancient Icelandic manuscript when he discovers a mysterious encrypted note. The message reveals the account of a sixteenth-century explorer who claims to have found a passageway to the center of the earth.In his quest to penetrate the planet's primordial secrets, the impetuous professor, together with his quaking nephew, Axel, and their devoted guide, Hans, sets off immediately for Iceland. Descending through the belly of a volcano into the bowels of the earth, they discover an astonishing subterranean world of prehistoric proportions.
A classic of science fiction that helped give birth to the genre, this imaginative speculation on the earth's nature is both a rousing adventure story and an apt portrait of the psychology of the questing scientist.

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Great book, wrong narrator

I have always loved Journey to the Center of the Earth. Even though I understand as an adult that the center of the earth is a rotating core of molten metal, Verne's novel still captures my imagination.

Be aware though that Audible is offering Blackstone Audiobooks's edition of Journal to the Center of the Earth with Simon Prebble as the narrator. In fact, the preview audio is indeed Prebble's narration. However, when I purchased and downloaded the audiobook, to my great surprise, I discovered that it is a version narrated by Frederick Davidson. I have nothing personal again Davidson, but I find his narration style to be supercilious and effeminate.

I've contacted Audible support twice about this mix up, but no quick solution appears forthcoming.

Unfortunately, Audible does not always give its older audiobook editions close scrutiny when it comes to accuracy and quality. For this reason, I have rated an audiobook that deserves 4 stars as 1 star.
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- Phillip

Spirited reading by Simon PREBBLE

This is an excellent reading of Verne's novel, maybe a shade less effective than Tim Curry's performance, but only a shade. Audible has had some trouble getting the recording straightened out. At the time of this writing, the audiobook is being credited to Simon Vance. It's actually read by Simon Prebble: both excellent narrators, but very different in style. For a long time, the preview was a selection from Prebble's version but the version that downloaded was by Frederick Davidson. Now the preview and download are right - both are Prebble - but the credits are wrong. In any case, Prebble reads this outstanding adventure with his usual charm and spirit.
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- Tad Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.