Journey to the Center of the Earth

By Jules Verne
Translated by Frederick Amadeus Malleson
Read by Simon Prebble

The Voyages Extraordinaires Series: Book 3

7.73 Hours 06/01/2008 unabridged
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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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Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived.” Arthur C. Clarke
“Verne’s imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time.” Daily Mail (London)
“AudioFile Golden Voice Simon Prebble delivers Jules Verne’s classic adventure fantasy with masterful precision…Prebble’s powerful narration captures the excitement of dangerous encounters along the way, such as prehistoric animals, falling rocks, and molten lava. This classic treasure was written 144 years ago. Prebble’s perceptive narration brings Verne’s work to life. Listeners will understand why Verne is considered the father of science fiction.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Jules Verne

Jules Verne (1828–1905) is considered by many the father of science fiction. Born in Nantes, France, he studied law but turned to writing opera libretti until the 1863 publication of Five Weeks in a Balloon, the first of his Extraordinary Voyages series. Its success encouraged him to produce a number of classic and prophetic science fiction novels, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. His stories foresaw many scientific and technological developments, including the submarine, television, and space travel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 7.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English