An Apple Books Classic edition.
Many credit Jules Verne with inventing the genre of science fiction. In this novel, the author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days whisks us back in time and deep into the earth’s core. We follow eccentric scientist Otto Lidenbrock and his team on a dangerous exploration to an Icelandic volcano that he believes is actually a tunnel to the center of the earth. The deeper the group travels, the more treacherous the landscape becomes, littered with the bones of ancient animals and besieged by electrical storms hurling fireballs from above. But the biggest surprise of all may be waiting for them when they finally emerge…
Published in 1864, Journey to the Center of the Earth is riddled with scientific inaccuracies, all of which were based on the accepted theories of Verne’s day. That context only adds to the enjoyment of the story—and doesn’t detract from the amazing fact that Verne accurately predicted a staggering number of future inventions.
Well produced classic, slightly disappointing
The audio is well done and the narrator is good, but the story itself is weaker than I expected. The characters are not particularly likable other than the Icelander and they tend to succeed more by luck than their own efforts.
Absolute drivel. They don’t go anywhere near the center of the earth. They follow a lava tube from Iceland to Italy.
Jules Verne is French and wrote in French, but makes the main characters two Germans and an Icelandic man. These characters aren’t fully formed people, they’re pastiches of what a gilded age rich French snob thinks of gilded age rich Germans. The result? An eccentric mad scientist, his whiny overly excited dandy nephew, and their silent stoic Icelandic guide.
The voice actor who narrates this does his job well, problem is that he’s given this schlock to work with. The story isn’t interesting because the narrator in the text is an annoying person and objectively unlikeable. Like, I would never willing choose to hang out with this kid, even if he did this crazy thing, because he’s extra and weird.
I couldn’t finish the book…. The narrator is awful.