From the pioneer of the Science Fiction genre, French author Jules Verne has created a masterpiece of adventure fiction.
Set in 1872, Around the World in 80 Days tells the extraordinary and wonderful adventures of Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout, who set out to win a £20,000 bet to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) is the second most translated author of all time.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
The read is precise, dry, dusty, and very much in keeping with the original book... loved every minute!
Not only is this a thoroughly enjoyable listen but it works on another level too. Phileas Fogg as the archetypical Englishman comes over initially as a self-centered prig; then you remember that you are getting a view of the English Gentleman through French eyes. Having realised this, I found my interest in the story was that much the greater for it. Poor Detective Fix provides the comic counterpoint to the story (and not Passepartout as is shown in the Mike Todd film). Passepartout himself is treated very sympathetically and in many ways provides the 'glue' that binds the main characters together. The reader adopts just the right tone and pace for the characters and if you are able to forget the film (and in particular, that non-existant balloon flight), this book deserves its eight hours in your audio player.
I've been listening to many of the classics, around the world is one book that fails to excite. There are sections of interest, more to do with the attitude of a writer of the 1900's...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Phileas Fogg, the ice-cool Englishman is imperturbable in his rising to the challenge to travel around the World in 80 days, meeting a lot on interesting characters on the way, whilst being unwittingly pursued by a misguided officer from Scotland Yard. His French valet Passepartout offers comedy moments while he protects his single-minded master. It occasionally reads like a travel brochure as the author authenticates the journey with real train times, ferry schedules and the such but on the whole it is a great romp. There is even time for a little romance, although the stalwart protagonist leaves this all till the very last moment!
Great reading of an enjoyable book.
A delightful tale, beautifully read by Corbett Woodall, complete with authentic French accent. Jules Verne's classic evokes the era of more genteel travel. His description of crossing the USA in the early days of rail travel is particularly fascinating.
I never realised what a splendid fellow Fhileas Fogg was! This wonderful reading consoled me through a day and a half of flu, away from all the coughing and hot misery of aches into a marvellous world of quiet, unflappable English heroism. And yet at times one laughs aloud.
I remember Corbet Woodall from the black and white newsreels of my childhood. That lovely English gentleman's voice. But he was an actor too and he makes all the characters believable.
I cannot imagine how this extraordinary, exciting, funny and at times moving story has evaded me all these years. I can't recommend this version too highly.
An excellent story rendered totally unlistenable owing to the fact that it's narrated in a (mono)tone akin to someone reading a statistics text book.
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