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A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Classics, World Literature
3.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

Jule's Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction classic. Volcanic tubes bring intrepid travelers toward the center of the Earth, where they encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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Serves me right!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I should have listened to the sample of this audio book before buying it. Verne can be pretty creaky, as the styles and concerns of fiction of the nineteenth century grate against contemporary taste. A good reader however, can ameliorate any clunkiness, but this recording doesn't have a good reader. This gentleman reads as if he's just been woken from a deep sleep and does not serve Verne's prose well.

What was most disappointing about Jules Verne’s story?

Prolixity!

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Batchelor’s performances?

No thank you

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  • Loren
  • 10-08-16

Very good!

The story is entertaining, and the narration is very good. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-11-16

Good narrator!

I did get a bit bored at times with the atory itself. The narration, however, was well done and easy to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-15

really enjoyed this

Excellent reading of a great classic! Easy to listen to. Made my travel time fly by

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  • Kevin
  • 07-01-14

Great story but poor narration.

Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Peter Batchelor?

I have read and enjoyed many books by Jules Verne and I would love to read more of his writing.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was captivating and I enjoyed the main character's uncle.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice was difficult hear and understand, further there were some moments when I could hear the narrator cough.

Do you think A Journey to the Center of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It would be nice if the author was not dead... and in the center of the earth.

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  • Shaye O'Fallon
  • 17-01-20

Cannot hear the audio at all.

I was so excited to have my students listen to the audio version on Journey, but you cannot understand anything the man is saying at all.

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  • KerriGirl
  • 10-03-19

Poor sound quality

This is a great story, the issue I had was with the sound quality. It tended to get very quiet and then loud, I was constantly turning the volume up and down. Also, it seemed to have been read very fast. I had to slow it down to 80% to enjoy it.

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  • Zack
  • 20-08-18

Classic

Read this before our trip to Iceland. Good story. Obviously insanely fictional. But whatever. Snaaaaaaaaefels.

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  • K K
  • 11-07-18

not fun

it was very dull and boring the reader needs to make his different voices, well different.

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  • Adam Files
  • 22-12-17

the reader can sound distant, but overall good

loved the story, only complaint is the inconsistent distance and quality of the reader. all the same a splendid voice though

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  • Richard
  • 20-08-17

Fantastic...

What a fantastic story, and an excellent reader..Verne is absolutely the best...Try it, you'll be glad that you did.