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Summary

A thrilling new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Jules Verne's classic novel.

'Descend, bold traveller into the crater of the Jokul of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the kalends of July and you will attain the centre of the earth. Which I have done.'

Renowned professor Otto Lidenbrock discovers a mysterious runic cryptogram in a rare manuscript. His nephew, Axel, accidentally cracks the code, which is by a Sixteenth Century alchemist who claims to have found a pathway to the centre of the Earth! Lidenbrock decides he must see for himself if such a journey is possible, and with the reluctant Axel and their guide, Hans, the three venture into the heart of a dormant Icelandic volcano.

Shock and peril await at every turn, from a raft voyage across a subterranean sea - where they witness a battle between two prehistoric monsters - to a terrifying lightning storm that threatens to capsize them, and an expedition into the magma chamber of an active volcano filled with boiling lava. Will they ever make it back to the surface?

Full of action, surprise and discovery, this suspenseful dramatisation of Verne's ultimate adventure story stars Joel MacCormack and Stephen Critchlow.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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A well remembered story

I have read this story many times, but when I was much younger, I could never remember the end of the story. Now I have listened to it I shall read it again. It was well presented and in a very clear manner. My Grandson, of 10, has already requested to listen to it. Great for students who are studying the book.

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 04-05-17

An amazing science fiction adventure

Originally published in 1864 and still an amazing science fiction adventure which has been masterly crafted into an audio drama by the BBC (2017).

Was expecting a large drill, but no, Professor Lidenbrock, Axel and Hans journey by foot and rope.

Brilliant escapism

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-01-18

Phenomenal <br />

Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of my favorite books, one that I've read multiple times; so hear it made the story even better. I was able to imagine myself going along the journey with them.

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  • James Battle
  • 19-05-17

Classic tale comes to life

I had never read Journey:TCE before. A wonderful tale full of adventure and 19th century flavor. The dramatization is of excellent quality, full of sound effects. It was easy to feel like a silent 4th member of the party, going down in​ to the bowels of the earth.

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  • Eli
  • 10-05-17

They didn't screw up

the dramatization was executed perfectly. they surpassed the previous bbc dramatization of the same story. audio sfx, pacing, casting spot on