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  • Jules Verne Collection

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days and The Mysterious Island
  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Series: Captain Nemo, Book 1-2
  • Length: 43 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Literature & Fiction, Classics
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Summary

From the pen of one of the literary world’s finest explorers of the imagination, these classic tales of fantastical habitats and intrepid adventurers delve deep into every mysterious corner of planet Earth.

Discover the lost city of Atlantis in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, encounter prehistoric sea monsters below the earth’s crust in Journey to the Center of the Earth, circumnavigate the globe by sea, air, and land in Around the World in Eighty Days and find yourself marooned in the Pacific in The Mysterious Island.

Whether you’ve adventured with Verne before or are only just setting off on your maiden voyage, this collection encompasses the most extraordinary adventures the father of science fiction has to offer.

Public Domain (P)2020 Mason D. Gray

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Nautilus Adventure or Essay

I love these stories but unfortunately here they are read with what comes across as a total disconnect from the story being read. The narrator sounds like he is reading a bus timetable. Unfortunately that carries the same feeling over to the listener.

Edit: Come the third story, "Around The World In 80 Days" the narrator comes alive. His voice, pacing and tone seem to fit this story much better than the previous two. This one is much more special.

Audio quality is good but occasionally sibilance or a strange mild distortion creeps in. (I'm not talking about the narrator's own way of saying 's', this is in addition to that. Disappointed.

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Great stories but awful narration

brilliant stories but marred by terrible narration
the narrator constantly hisses through his teeth, reads like he is narrating a technical manual and does not pronounce places names properly. Saville Row, Sydenham, Marylebone, and Cromarty are constantly mispronounced. this is lazy narration and could not be bothered to research before reading
obviously just collecting a pay cheque

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Value for money

Four classic tales in one audiobook all excellent with the narrator's reading lets you drift along on these adventures.
I received this audiobook from Free Audiobook Codes for a review.

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excellence

this book was awsome, i really enjoyed this book. vern is as good today as ever.

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fantastic stories worth their place as classics

amazing stories and a must for all to read/listen to. so well written and read that are riviting from start to finish.

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Good stories

however, not a fan of the narrator, as he is quite monotonous at times. I declare

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  • Sarah
  • 02-05-21

Classics, But Hours of Scientific Exposition.

These classic stories, written by a celebrated and time-honored author are extremely wordy, and VERY heavy on scientific exposition. The stories themselves containing only thematic elements would hardly consist of more than one hundred pages each. However, with the reams and reams of scientific data and historical information, the stories drag on for many thousands of pages. I appreciate the knowledge, research, and effort that went into these stories, but there is a line that must be drawn at some point. The narration is adequate, but without much distinction between characters voices, it’s a little hard to follow at times. Overall, a good value for anyone that want to pad their list of classical literature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-21

An extraordinary collection of the classics

An underwater exploration with the secretive Captain Nemo, a journey into an icelandic volcano, sailing around the world with Phileas Fogg or hijacking a Confederate balloon. These are all worlds and situations you can visit through this Audiobook and immerse yourself in some of the most celebrated fiction books of the literary world.

A wonderful collection of four of the most famous books by legendary author and science-fiction pioneer, Jules Verne. This compilation includes the following titles: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Journey to the Center of The Earth, Around The World in 80 Days, and The Mysterious Island.

These stories are brought to life through Mr. Jim D. Johnstons immaculate narration. His deep voice gives these timeless tales a feeling of antiquity which perfectly matches the tone used in the actual text. While listening to this audiobook collection I was transported into a world of adventure where I felt like I was living the story right next to the characters.

With 43 hours worth of material, this audiobook can take quite some time to finish. However it is well worth it as it includes four of Verne's most popular works all piled into a single playlist. I found listening to this collection especially rewarding while driving, its entertaining without distracting you too much and can turn even the most mundane of situations into one filled with excitement.

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  • Angie Franco
  • 30-04-21

Great Collection of Classics for Prolonged Reading

I love that this audiobook contains three classic stories in one. The audiobook provides nearly two day’s worth of content, making it an excellent option for prolonged listening. It is perfect for road trips, daily commuting, or an evening walk or hike. A collection like this is what audiobooks are made for because it allows you to move through it over time and at different paces depending on your needs and abilities.

The stories are very descriptive, and it is easy to create your own imagery from the narration. The narrator brings the stories to life and even changes his voice as he portrays various characters. This book is also an excellent option for children who might not be at this reading level but can understand most of the story. It gives them the opportunity to develop their imagination and vocabulary, all in one. Moreover, it would be a great book to listen to together as a family. Since these stories are classics, there is something for everyone in the family. Younger children listen to it for the first time, while older children and adults hear the stories from a different perspective. It is a great collection of classic stories, and I would recommend the Jules Verne Collection!

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  • POLLY POIZENDEM
  • 19-07-22

Must-Have Classics!

At a whopping 43 hours, you can’t go wrong with this classic collection! The narration is soothing and wonderful. Perfect for bedtime listening…close your eyes, imagine you are there :-)

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  • JM
  • 01-06-22

Great Classics

The audio was a nice rendition of these stories. The narrator made these stories come to life. I read all these stories many years ago while in school. So it was a big thrill to be able to revisit these classic stories. Recommended to all who would also like to listen to these great books.

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  • Fennel
  • 03-08-22

Great Classics

A must-have for fans of Verne stories and a good way of getting the kids interested by using it like "bed-night" stories or long travels.

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  • Belinda C
  • 27-06-22

Just amazing

I love Jules Verne and his stories alot. Jim D. Johnston was just fantastic at narrating this great collection of beloved classics. I'm really wanting to hear more of his work. My Favorite story is still Journey to the Center of the Earth but Jim made me love 20,000 Leagues a little more.

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  • Crus458
  • 28-05-22

Great narrator

Great narrator for these classic Jules Verne tales. Sometimes an old book is a monotonous and droning listen. This narrator has the perfect tone and inflection. It seems authentic to the story but understandable with life.

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  • Jayde
  • 27-05-22

Classic Science Fiction... HEAVY on the Science

Everyone who loves science fiction will be familiar with the name Jules Verne and I was no exception. But somehow I had never gotten around to reading these stories. Then I received this free review copy audiobook and then I had to listen so I could leave this unbiased review.
Wow! Apparently back in the day the science part of Science Fiction really meant something. Each of these stories is almost nothing but a little filler to connect all the science into story format. Not that this is a bad thing as these are truly great classics. It is also interesting to hear what the science of the day was like as compared to what we know today. I really enjoyed the first three stories and even the fourth was good. I liked the heavy science and thought that it enhanced the stories. But if that does not interest you then these books can really drag on. I did find the last book to be a bit of a drag but that was likely because of the 43 continuous hours of this type of story. Taken one at a time they would all be much better. And in the Audible app I could break it down to the individual book and chapter so it would be easy to stop and start as needed. Not all of Audibles books have been like this so I was glad to see that this one was.
The narration was pretty good if a bit monotone. Some character variation but you had to really listen for it. A good voice for this collection.

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  • Anthony
  • 14-05-22

It's a great collection.

It is a great collection of stories, the narration was a little dry for me. I started then stopped quite a few times to get through the book, at 43 hours it takes a while. The stories are written for a time that gave you something to read for a long time, to entertain you. I enjoyed the stories very much.I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review