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Journey to the Center of the Earth [Paperback]

Jules Verne
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March 4 2005 Dover Thrift Editions
A pioneer in the genre of science fiction writing, Jules Verne possessed an uncanny ability to imagine--often with startling accuracy — the future possibilities of science. In this classic novel, first published in 1864, the author introduces readers to Otto Lidenbrock, a professor of geology who ventures into a fantastical world within an extinct Icelandic volcano. Verne's vivid imagination and masterful storytelling ability has made this book a popular choice among readers for more than 140 years.

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'this edition of what symbolically and psychoanalytically must be his richest text will, however, do much to encourage a more just apprectiation. William Butcher's new translation is effective and enjoyable, The end-notes are extremely useful ... Valuable avenues of analysis are suggested with brisk confidence,' The Modern Language Review

'a virtuoso exegete' French Studies --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In this fully dramatized adaptation of Jules Verne's classic, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie, and cast members from Star Trek® feature films and all four TV series take you on an incredible journey.

Journey to the Center of the Earth is the story of Professor Lindenbrock, his nephew Axel and their quest for the secrets contained at the earth's core. Led by Hans, their Icelandic guide, Lindenbrock and Axel descend deeper into the planet than anyone has ever gone before...but will they make it back to the surface alive?

Featuring virtuoso performaces from the entire cast, riveting sound effects and original music, Alien Voices' production of Journey to the Center of the Earth is an adventure in sound. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 8 2014
By Bobby
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read all Jules Verne's books As a Child and recently I've bad the chance to re-read them all. Even as an adult the story is incredible and the reader can place oneself in the story and carry out to the end.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I grew up on the James Mason movie, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959), so it was quite a shocker to read the book. You could imagine to my dismay the absents of quite a few characters and the center of the story is Germany not Scotland.

Now for avid readers you could care less about old movies, I can truthfully say that this is one of Jules Verne's best stories and well told.

What you will find more interesting and fun about this tale is the characters and their interaction. One of my favorite parts is when Harry who did not want to go to the center of the earth with his uncle, Professor Hardwigg; he turned to his affianced, Gretchen, and was planning on her to stop him. Her answer is shockingly disappointing to him.

"While there is life there is hope. I beg to assert, Henry, that as long as man's heart beats, as long as man's flesh quivers, I do not allow that being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair"

Be prepared as the bulk of the book is really a geological journey back through time and forward again painfully spelled out by Harry whom is the first person narrator.

The Kindle version does not have actual picture of the runes in chapter 1. Moreover, a tad off on pronunciations. Other than that, it is more than worth obtaining along with a hard copy for your library.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath "20,000" Leagues but still a fun journey Nov. 16 2002
Maybe it was the over the top caricatures of Prof. Hardwigg, his "sensitive" nephew and the stoic Hans, but I did not enjoy "Journey to the Center of the Earth" nearly as much as "20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea". I can't say the characters were any more one-dimensional, but I was put off by the narration and not as involved with the main characters.
It still is a fun journey and the strength of Verne's writing is in the copious details he puts into his story. The geography/geology in his description is often infinitely more enjoyable than his characters. I recommnend "20,000 Leagues" first, but if you yearn for more of those 19th century adventure tales, this is not a bad follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring science fiction classic Nov. 8 2002
Reading this book is an amazing adventure, as evidenced by a century of avid readers. I picked it up on a lark and decided to read the first five or ten pages to see if it was my type. It was easy to read, enjoy and visualize, and I quickly finished it.
The story revolves around a young man and his uncle, who is a scientist. They discover a route to the center of the earth (hence the title), and the novel is about their journey. Once you get 100 pages into this book, you aren't able to stop. The things they find boggle the mind, but seem so real.
100 years from now, people will still be enjoying Jules Verne, because he captures the imagination of the young explorer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious short story. Nov. 12 2011
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Jules Verne is one of the fathers of modern science fiction and fantasy. Which is why I wanted to give the story a try. If you are the type of person who shy's away from classic literature due to it's heavy subject matter or outdated stories and concepts. I can assure you that you have no fear of that with Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Forget for a moment that we are in the era of space travel for rich space tourists, satellites and space stations circling the earth. Think to when this book was written, no cars, no planes, people traveled by steam engine and sailing ship. It's the context of Jules Verne's real world of the 1800's that makes this story all the more impressive.

I found the first ten pages difficult to get into because of the language structure. People spoke and wrote differently over 120 years ago however, as I was drawn into the story I no longer took much notice of this.

Journey to the Center of the Earth has a wonderful innocence about it. The gentil love affair between Axel and his betrothed, the stoic strengh and determination of the guide and the wonderment exhibited when they make their underground discoveries.

I can say that you will not be dissapointed by this book. I think it would also be great for young readers (12-13). It has drama, excitement and romance all without being too long. Well worth my $4.00
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I bought this book thinking it would be some fluffy kids story, but found I was completely wrong! After reading the introduction by Jane Smiley I was taken in immediately. Frank Wynne's translation is superiour and the notes by Peter Cogman are both interesting and informative. I'm happy I got to read this book at 47 rather than 7, as the version in my childhood days was heavily edited and not the real story as Jules intended. There are many copies of Journey to the Centre of the Earth out there, however I was really surprised how well Penguin Classics did on this edition. I will be reading this one again for sure, 5 stars all the way!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love everything about volcanoes! May 22 2003
As a person living in a country with about 130 active volcanoes, I like the story about them. I myself like to have a journey to the crater of a volcano. One of the exciting story about volcanoes is this book. Though it is somewhat surealistic, Jules Verne was able to present a life-like story that is able to draw the readers' minds, as if as they were in the story themselves. Through his words, we can feel the beauty of the scenery in Iceland, the suspense and thrill of the characters' adventure, the imagination of the living creatures inside the earth, and the joy of the characters after their success in 'go down to the centre of the earth and back in three pieces (the Professor, Harry, and Hans)'. After all, this book is pleasant to read, especially if you like an adventure story!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing..
I was really excited to finally catch up on reading some Classic books and picked up Jules Verne's book (mainly because of the intriguing subject matter). Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2010 by JWo
5.0 out of 5 stars I love J. Verne. This book is why.
I absolutely loved this story. The beginning dragged some but after 20 pages the story is rolling. Verne's imagination into unknown territory and his scientific reasoning is... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by "johancornelius"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic "under-the-earth" fantasy book
No doubt about it, Verne and Burroughs invented the "under-the-earth" fantasy genre. Any geology fan or "rock hound" must read these novels! Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Roy Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey Into Your Imagination
PLOT: Armed with ancient directions, courage, and intelligence a scientist, his nephew, and a hunter search for the center of the earth and adventure. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verns greatest book
Adventure, suspense, bravery, sea monsters, underground caverns, unbearable heat these are just a few of the wonderful subjects this book has to offer. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by John Markle
3.0 out of 5 stars Journey To The Video Store Instead
In nearly all cases where a book is turned into a movie, I much prefer the book. This is one case where the screenplay is superior to the original story. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by Scorpio69
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Joles Verne
This is my upmost favorite books by Jules Verne. I liked From the Earth to the Moon but this beats it by far. No matter what you say I absolutly love this book.
Published on June 27 2003 by "oboeobsession"
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Center of the Earth
As an avid reader of Jules Verne, I enjoyed reading this book very much. I am not much for reading alot of books, but when I do read he is the authur that I choose. Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by Nicholas Wendell
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