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Penguin Classics Journey To The Centre Of The Earth [Paperback]

Jules Verne
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Aug. 25 2009 Penguin Classics
A new translation of this amazing science-fiction story, first published in 1864

The story involves a professor who leads his nephew and hired guide down a volcano in Iceland to the "center of the Earth."

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath "20,000" Leagues but still a fun journey Nov. 16 2002
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Hardcover
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 Journey to the Center of the Earth April 21 2003
Format:Paperback
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. I thought that Journey to the Center of the Earth like all of his books was very well writen and very well developed.
I especially like these types of books because, they seem that they could actualy be real and certain places mentioned could actually exist. The book starts off with a young boy telling the story. His name is Harry and he lives in Hanburg with his uncle. His uncle's name is Professor Hardwigg. He is a professor of many different sciences like philosophy, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, and many other sciences. In the beginning of the book the Professor makes a discovery. His discovery is a small piece of paper that is called a Runic manuscript. The hard part was trying to figure out what langauge the paper was writen in, but once it was deciphered it appeared to have directions that lead to the center of the earth. So professor Hardwigg being the adventurer that he was, was ready to set off for Ireland, which is were the paper said to go first. Harry being only 13 had no choice in the matter but to go. They took a ten day trip on a boat to Ireland and when they got there, they were supposed to go to base of a mountain where there was a cave that they would enter that would lead them to the center of the earth. The cave seemed to go down and down forever where it lead them to the very depths of the earth. When they reached the center of the earth they came across a blue sky and an ocean. They built a raft to go across it and in the middle of crossing they ecountered two prehistoric monsters fighting around them. In the story they also encounter living fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Center of the Earth April 21 2003
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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. I thought that Journey to the Center of the Earth like all of his books was very well writen and very well developed.
I especially like these types of books because, they seem that they could actualy be real and certain places mentioned could actually exist. The book starts off with a young boy telling the story. His name is Harry and he lives in Hanburg with his uncle. His uncle's name is Professor Hardwigg. He is a professor of many different sciences like philosophy, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, and many other sciences. In the beginning of the book the Professor makes a discovery. His discovery is a small piece of paper that is called a Runic manuscript. The hard part was trying to figure out what langauge the paper was writen in, but once it was deciphered it appeared to have directions that lead to the center of the earth. So professor Hardwigg being the adventurer that he was, was ready to set off for Ireland, which is were the paper said to go first. Harry being only 13 had no choice in the matter but to go. They took a ten day trip on a boat to Ireland and when they got there, they were supposed to go to base of a mountain where there was a cave that they would enter that would lead them to the center of the earth. The cave seemed to go down and down forever where it lead them to the very depths of the earth. When they reached the center of the earth they came across a blue sky and an ocean. They built a raft to go across it and in the middle of crossing they ecountered two prehistoric monsters fighting around them. In the story they also encounter living fire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any science fiction lovers Jan. 23 2003
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Format:Paperback
Jules Verneï¿s classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth is a must read for any science fiction book lovers. I rate this book four stars because this book has great imagery and is very believable considering the fact that this journey never took place.
This book deserves four stars because Verneï¿s imagination makes this book an easy read with his use of vivid descriptions of the journey. The journey starts off with a scientist who finds a map to the center of the earth. Himself, his nephew, and a guide journey down an old volcano towards the center of the earth. On their journey they find all kinds of, thought to be extinct, animals and cavemen.
Although the three men find many exciting things they also encounter many hardships. The men are suffering from lack of food because they are miles from the surface of the earth, and they lack water because there are no water sources nearby. The men somehow find a river that is boiling hot due to the fact that they are inside a dormant volcano. When they find the underground world they also get food from the wild plants growing around them.
In my opinion this book is one of the greatest science fiction books that I have read. Jules Verne is an excellent writer who wrote many great books. This book is about three men who go on an expedition to the center of the earth. The question that you have to ask yourself before you read this is will they make it out alive. Well you will have to find out yourself by reading this great novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are thinking Arlene Dahl, you will be shocked.
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are thinking Arlene Dahl, you will be shocked.
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne's Journey very interesting and informative
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2011 by John William Hattie
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"
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