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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 4 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486440885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486440880
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Verne's imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time."
— Daily Mail

"Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of the most famous novels ever written. Verne has left us an extraordinary book, which has withstood the test of time better than some of the science described within it. It has brought delight to generations of readers, and will for many more. There is nothing so rare as the chance to take an impossible journey, and to believe it so powerfully that we wonder if we will make it out alive. That's magic. And that's Verne's gift."
Michael Crichton, Daily Telegraph

"Fantasised a parallel world to ours under the earth's crust. This hypothesis was both popular and subscribed to, even by reputable scientists, in the 19th century. Verne's tale... remains the best of its (scientifically) preposterous kind."
John Sutherland, Guardian --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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Jules Verne had a knack for coming up with adventure stories that were fascinating enough to endure against the revelations of science and the passage of time. Some comments by the narrator read almost like caveats to assuage the doubter who might know better than to believe what is discovered on this unusual trek to the centre of the earth. A belief in central heat, for example, is asserted by the narrator in order to gain solidarity with the reader. The reader is then encouraged to be satisfied that “certain circumstances not yet sufficiently understood may tend to modify here and there the action of natural phenomena” (p. 187.) The prohibitive fact of central heat is not just mitigated by an appeal to the possibility of modified phenomena, but by the fact in the fiction that says the trekkers did not descend to earth’s actual centre (pp. 129, 186.) Stopping short of the centre is necessary, not only to avoid the science of central heat, but because the time and angle necessary for the trip make it impossible for men on foot to go there (p. 107.)

All of this hedging to ‘cover one’s tracks’ colors the story with at least a tinge of probability. This toilsome project, though, of welding links to form a chain that would take us, without doubt, down to earth’s virtual centre, is not kept up with care enough to satisfy. There are nagging inconsistencies. The tiny raft made by Hans for crossing over the underground sea seems to take on the qualities of a large, sturdy ship as she sails for a week and a half, or five hundred leagues (1800 miles) or more, through unimaginable trials and perils, which include monsters beneath and all around, and an electric storm above containing ‘great bales of cotton’ and ‘a vast reservoir of fearsome windy gusts’ (p. 145.
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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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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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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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