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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58,942 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Voyages Extraordinaires Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455170890
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The eccentric Phileas Fogg, a distinguished but sedentary member of London’s Reform Club, takes up a wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days—an amazing feat in the 1870s. What follows is a lively narrative recounting the journey by Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, as they overcome obstacle after obstacle to win the wager with Fogg’s fellow club members. The pair undertakes a fantastic world tour crossing three continents and two oceans and utilizing every means of transportation available in the 1870s: trains, steamers, an elephant, and a sail-sledge. All the while, they are pursued by a private detective named Fix, who believes Fogg to be a bank robber. Assorted companions join the party, including a damsel in distress named Aouda, whom Fogg rescues in India.

After traveling through Paris, Egypt, India, Japan, America, Ireland, and more, Phileas Fogg finally arrives back in London—having just by the remotest chance met the deadline, convinced Fix of his innocence, and collected the payment. And money isn’t the only prize he’s won.

This is a marvelous travelogue mixed with dazzling suspense, delightful fantasy, and lively comedy where frustrating delays and death-defying exploits abound.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s the views of old ships and trains, of costumed natives, and distant ports of call—from Port Said to San Francisco—that evoke the tale’s panorama of the exotic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived.”

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • “Jules Verne's masterpiece .. stimulated our childhood and taught us more than all the atlases: the taste of adventure and the love of travel. 'Thirty thousand banknotes for you, Captain, if we reach Liverpool within the hour.' This cry of Phileas Fogg's remains for me the call of the sea.”

    Jean Cocteau

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 2/5/2014

    " Absolutely charming. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Hodges | 1/20/2014

    " I wish the book had included a map so I could have followed the journey step-by-step. Many of the countries' names had changed. Delightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Luscombe | 1/10/2014

    " One of my all time favourites, a clever tale of a man determined to outsmart his friends by going around the world in...well, you know. A fast paced adventure story that I can easily read time and time again. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun adventure, or just simply looking for a classic tale that stands the test of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine Morris | 1/4/2014

    " Well it took me just over 80 days to read this book - in french! Hard to know if some of the vocabulary I learned is even used in modern day french, and I now know a ridiculous amount of french nautical terms. Loved the phlegmatic Phileas Fogg! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrina651 | 12/31/2013

    " I think that i will have to check out more Jules Verne. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Barsevich | 12/25/2013

    " Not my favorite.. Utterly unbelievable characters and stereotypes throughout. Slightly redeeming quality: the twist in the last two pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/23/2013

    " Very well written, but it had too many statistics for my taste. But what an adventure! I enjoyed reading about Mr. Fogg's journey around the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Falina | 12/22/2013

    " This was mildly entertaining, and at some points it was funny. It was a nice mindless read that I didn't really take anything away with me from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selena | 12/12/2013

    " A well-written classic novel. Everyone should read this book at least once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gema Marroquin | 12/3/2013

    " este libro esta lleno de fantasia y emocion me gusta mucho la idea y el punto de vista del autor ademas la fictin es interesante y no aburrida. este libro te hace volar tu imaginacion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kessie | 12/2/2013

    " Such a good book. I feel like I went and toured the world as it was in the early twentieth century. Plus the conflict between Fix and Phileas Fogg. I just love the character names! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rania | 11/21/2013

    " Too dry, too long, too boring.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor | 11/20/2013

    " Good fun following Mr. Fogg around the globe! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Sewell | 11/19/2013

    " What a thrill this classic is, even in an age of relatively easy circumnavigation (cringe-worthy cultural stereotypes aside). Love to imagine the stirring of imagination and wanderlust it caused when it came out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micki Seibel | 11/13/2013

    " The audiobook narrated by Jim Dale is *especially* entertaining. It makes the book more enjoyable than just the (already enjoyable) adventure story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kadbury(Young Readers) | 11/2/2013

    " LOVE THIS BOOK! CHECK THIS ONE OUT TODAY!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asieh | 10/31/2013

    " Every book by Jules Verne just sparked my imagination - his words and descriptions are so vivid, I could close my eyes and see exactly what he was writing about "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica Mickle | 10/31/2013

    " i really liked Paspartout it is a really good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 9/30/2013

    " I think this was a good classic. Who doesn't like a good book to read while traveling, especially whil traveling? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea C.s | 9/20/2013

    " Fabulous book!!five stars. I love this book so much because it has such an interesting story line and it is so well written, it really takes you in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Mancini | 8/27/2013

    " I realized last month that I had never read this book, and I'm so glad I finally did. Witty, hilarious and a classic by all definitions. The last few lines put a huge smile on my face. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 7/23/2013

    " It's Jules Verne. It's not fabulous - but it's not bad either. It was a fairly easy read. Nothing to rave about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 7/17/2013

    " Delightful read. I loved the character. I know some people think he is creepy. By today's standards maybe, but I loved the idea of this even keel fellow, who is dependable, will do what is right and not get ruffled over obstacles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 6/4/2013

    " I really liked this book. I like reading classics once in a while, and this is far better than the abridged version I read when I was 7. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhawesh Chhetri | 4/20/2013

    " a nice adventure book.....story of the adventure of Phileas Fogg and Passespartout........the only moral i got from here is: a man is incomplete without a woman..!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 2/22/2013

    " Maybe 2.5 stars. It had a sweet ending, but a lot of the book doesn't hold up well. There are a lot of pretty silly inaccuracies that keep it from actually helping you feel like you got to go around the world along with Fogg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 1/3/2013

    " It is an enjoyable light read. While not quite early science fiction like "From The Earth to The Moon" or "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", it still has the feel of adventure with new modern technology. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in sci-fi or history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 12/6/2012

    " Wasn't sure if I could make through phrases such 'crusty Jew' but found myself getting sucked into the adventure :) read it with view to reading to class, but the language/references to opium might not be too suitable... Not as much seeing the world as I would have liked but a fun period book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eaguerrant | 11/9/2012

    " What a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 4/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Surprisingly entertaining although it did drag at one or two places. Overall, loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 2/3/2012

    " I loved this book!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Shaver | 12/23/2011

    " bought a kobo loaded with 100 classics...enjoyed this one. I was surprised! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 9/5/2011

    " This was an incredible book, and as with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I couldn't see how Verne could have possible written it without actually carrying out the journey himself! An amazing book, very witty throughout and a very clever ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sumanya | 8/3/2011

    " grrrrr! the book is full of racist and male chauvinistic quotes...i get that it was written at a different time...but it was ruined for me. Also, so fascinated with technology...instead of modern day IT revolution, the subject was speed in transport and communication. yuck! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neilie J | 7/30/2011

    " I enjoyed the typically 19th century take on the "exotic" places in the world and I liked the story's unflappable hero. The ending felt "pat" though somehow and left me feeling deflated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 7/29/2011

    " This was the first book I read on my new e-reader! I found it absolutely gripping! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 7/13/2011

    " This book is just so quaint, in these modern times and reflects so much of what we have lost as a society, that said its also a cracking story full of humour and wit, and always worth the time to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/22/2011

    " bought a kobo loaded with 100 classics...enjoyed this one. I was surprised! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 5/15/2011

    " I remember enjoying the movie with Pierce Brosnan and Eric Idle as a kid so I was inspired to read the free download on the kindle. It was a fun read and timeless like it could have been written yesterday. A fun adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F. | 5/14/2011

    " To think what we take for granted now. This was set in a time when we were starting to span the globe. This book would be a good one for a child entering high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 5/11/2011

    " So great. These books are wasted on the young, before we can really appreciate them. Making them required reading for disinterested students does great books a disservice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les | 5/9/2011

    " Very entertaining book, though I am certain that the author never visited the Salt Lake valley. I found his explanations of Mormons darn funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/5/2011

    " I read this a long time ago and all I remember is that I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jolene | 5/2/2011

    " Not my type of book. The part about Mormons was crazy. I also listened to this book, or I never would have finished it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/29/2011

    " I'm on my Jules Verne kick. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cameron | 4/28/2011

    " Simple story, simply written, simple characters. A light read, by not Verne´s best by any means. I enjoyed ´Journey to the Center of the Earth´ more than this. Not as fun and as detailed as I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harmony | 4/27/2011

    " i didnt love it. i took forever to read it. maybe thats why i didnt like it, it seemed to drag on until the end. i liked the ending, a twist. and love too, who doesnt like a fairy tale ending. im wondering if i should watch that movie they made about it. just to compare. "

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About the Author
Author Jules Verne

Jules Verne (1828–1905) is considered by many the father of science fiction. Born in Nantes, France, he studied law but turned to writing opera libretti until the 1863 publication of Five Weeks in a Balloon, the first of his Extraordinary Voyages series. Its success encouraged him to produce a number of classic and prophetic science fiction novels, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. His stories foresaw many scientific and technological developments, including the submarine, television, and space travel.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.