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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fastidious English gentleman makes a remarkable wager: He will travel around the world in eighty days or forfeit his life’s savings. Thus begins Jules Verne’s classic novel—one that remains unsurpassed in sheer storytelling entertainment and pure adventure.

Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant, Jean Passepartout, embark on a fantastic journey into a world filled with danger and beauty—from the exotic shores of India, where the heroic travelers rescue the beautiful wife of a rajah from ritual sacrifice, to the rugged American frontier, where their train is ambushed by an angry Sioux tribe. Fogg’s mission is complicated by an incredible case of mistaken identity that sends a Scotland Yard detective in hot pursuit.

At once a riveting race against time and an action-packed odyssey into the unknown, Around the World in Eighty Days is a masterpiece of adventure fiction that has captured the imagination of generations of readers and continues to enthrall us today.

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  • “This audiobook is a rare treat that offers a peek at the past yet remains relevant today. When first published in 1873, Jules Verne’s novel represented merely a dream for most people. Despite the quantum evolution of transportation since then, the book is still delightful—from Phineas Fogg’s initial bet to the final culmination of his adventure. Michael Prichard’s delivery is reminiscent of the no-nonsense style used by the narrators of newsreels. He adeptly captures Fogg’s audacious nature, as well as the unique personality of his newly employed valet, Passepartout. The focal point of the story remains Fogg’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe using every available type of transportation, including trains, boats, and elephants. No matter how Fogg travels or what he encounters, Prichard brings out his joys, fears, and bravura.”

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  • “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, acclaimed author, playwright, and filmmaker

  • “Jules Verne’s novels are matchless…I read them as an adult, and yet I remember they excited me. Jules Verne is an astonishing past master at the art of constructing a story that fascinates and impassions the reader.”

    Leo Tolstoy, praise for the author

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark L. | 2/20/2014

    " Though I do not much remember the story of this book or even the characters all that well, I do remember that the story was a grand adventure, if a bit on the light side. The real influence this story had on me throughout the years was from the reputation and references made to it in other works I have seen and read throughout the years before and since I have read it. The main thing remembered by myself is the basic premise of the story, a trip by air balloon around the world in eighty days or less due to a bet. Despite the details of the plot or characters really not standing out to me enough to be passed on through the years, the story still has resonance with me. This is a perfect example of how a classic work can come to take on a life of its own beyond the realm of the original material itself. everyone knows the premise behind such stories as Around the World in 80 Days, Treasure Island and Moby Dick. These are seen as the common heritage of our modern novel tradition and give a common resource of work for writers, especially new writers to pull recognizable scenarios, settings and characters from to help fill out their work until they reach the level where they can stand to invent something unique entirely unto themselves. For many writers, this comes before their story's final draft and so the influence of these stories may not always be apparent to the reader, but for the writer, it allows them to bring their childhood and the common literary tradition together into their writing in a unique way. And, for the rest of us, it continues to give these stories new light and new life. In this way, it shows that all writing builds on that which came before it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Swati | 2/18/2014

    " Adventurous story with nice detailing. Con - slow pace "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Megan Page | 2/11/2014

    " The only thing I thought was worse than the book was the movie adaptation... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pasquale | 2/2/2014

    " Classicissimo di Giulio Verne da leggere. Sogno ad occhi aperti garantito. "

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