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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781400179060
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tessa Ricquebourg | 2/2/2014

    " Honestly, I have no idea how this ever became a classic. Character development and plot took second place to the lengthy, over-detailed descriptions of the scenery. In fact, if anything, it read like the most boring travel guide you have ever come across. It was additionally filled with xenophobic stereotypes and Phileas Fogg has to be the most boring, two-dimensional hero I have ever come across. As for Passepartout, never have I come across such an annoying protagonist - if I was Mr Fogg I would have fired him from the get-go. So take my advice, if you were thinking of reading this, don't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Armstrong | 1/30/2014

    " This is a really fun story with good characters, and there's not an overload of scientific fact as in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. There is a really cool scientific twist at the end which enhances the story. Again, Jules Verne was a really intelligent man; and it pays off in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cristol | 1/20/2014

    " Quite enjoyed this classic - good Bookclub choice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed reading Verne's interpretations of the different cultures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 1/13/2014

    " 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 Les Shigley | 11/25/2013

    " 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 C.C. Kraber | 10/17/2013

    " Although not necessarily greatly inspired or compelling, Around the World in 80 Days is a fun and enjoyable read and has peaked my interest to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zero Jones | 10/6/2013

    " This book my seem a little dated, particularly in attitudes to other cultures. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful adventure story from one of the worlds greatest fantasy authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese Ptak | 5/23/2013

    " An absolute classic, a must read- bed time story (for grown-ups and children alike). Meticulous Phineas Fogg and his manservant attempt to get around the world in 80 days in order to win a bet. This is a great book that captures the imagination and is filled with funny moments, whimsy and action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/5/2013

    " I had never read this classic so was lots of fun--especially to listen too--great reader. I was caught completely unawares of the ending and the "moral of the story," which made it even more enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Ray | 5/2/2013

    " Jules Verne was one of the first and still one of the best Science Fiction/ Adventure writers of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sindhu Jha | 5/1/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 4/8/2013

    " Wow! If you only ever saw the movies and never read this book, you are going to be surprised! It was a lot more geography than action and pretty slow at times. I had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marbella | 2/3/2013

    " mmmmmm its and old history but that shows that how we can go around the world i mean we can communicate without travel to the other side of the world right!!!!!!!! jajajaja the world is each day more ahead than we thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2012

    " *contained within Barnes & Noble anthology* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lramesh | 9/12/2012

    " I am wondering how I missed to read this book. Even in those ages of hard-to-read classics, this one stands out as one of the easy read. Very funny and gives a good account of many countries on the way of Mr. Fogg's voyage. A good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 7/30/2012

    " I read this when I was younger, and though it is a very good story, for some reason I remember thinking that it had been a lot more exciting. Still a good read though, and clever storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daneen | 5/16/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Easy, interesting read with an ending that left me smiling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les Shigley | 4/19/2012

    " 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 Заяа | 3/12/2012

    " phileas somehow reminded me of myself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 benebean | 3/3/2012

    " I love the mini-series of this from way back when-- I was surprised that mini-series seemed to have a lot more stories in it than the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila McGrath | 11/15/2011

    " Loved it! I read this in a cabin on a lake, which made it only more delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 6/4/2011

    " Around the World in Eighty Days is a non stop action book which follows Phileas Fogg and this manservant on a journey around the world. This is a fun little quick read which doesn't require much concentration. I would recommend for anyone who likes reading classics! "

  • 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

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.