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The Mysterious Island (AmazonClassics Edition)

Written by: Jules Verne
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
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After hijacking a balloon from a Confederate camp, a band of five northern prisoners escape the American Civil War. Seven thousand miles later, they drop from the clouds onto an uncharted volcanic island in the Pacific. Through teamwork, scientific knowledge, engineering, and perseverance, they endeavor to build a colony from scratch. But this island of abundant resources has its secrets. The castaways discover they are not alone. A shadowy, yet familiar, agent of their unfathomable fate is watching.

What unfolds in Jules Verne’s imaginative marvel is both an enthralling mystery and the ultimate in survivalist adventures.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Mysterious Island, this edition of The Mysterious Island (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2019 2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • KS
  • 2020-02-21

Mysterious Island

I think this is one on my favorite Jules Verne books. It’s full of adventure, twists and turns. The narrator was superb! I wish I could have given more than 5 stars.

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  • Isaac Anderson
  • 2020-02-24

The story is a let down

I did not realize I was going into a “classic” book. This is not a survivor story. This is a story about how every person shipwrecked knows everything from iron work to Chemistry and when they do not know what to do, a god like figure gives them help.

The narrator was great. That was the only positive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-08

This was a well executed classic!

The book held my attention from the beginning to the end. Highly intelligent, adventurous, an all around excellent story.
The gentleman that narrated it is top notch as far as I'm concerned ... good meter, tone, inflection, and at an excellent pace!
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  • PJL0815
  • 2020-01-21

Verne’s Redemption

Fantastic edition of Jules Verne’s classic. This version of the read-aloud adds shine to the ageless diamond. Don’t get shortchanged by other, condensed versions. Giant 5 stars across the board!

The Mysterious Island is my favorite story! Verne neatly tied several loose ends and avoided many of his typical cringe-worthy judgments.

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  • Crawford A. Lindsey, Jr.
  • 2020-01-20

Not at all like the movies!

There are a few things that happen quicker than it seems reasonable to expect, but that does not make the book any less interesting.
Great listen

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  • Julie Rae Loving
  • 2020-01-17

Sequel to 20,000 leagues under the Sea

This was a good story. I felt like it was a attempt by Verne to captalize on his previous book so the story was "forced" and not as good as his former work. Good reader though and worth the 20+ hours to hear.

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  • slenderpup
  • 2019-12-18

What An Adventure!

This is the first book I've ever read/listened to by Jules Verne, and I can definitely say I'm hooked! This story was so full of interesting survival skills and things I never knew about carpentry, science, and farming. The characters are so engaging and I found myself rooting for them and not wanting to leave them behind at the end of the book.

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  • NateK
  • 2019-09-15

Imaginative Delight

A true "page turner." Adventure storytelling at it's best. Was sad that it had to end

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  • Monica
  • 2019-08-18

Sequel to 20,000 leagues under the sea

The narrator was very good, he was engaging and made each character stand out. This book would be perfect for a 10-12 year old. I enjoyed the science and engineering aspect which reminded me of Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. The book was published in 1870, so expect some typical attitudes on social class and race, but Verne’s main characters are very likable. The last third of the book is worth the buildup.

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  • QUAZIMODO
  • 2019-09-20

Ahead of His Time

Yes a genius ahead of his time. I have only read other book by Jules Verne and that was Around the World In Eighty Days. I am amazed at how well he connected now four books I am familiar with.
He tied in with the hot air balloon on a trans Atlantic journey. He tied in Twenty Thousand League's with Nemo. And built a completely new book with an Island and four castaways.

BRILLIANT!

I do find it incredibly prosperous that on this trip was a natural leader, an engineer, hunters, carpenters and scientists. This is how bad our education system is. Because if this was today. Everyone would die. Because they would be back biting that the restrooms were not transgender specific. The liberals would be on one end of the island looking for ways to steal money in taxes from the conservatives on the other. The liberals would try to convince everyone that god is dead, and abortions are necessary. All the while trying to convince everyone that there is more than two genders.

Meanwhile the conservatives (which these guys were ) well they would build all the weaponry needed to protect themselves, and grow their own food, and build quality housing. And so they did.
Where did we go wrong?

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