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The intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth's very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet's primordial secrets, the geologist--together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans--discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoricThe intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth's very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet's primordial secrets, the geologist--together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans--discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoric proportions. Verne's imaginative tale is at once the ultimate science fiction adventure and a reflection on the perfectibility of human understanding and the psychology of the questor....

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  • Stephen
    2019-02-22 13:19

    Gawd dim it, bollocks, ShazBot and shit snacks...I am so, SO bummed that I didn’t experience Jules Verne’s novels for the first time as a young man, rather than as an aging manolescent. Reading them now, as a 41 year old, I still find myself carried away in the rollickingness of his well crafted adventures, but part of me knows deep down in my nethers that there’s a warm, gooey nostalgia that will always be missing. This giant load of empty in my core, if filled, would likely have elevated this from a really good read to a cozy memory-rewind of simpler, happier times. *coughs bitterness from aching heart.*Alas, my loving parents were unintentionally guilty of literary child neglect. Thus, while I really enjoyed all those afternoons watching Gilligan’s Island, I think my time would have been better utilized immersing myself in the classics of Wells, Verne, Doyle and Poe. So, yes, it hurts......and I’m a little disappointed......maybe even a skosh angry...But...*wipes tear* sense crying weeping uncontrollably over spilled milk** misspent reading years. I must just remember to ensure that I don’t make the same error with my own children. So far, so good. **Why anyone would shed tears over spilled bovine teat juice is beyond me. PLOT SUMMARY:One of the most popular and beloved works within Verne’s 54 volume Les Voyages Extraordinaires, Journey to the Center of the Earth tells of the travels of Professor Lidenbrock, an accomplished and incredibly impatient, mineralogist, and his quiet, reserved nephew Axel. While perusing an ancient manuscript, Lidenbrock discovers a mysterious message encrypted in runic script. After cracking the code, with unexpected help from young Axel, the professor discovers that the message describes how to locate a secret passage leading to, uh, take a wild guess. The pair immediately scamper off to Iceland where, with the help of hunter/guide named Hans Bjelke, they discover the hidden entrance and embark on a highly perilous, but even more highly enjoyable, adventure. THOUGHTS:Verne was a consummate story-teller who never wrote down to his audience or cut corners with his material. One of the most enjoyable aspects for me about reading his stories is the scientific thoughtfulness that Verne poured into his novels. True, much of his science is badly dated and many of his theories, including the central premise of this story, have long since been disproved and relegated to nonsenseville. However, when written, Verne was conscientious in his attempt to be as accurate as possible and employed a rigor to his plot elements and story details that few can match. This diligence was the result of Verne’s desire to use his novels to use his novels as teaching tools as well as entertainment. This is a major bonus for the reader because Verne’s devotion to authenticity actually enhances the sense of wonder by creating an air of plausibility that allows the suspension of disbelief to occur unconsciously and, thus, unnoticed. What I’m bushing around the beat about is that I really, really enjoyed this. I’m couldn't give it the full 5 stars because I thought the initial portion of the novel (i.e., the part before the entrance to the hidden passage) took a bit too long to develop and the time spent in the most interesting segment of the journey (i.e., the [censored to avoid spoilerage] was too fleeting. Still, there is genuine wonder here and excellently drawn characters who display remarkable depth for this kind of story. Add to that an ending that is perfectly suited for the tale and you have a classic, well done adventure yarn that should be read. Oh, a final gripe in the interest of full disclosure. The ending’s awesomeness was dampened a tad for me by the compass “mystery” which I thought was overindulged by the Jules. Two days after finishing this, I am still mildly annoyed by that snippet of the tale so I thought I would be remiss if I failed to mention it. However, minor nits and compass annoyance aside, this was a great experience. Definitely one I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.4.0 stars.P.S. I need to add a note to the doofus-brained asshats who put together the 1871 English translation published by Griffith and Farran. Dear Sirs, You SUCK!!! Worse, this version happens to be the one that the geniuses at Easton Press decided, in their unimaginable stupidity, to use in their collection of science fiction classic. The mind boggles. This literary assassination abridged and largely rewrote the story, even changing the main character’s name from Professor Lidenbrock to Hardwigg. Thank Odin and Cthulhu, the unabridged audiobook I listened to was the original, quality translation. This actually gave me the ability to compare the to volumes. There is no comparison. If you are reading a version where the professor’s name is Hardwigg...toss it in the trash and find an original translation. As for the creators of the 1871 abomination, I only wish you could find yourself on the receiving end of justice...

  • James LafayetteTivendale
    2019-03-06 16:39

    "As long as the heart beats, as long as your body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life" I thought this book was brilliant and superbly well written by Venre as I will summarise below.It follows 3 main characters:-1) Professor Lidenbrock: a scientific genius who does not know when to quit even when the odds are less than 1% of success.2) His Nephew, Axel: our narrator - written in a similar way to Conon-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes or Leroux's - Joseph Routabille stories. The insider following and reporting on the bizarre genius of the main character. He is also highly intelligent but worries a bit too much. He is the more human/ emotional character is this death defying adventure.3) Hans: Our trusty hunter, servant, side-kick who is quiet, composed and saves every-ones life about 3 times.I analysed this book as having 3 divisions in the way the story was created and therefore progressed.To begin with - decoding a bizarre cipher, establishing the plot and the build up to the mission ending up in Iceland.Secondly, a quite sombre, despondent and slow segment about our gang penetrating the Earth via volcano and happenings in the seedy under-passages in the worlds crust. One scene truly stood out for me here which raised the tempo. Axel finds himself lost from his crew with no rations, no light - really no hope. This scene was harrowing and claustrophobic as a reader we obviously put ourselves in that nightmare scenario. That was gripping. Finally, about the last 40% is all full of over enthusiastic energy and vigour and it is great. Superbly paced narrative at this point including scenes of seeing fighting prehistoric monsters, being lost at sea in unbelievable and intense electric storms and if that all wasn't fun enough - to conclude they get rip-roaringly catapulted out of a volcano!! The book has some great set pieces.For some people I can see it is not an easy read. It is very science-based and used so much specialist language that it could put people off. I have said previously that this wasn't an issue to me as I believe the effort you put in to a book rewards the overall outcome. I am not a scientist but if I want to be in this world I have to adapt, enjoy and sometimes even learn the relevant terminology to get in to the characters minds. The first 2 sections I mentioned were 4 star. The final section is 6 star - hence the review. It is reminiscent of Conon-Doyle's adventure tale The Lost World but instead of Professor Challenger and friends going up a formation/ mountain to find an amazing world, Professor Lidenbrock and chums do the opposite and go down. I think this was free or about £0.99 on kindle so definitely worth picking up. I will hopefully read another of the Extraordinary Voyages books soon and hope they follow in the same vein. James x

  • Manny
    2019-03-10 15:20

    Why does Jules Verne often remind me of Monty Python? I mean, it's not funny or anything. Perhaps I was struck by the fact that Robur-le-conquérant doesn't just feature a flying machine called the Albatross, but also gives you a precise figure for the speed of a swallow. Anyway, with further apologies:Me: I wish to register a complaint about this novel, which I purchased not 45 years ago in this very boutique.John Cleese: Oh yeah? What's wrong wiv it?Me: The title is A Journey to the Center of the Earth.Cleese: And?Me: Well, they never get to the center of the Earth.Cleese: They almost do.Me: They don't.Cleese: They get more than halfway there.Me: Excuse me, what is the radius of the Earth?Cleese: Well guv, couldn't say offhand...Me: I'll tell you what it is. It's 6,378 kilometers.Cleese: Could be.Me: And do you know how far down they get?Cleese: I'd have to look that up...Me: Their maximum depth is about 320 kilometers.Cleese: I don't see your point.Me: They get about 4.7% of the way there.Cleese: Look guv, there's dinosaurs...Me: My good man, I don't care how many dinosaurs there are! The story simply doesn't correspond to the title, that's all. Here, let me give you an example. Take this DVD, Anal Gangbang Slut 8. If the only thing that happened was that the woman removed her gloves, would you say I'd got my money's worth?Cleese: She takes her shoes off as well.Me: She does?Cleese: Yeah.Me: Can I swap?Cleese: If you like guv. No skin off my nose.Me: Done.[Huge animated foot comes down and squashes both actors. Silly music, followed by announcer's voice]Announcer: And now for something completely different. The All-England Summarising Proust Competition.Contestant: Proust in his first book, talked about, talked about...

  • Shovelmonkey1
    2019-03-13 14:43

    I've tried to make The Journey to the Centre of the earth myself people, and let me tell you, it is fraught with danger! It should be a warning to you that I'm writing this from the bed of a Burns unit by typing with two chargrilled finger stumps, because the centre of the earth is not some wonderfully hollow, sparkly geode, oh no! In reality its a burning hot ball of lava, so hot that it makes the centre of a Pop Tart feel like a skinny dipping spree at the North Pole. You have been warned. Geology may rock but it can also get bloody warm as well! If you don't believe me, and are still prone to believe the Jules Verne school of geological thought, I'm backed up by the Wikipedia page :( where the person who wrote the entry for the book clearly states that Verne's description of the fantastical middle earth has been "soundly refuted". Let's face it, if the centre of the earth really was some kind of lost world of wonders, Disney would have sunk a two and a half mile deep elevator shaft down there sometime in the 1960s and we'd all be queuing at the edge of a lava tube to pay £500 per ticket to get down there.If on the other hand you are still tempted to make a journey to the centre of the earth from the comfort of your own armchair then I'm sure you'll be charmed and thrilled by the subterranean world of wonders which await. Lava tubes (like dried out waterflumes)provide direct access to the labyrinthine maze of geological fun. Middle-world primordial seas (which would have left modern day scientists to ponder the fact that the earth really resembles a partly filled laundry detergent ball), filled with giant fishes the likes of which would have had Hemingway weeping for mercy. Dinosaurs wander through ancient primeval forests of petrified wood and giant mushrooms and barren shores of bleached bones reveal the true nature of humanities origins. Essentially Verne has gathered together all the best and most interesting bits of Early World Prehistory (the bits that you loved as a kid) and created a memorable if scientifically confused master piece. Ok, it's now a bit dated and yes the centre of the earth really is not quite a Verne would have us believe but this is old school story telling at its best.

  • Leo .
    2019-03-16 11:42

    When I was young I read this book and most of his others too. I used to wonder about the Hollow Earth and often compared it to Middle Earth and Midgaurd. Alice down the rabbit hole. Shamballa and Hades. Like At The Earths Core this book opens the imagination to an inner realm. I have researched this concept and it is very fascinating indeed. The diary of Admiral Byrd is worth looking into. Agartha. Ancient discoveries have been made illustrating this concept. Were these greats of literature on to something? Himmler believed in the concept and it is now proven fact that the Nazi's had interest in Antarctica. They even had some sort of infrastructure there. Imagine the possibility of a world within a world. Like an atom is like a universe. Protons and neutrons inside like miniature planets. Inner space. Like in the film Men In Black. The universe is on Orion's Belt. Orion is the cat and on his collar/belt is a small glass marble containing the universe. Inner space and different dimensions?The mind boggles.Reading these old books can be hard to digest. Sometimes the old way of writing can distract one from the story. However, if the book becomes mundane, irksome or just a chore to read, try to stick with it. Subconsciously the mind is expanding. The vocabulary will broaden. The senses amplify. One individually enters their own world of academia. The more one reads, the more aware one becomes. Food for thought.🐯👍

  • Tracey
    2019-03-20 19:32

    I have had a ridiculous amount of fun this year listening to classic novels as audiobooks. When Audible offered a freebie (I think it was a freebie) of Journey to the Center of the Earth read by Tim Curry, I was excited – Tim Curry! Come on. It almost didn't matter what it was; I kind of place Curry in the same class as Tom Baker – love the actor, adore the voice, will listen to literally anything read by him. (Though Tom Baker wins by having been The Doctor, of course.)And I was right. Curry was fabulous. His performance – and it was in every way performance – was incredibly enjoyable, and accounted for a good part of my rating. The voices he gave to the characters were dead on; the emotion with which he invested some scenes elevated them; it's purely because of his voice that I don't completely loathe the two main characters of this book, Axel and his Uncle/Professor Otto Liedenbrock. Not completely … I do dislike them intensely, though. Even Tim Curry couldn't prevent that. I will absolutely grant that part of my dislike for the book was some inability to separate myself as a 21st-century woman with a (very) basic (high school) education in geology from myself as reader of a book published and I assume set in 1864. From the former point of view it's an absurd figment of science fantasy. I know, I know – I have no problem accepting vampires (as long as they don't sparkle), werewolves, thousand-year-old druids and 932-year-old Time Lords. I never said I was consistent. Still, despite the initial head-meets-desk reaction I had to a forest many leagues below the surface of the earth, not to mention a life-filled ocean and the mastodon-herding giants – still, it was fun. It felt like a Disney version of science, crossed with Lewis Carroll – fall down the universe's biggest rabbit hole, and land in an impossible, improbable wonderland. I was able to enjoy some of the fantasy. The parts I could enjoy were simply outweighed by the stupidity of the characters. The two so-brilliant scientists, Axel and his uncle, were textbook examples of book-smart vs. street-smart. I mean, what moron goes on any expedition into the unknown with only a little water? Good God, people, don't you watch Les Stroud and Bear Grylls? Well, no, obviously not, but – common sense, men! "Oh, don't worry, we'll find fresh-water springs": probably the last words of many a dim adventurer. And the subject of stupid adventurers brings me straight to Axel. Good grief. In my Goodreads updates I referred to him as a damsel in distress, and also TSTL: Too Stupid To Live. Bringing that boy on an expedition (I keep wanting to write a Winnie-the-Pooh-esque "expotition") is like taking a penguin to the Bahamas. I lost count of the number of times he fell or got lost or otherwise needed rescuing – and every single time there was poor old Hans, probably thinking "ach du lieber (or the Icelandic equivalent thereof), we should just put the fool on a leash." I can't imagine why his uncle brought him in the first place, unless he didn't realize what a Moaning Myrtle the boy would become, in addition to being a hazard to himself and all those around him. Every step of the way he complained and protested and fretted and despaired. The fact that he happened to be right in some of his complaints – as, for example, when he protested the minimal amount of water they were toting – doesn't make his constant whingeing easier to tolerate. And the Professor … a more overbearing, pompous, irritating, foresightless windbag I don't remember in my reading. Did I mention it was his decision to bring only a little water with them? And also to chuck most of their gear down an apparently bottomless hole, confident that they would catch up to it in the climb. And also to set off across an apparently limitless ocean in a boat I wouldn't sail in a bathtub rather than try to trek the shoreline. And then to pause at random intervals and pontificate as if in front of an audience. Oh, and to take few or no specimens of their discoveries. "Center of the earth, eh, Liedenbrock? Riiiight." My list, made early on in the read/listen, for tips on a hypothetical Journey to the Center of the Earth:1. Bring water2. Lots3. Lots and lots - humans are not camels.4. Be sure to pay guide/servant/lifesaver weekly, even if he can't spend the money5. Give guide/etc raise after he saves your butt after you disregarded 1 & 26. Do not bring nephew; he is prone to both hysterics and despair7. Do not bring uncle/professor, as he confuses humans with camels (also: twit)8. Do bring Tim Curry, because he just makes everything sound good. I don't think the uncle and nephew actually did give Hans any kind of monetary reward for saving their rear ends, on several more occasions than just the water situation. The uncle paid him promptly every week – not that he was able to spend or bank or otherwise appreciate said payment, miles below the surface of the earth – and probably lost it all in their adventures. The translation used by Audible was an odd one. The only example I noted was this: "His absolute silence increased every day." If it's absolute, it can't increase, though, can it? The edition Goodreads links to has it as: "But his habit of silence gained upon him day by day" - which works. I would be interested in either reading or listening to another version, to see if anything improves … but no. The language wasn't the problem. The problem was that I spent over eight hours alternately smiling happily at Tim Curry's performance and wanting to reach through my iPod and shake Axel and Otto until their ears flapped. It's another of those "could-have-been" books. It could have been so much fun. It just wasn't.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-03-10 12:33

    866. Voyage au centre de la Terre = Journey To The Centre of The Earth = A Journey to the Centre of the Earth = A Journey to the Interior of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages #3), Jules VerneJourney to the Center of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre, also translated under the titles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey to the Interior of the Earth) is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول اکتبر سال 2010 میلادیسفر به مرکز زمین - ژول ورن (دنیای کتاب و انتشارات امیرکبیر)ادبیات نوجوانان قرن 19بارها چاپ شده است، در فرصتی دیگر همه ی نسخه ها را اگر زنده باشم خواهم نوشتا. شربیانی

  • Matthew
    2019-03-14 14:37

    This was a DNF for me when I was a teenager. I loved the old movie, but I just couldn't get into the book.Then, I selected this for my Goodreads book-club a couple of years ago thinking that now that I have grown up and read more - and because Jules Verne is one of the founding fathers of sci-fi - I would now love it. Unfortunately, it was still a bit slow and hard to get through. I enjoyed it, but it just didn't keep me enthralled liked I hoped it would.Then, I went back and watched the movie and I did not think it was as great as I remembered. *Sigh* there goes one of my childhood memories!

  • مريم عادل
    2019-03-13 11:20

    رواية جميلة يغلب عليها طابع التشويق و أجمل ما فيها أنها مليئة بالتفاصيل الدقيقة لكنها تخدم العمل و تسلسل الاحداث سريع فلا يشعر القارئ بالملل

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-03-19 15:20

    Now began our real journey. Hitherto our toil had overcome all difficulties, now difficulties would spring up at every step.I had not yet ventured to look down the bottomless pit into which I was about to take a plunge. The supreme hour had come.OK so if you’re a reader of Science Fiction, and especially the classics, you owe it to yourself to read some Jules Verne. Not only was he enormously influential in the genre, but he is responsible for stories that are still popular to this day. What human power could restore me to the light of the sun by rending asunder the huge arches of rock which united over my head, buttressing each other with impregnable strength?The story here is not unfamiliar. In fact, it’s been well covered by film and television, as well as the illustrated medium, a great many times. I will therefore not go into great detail around the plot, other than to say that it deals with a journey into the earth’s crust and below (much like the title states).So, then, the dream in which I had had a vision of the prehistoric world, of the tertiary and post-tertiary periods, was now realised.And there we were alone, in the bowels of the earth, at the mercy of its wild inhabitants!It’s an adventure novel, really, and not hard science fiction by modern standards. However, it would have been a very different story at the time of first publication (1864). The scientific discussions presented here must have been positively electrifying.There are only a few characters and none are truly fleshed out. This, I think, is a symptom of the genre and the time it was written. Science Fiction has come a long way since 1864.It is apparent that the author was aiming not only for a base to present his own scientific beliefs (the book does enter “lecture mode” on a few occasions) but also to press some “sense of wonder” buttons in his readers. I didn’t read the book in the original French but in English, alternating between the Penguin Classic translation and the Gutenberg Project translation (there are some interesting comparisons / differences between the two but that is a discussion for another time). Still: it is obvious, even in translated form, that Mister Verne had a flair for the dramatic and knew how to spin a yarn. Respect.From that hour we had no further occasion for the exercise of reason, or judgment, or skill, or contrivance. We were henceforth to be hurled along, the playthings of the fierce elements of the deep.3.5 – 4 starsRead as part of annual “have to read” agreement with wife – 2015

  • Mahdi Lotfi
    2019-03-23 18:30

    ژول ورن‏ (۱۸۲۸ - ۱۹۰۵ م.) نویسنده، شاعر و نمایش‌نامه‌نویس فرانسوی بود. او بیشتر شهرتش را مدیون نگارش کتاب‌های ماجرایی‌اش است که دنیای داستان‌های علمی–تخیلی را دگرگون کرد. در آثار علمی–تخیلی نویسنده فکر خود را رها می‌کند تا به آینده برود و آنچه را در اثر پیشرفت علمی امکان‌پذیر خواهد شد، به تصویر بکشد. بنابراین آنچه می­نویسد کاملا علمی نیست، بلکه حاصل ترکیب علم زمان خودش با افکار، احساسات و تخیلات نویسنده است. وضعیتی که ژول ورن در «سفر به مرکز زمین» از دنیای زیر زمین (وجود حیات ماقبل تاریخ در آنجا) به تصویر می­کشد، مطلبی علمی نیست، بلکه حاصل تخیل اوست. اما در عین حال مطالب علمی در رمان او نقش مهمی دارد؛ و مجموعا اثری قوی و خواندنی است. بطور کلی، آثار ژول ورن با نبوغی همراه است که ایده بسیاری از پیشرفت­های علمی بعدی در آنها مطرح شده.

  • منال الحسيني
    2019-03-15 13:35

    رغم أني قرأت تلك الرواية من سنوات طويلة، ربما مع بداية رحلتي مع عالم القراءة، لكني ما زلت أتذكر كافة أحداثها بل و أحفظ أسماء الشخصيات و الأماكن بوضوح، و هو ما لا يحدث مع عدد كبير من الروايات التي قرأتها، و لهذا تظل تلك الرواية هي المفضلة بالنسبة لي، و العمل الجيد "المبكر جداً" الذي شجعني على أكمال رحلتي مع القراءة

  • Markus
    2019-03-17 19:25

    This book is so good it's almost on the level of the Scrooge McDuck comic based on it!

  • Sonia
    2019-03-06 17:22

    Este clásico es una de las mejores aventuras que he leído en toda mi vida, emocionante desde el principio aunque el viaje en sí tardó en emprenderse. Me pareció que desde el mismo momento en que se encontró aquel manuscrito, la travesía ya había empezado. Incluso los preliminares se me hicieron tan ligeros y oportunos como un mapa que conduce directamente al tesoro. Cada detalle aportaba lo necesario a la historia para hacerla creíble, interesante y llamativa.A pesar de que en ocasiones no sucedía nada particularmente movido, jamás perdió la línea estable que avivó mi interés y me condujo por cada página con el ánimo elevado y las ansias de aventura más aceleradas. Nunca decayó el encanto y el ritmo fue adecuado para una narración prolija y minuciosa. Me gustó la primera persona del sobrino del profesor, con las cualidades de cada personaje muy bien marcadas y diferenciadas, y los términos empleados en todo el libro lograron despertar en mí la curiosidad y el hambre de saber más que no me permitieron cerrar el libro hasta llegar al final de la significativa aventura.Creo que quien abra las páginas de este impresionante relato y ande en la búsqueda de grandes hazañas, sabrá apreciar cada recurso utilizado por el autor que, incluso desde el punto de vista de aquellos que no se inclinan por las ciencias, fueron tan bien empleadas que uno termina adoptándolas como propias y llegando a amarlas incluso. Necesariamente pormenorizada, esta historia me atrapó ni bien surgió el enigma, caído de entre las páginas de aquel precioso manuscrito. Me sentí parte de esa perfecta ventura, como si estuviese destinada a conocer los acontecimientos aquí narrados y maravillarme de esta forma.La alucinante historia construida por la asombrosa mente de Verne no deja de deslumbrarme.

  • David
    2019-03-16 14:18

    Before reading this book, I had taken a glance at some of the reviews posted by others. To my surprise, there had been a lot more negative reception than I had expected, even though at some time or another, any novel will find its detractors.One of the criticisms I came across was that of this novel "being too descriptive, and long-winded", and comments of that nature.Now, after having just finished the book, I feel at liberty to respond to these statements as being misguided or unwarranted. By reading only a fraction of Jules Verne, it shouldn't take too long to recognize that his style of writing is of the 'hard-science fiction' approach. That is to say he has a greater focus on approach of scientific explanation, theorem and objective analysis of the conditions to which the characters are exposed.Rather than having a storyline more driven by plot and a character's reactions and observations. In other words, this "long-windedness" that people are criticizing is more of a self-deflecting mechanism of their inability to accept and/or comprehend this style of writing.I will sound biased by saying this, but I truly believe there is nothing you can criticize of this book or Verne's style and approach. He was ahead of his time and is just as impressive and remarkable 145 years later. To criticize him is really to ignore criticism of yourself for having found incompatible material to your liking, or for having little patience.ALL OF THIS, is to stress to others who may be interested in this to definitely give 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' a chance, at least once in your lifetime. It is 'science-fiction' that deals with extraordinary situations that occur to characters during their time periods which they lived in. Not during some futuristic-imagined reality(not to say those books aren't good either).It's all the more reason to be fascinated, in addition to the fact that the adventures within deal more with the past than with the future.I would venture to say this is 'historic-science-fiction'. It involves the history of the world, and having said that, it is relevant to everyone existing.I for one am humbled to have had the experience, not to mention it has opened new doors for learning and discovery.

  • Sofia_reads
    2019-03-15 18:30

    Lo que me costó leerlo, de no creer.Fue uno de los clásicos que más me gustaron, está llenísimo de aventuras y te la pasas tenso en todo momento al leerlo.

  • Werner
    2019-03-18 18:28

    This book suffered, at the hands of the older English translators, many of the same indignities and mutilations that I mentioned in my review of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (for instance, in the version I read, the Professor's name was Hardwegg, not Lidenbrock!), and this no doubt produces a reading experience much inferior to the one Verne actually intended; but even reading it in one of these impaired translations, it came across to me as one of Verne's better books, and one of those that best stand the test of time. The characters are actually interesting, the quest is a genuinely intriguing one into a fascinating and well-realized setting (the descriptions, for once, really are descriptive, not lists of plant and animal species :-)) and there is a sense of adventure, with a climax that truly is climactic -- though I felt that it was followed by a rather lame ending. That, however, doesn't really detract from the story itself.Verne's speculations about the interior of the earth, of course, don't match the theories of modern science. (His various references to fossils and to the great age of the earth, BTW, reflect old-earth creationism --he was a practicing Catholic-- which in his day was more dominant than the modern young-earth variety, rather than classical Darwinism.) This, however, didn't pose any problem for my suspension of disbelief. My main criticism of the book is his Victorian sexism: the professor's niece (who's probably as brave and capable as Axel), as the party is setting out, bemoans the fact that she can't go because she's a woman --and nobody has sense enough to tell her, "Hurry up, you've got ten minutes to pack a knapsack!" :-)

  • Chris
    2019-03-05 16:21

    When I go on a Great Adventure, I like to bring a book with me which also chronicles a great adventure. This is for two reasons; first, to urge me on in my own adventure and push the boundaries of what is expected on said adventure, and second, to give me something entertaining to read about a great adventure should mine turn out less than spectacular. After reading From The Earth To The Moon by Verne and finding it totally awesome, I figured another Verne story couldn’t go astray to satisfy these criteria. I was wrong on all accounts this time; the trip I took with Jess’s family to Podunk, Wisconsin to go canoeing and partying was a dismal failure, mainly because her hick family couldn’t get their act together and spent the majority of the time shuttling to and fro between our campsite and her relatives about 45 minutes away. An hour and a half round trip, and in 3 days we made that trip about 5 times, once simply to bring her dad some fricking lunch since her recently-divorced parents weren’t speaking. That was ridiculous. So, during these drives, and while sitting alone in a canoe on a placid lake smoking roughly a carton of cigarettes, I killed off Journey to the Centre of the Earth. And it was about as fulfilling as the Wisconsin trip was turning out. Wonderful, stuck in Wisconsin, bored as hell, reading a clearly inferior book. Just what I needed. In comparison to From The Earth To The Moon, this book falls very short of the high quality I expect from my main man Jules. There’s almost nothing even remotely humorous in Journey, a complete deviation from Earth To Moon. The trek that narrator Axel and his wise uncle Professor Lindenbrock embark upon is unbearably tedious, both to the daring, dauntless pair and to the reader. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that it actually begins rather promisingly, as some ancient Icelandic runes confirm to the pair that there is a route to the Earth’s core, previously explored by some Scandinavian lunatic, and they prepare at once to follow in his footsteps by entering the mouth of the volcano Snafell. Believe me, the investigative wit they display and their academic tedium is actually pretty awesome, and all is going well when they enlist the help of a local maniac named Hans (who, throughout the story never wavers as the most solid and majestic character) but it isn’t long after descending down the path described previously by Arne Saknussemm that this story completely hits a brick wall. This is partially understandable, there really isn’t many ways you can make a trio of dudes crawling through the earth’s mantle very exciting, as sci-fi laureate Kim Stanley Robinson (author of a pretty good Mars trilogy) points out in the introduction; the repetition of them going deeper and deeper can put the brain to sleep. There are more references to going down than in most erotic literature, and they never quit; until the big pay-off; the discovery of a giant ocean they find over a hundred miles below the earth’s surface, and after sailing across it, discovering what can only be described as the Land of The Lost. While you would think that the conclusion at least offers some satisfaction, this isn’t the case. After dropping monikers involving their own names on everything they come across and skirting around the subterranean forests and fossils, the mighty ‘Snafell’ erupts, ejecting them into the Mediterranean, where they discover they were headed the wrong direction the whole time. Nothing but clowns and spelunkers.

  • Alayne
    2019-03-04 13:36

    4.5/5Verdaderamente empezaba a ser convencido por los argumentos del profesor. Aparte, él les otorgaba más valor debido a su pasión y entusiasmo.-Lo ves, Axel -añadió-, que el estado del núcleo central ha suscitado distintas hipótesis entre los géologos: no hay nada que demuestre que posee ese calor interior; según mi opinión, no existe ni puede existir; lo veremos, y además, como Arne Saknussemm, sabremos a qué atenernos sobre este importante problema. -Sí, -le contesté, dejándome arrastrar por su entusiasmo-; lo veremos, si es posible.-¿Y por qué no? ¿No podremos contar con los fenómenos eléctricos, y aun con la misma atmósfera, cuya propia presión puede hacerla luminosa en las proximidades del centro de la tierra?-Sí -dije-. Sí, sí. Es posible, después de todo.-Esto es cierto -replicó triunfalmente mi tío-; pero silencio, ¿me entiendes? Silencio sobre todo esto, para que a nadie se le ocurra la idea de descubrir antes que nosotros, el centro de la tierra.Muy buen libro. Las primeras 150/200 páginas son entretenidísimas. El Tío Lidenbrock es lo más gracioso y divertido que existe. Pero, che, hubo algunas partes que no me convencieron (muy pocas).Casi dudo en ponerle cuatro porque, una vez que llegan al centro de la tierra, está todo bien, sí, pero pensé que iba a haber más aventuras dentro de él, no que todo se tratara de cómo escaparon de ésto, qué pasó después de que sufrieron una cosa, y así. No sé, esa parte no terminó de convencerme, pero después, ¡el libro es buenísimo! Un verdadero clásico de alguien tan espectacular y revolucionario como Julio Verne. Seguramente lo siga leyendo, porque tengo más libros suyos en casa.Se lo recomiendo a cualquiera. Y no tengo mucho más que decir, porque sólo queda que cada uno lo lea y lo disfrute sin saber nada antes, creo yo.

  • David Sarkies
    2019-03-11 18:24

    Descent into the Underworld9 November 2015 This is actually a really cool story and both times I've read it I really enjoyed it. Mind you it probably goes without saying that it is classic science-fiction however I am actually really hesitant to put it into that category because it is much more like and adventure novel. Okay, it does work on this theory that the centre of the Earth is actually not as hot as we think it is – in fact it is pretty cold – which means that it is possible to travel to its depths to find a huge network of caverns hidden away from the eyes of humanity. Mind you, I suspect that this idea has been proven false, (or nobody is actually all that game to descend into a volcano to see if Jules Verne is actually right) but it doesn't stop Verne was writing an awesome adventure story. I'm sure you all know the plot of this book, and if you haven't read it you have probably seen the Brendan Fraser movie of the same name (which I have to admit I really like as well), but if you have been living under a rock for, say, most the 20th Century (though I am sure there are people out there that haven't heard of this book because I'm showing my Euro-centric side of me here) it is about this scientist, and his nephew, who discover a tunnel that descends into the centre of the Earth, and they decide to pack up and head off to Iceland for a bit of an exploration. They end up descending into the tunnel, go on an awesome adventure, and then get spat out of a volcano at the end. As I have suggested, it's hardly one of Verne's most realistic novels (20000 Leagues Under the Sea and From the Earth to the Moon are much more realistic) and there are a number of events in this book that make me shake my head. Okay, ignoring the fact that the centre of the Earth is like full of lava that will burn you to a crisp if you even think of going down there, there are some other oddities as well. For instance they stumble across a number of dinosaurs, as well as a race of giants, that happen to live down there as well. The reason I find this a little unrealistic is that most living creatures actually need exposure to the sun to be able to live a healthy life. Okay, generations of creatures could end up adapting to this subterranean world, but I doubt they would be dinosaurs and their ilk (and if anything they would be blind and move about through the use of sonar). Another thing that I noticed as I read this book is that Verne takes a particular interest in geology. Verne was a voracious reader and in many of his books describes many of the scientific ideas behind the world that he explores. 20000 Leagues explores oceanography in minute detail, while in this book he explores the science of geology. The thing about Verne is that he wasn't a scientist, he was a lawyer, so much of his writings is of a person who has a keen fascination in the scientific world, but not being a scientist himself. The other thing that I noticed is that he writes from a Christian viewpoint. The ideas that come out of his books regularly talk about creation and the Biblical model of the foundations of the world. Okay, he wasn't a literal seven day creationist, however you can tell that there is an acceptance of the concept of intelligent design – one thing Verne wasn't was an athiest. I have to say that this little book has had a huge impact upon the course of literature (actually a lot of Verne's writings have had such an impact) and as I was reading it I couldn't help but think of how the creators of Dungeons and Dragons have used their concepts in the worlds that they created. In fact as his heroes were wandering through the darkness I was almost half expecting them to run into Drizzt and the city of Menzoberranzan. Okay, I do find it a little odd that the drow actually have ebony skin when creatures who live in a subterranean world would actually become albino, but I guess that is what happens in a fantasy setting. The other thing I noticed about this book is that there is no adversary. A lot of people suggest that all great works of literature (and quite a lot of pretty ordinary works as well) all have an adversary, however this seems to be lacking in a number of Verne's works. Okay, you might suggest that the adversary is the Earth itself, and the inhospitable terrain that they are exploring, but it still goes to show that you can write a rip roaring great story, and a piece of classic literature, without having some bad guy to overcome. Oh, and I've written a piece of fan-fiction on my blog where I speculate how the world would have turned out if Verne's idea actually turned out to be true.

  • Robert
    2019-02-22 18:32

    This is genuine science fiction from 1864. It is a straight-forward read about a man who's uncle, an eminent Professor of mineralogy, discovers a secret manuscript detailing the entrance to a passage leading to the centre of the Earth, written three hundred years before by a man who claims to have been there and returned. The nephew, reluctant and fearful, is dragged along on an expedition to re-discover the route - if it really exists.Perhaps a little too much time is spent getting to the subterranean adventures, perhaps not enough time detailing them, but the book is too short for me to ever get truely bored - brevity is a virtue to be aspired to when novel writing, in my view. It may be that the description of a journey from Germany to Iceland would seem exotic and interesting to his audience, few of whom would know much about that northern island. What is certain is that Verne was fully aware of the state of Geology in his time, though it is not clear to me how plausible or otherwise his speculations about the structure of the world below the surface we live on would have been to a contemporary readership. It took another hundred years to complete a self-consistent and convincing theory of the complete structure of the Earth, ruling out Verne's speculations categorically. Such is the way of science-fiction; writers speculate based on the knowledge of the day. Sometimes they are prophetic, more often they are wrong, but the best of them are entertaining and worthwhile regardless - even more than 140 years later!

  • Heena Rathore P.
    2019-03-08 11:24

    DNFThere's so much SCIENCE that I can't even.... finish it!!!

  • Dusty Folds
    2019-03-14 19:35

    Seriously, what is this book? Is it a sci fi novel, is it a travel manual, is it a textbook? The only redeeming quality it had was that the narrative was written in such a way to make the reading rather quick. With that being said, though, I was more than a little disappointed. I thought I would be reading a fantastical story about a mystical journey and what I got was a lesson on geology, geography, history, science, and more. Verne's narrator is not sympathetic at all. His persistent whining made me wish he would die in the center of the earth. I pitied the poor girl who was destined to marry him when he returned from his trip.About 100 pages into the story, one of the characters says that the journey is now about to begin. I felt that way by that point. My edition was about 200 pages or so, and the journey BEGINS on page 100. The pages leading up to this did not have any material that warrented this delay in the story. The journey itself, though, was not even that interesting. I found myself repeated saying, "I don't care what happens to these characters. Just end the book already."My advice--watch the Brenden Fraser movie. It will be a much better experience.

  • Beatriz
    2019-03-25 13:38

    Es un libro de aventuras por excelencia, que atrapa de principio a fin. Está escrito en primera persona, bajo la mirada del sobrino del excéntrico científico protagonista de la historia, al que acompaña, no sin cierta reticencia, en su alocado viaje. Esta reticencia hace que cuestione permanentemente las conclusiones de su tío con un estilo mordaz que ameniza aún más la lectura. Adicionalmente, los acompaña en su empresa un guía islandés, personaje que inevitablemente generará simpatía en el lector por su incondicionalidad en la descabellada empresa.En contra sólo menciono una agotadora descripción, en cada capítulo, de detalles geográficos, geológicos, mineralógicos, paleontológicos, botánicos, entre otros, que, para cualquiera que no sea un verdadero especialista en alguna de estas disciplinas científicas, se transforman en partes agobiantes, que se pasan lo más rápido posible.

  • Francis
    2019-03-05 15:37

    I'm not going to go into a description of the plot because the title says it all. I will only give my overall opinion.In picking this book up from the library I had fantastic preconceived images burned into my mind of what I might expect to read (prehestoric animals, humanoids, battles, escapes, etc.). I was more than a little disappointed to find it lacking most of those mentioned. I have read books like "Snowcrash" that blow my preconceived notions away with more than expected surprises, but "Journey to the Center of the Earth" left me wanting. Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels are supposed to expand your imagination and leave you with a sensation of awe,... not here. There are points in the story that are attention grabbing, such as discussing AS's book and the battle between the sea beasts, but for the most part it is just a story about the off-beat travels of three men. Another problem is the writing style. I would parallel it to "The Invisible Man" and "Catcher in the Rye" in the use of over-description and general wordiness. At times you just skip pages to get on with the journey. Verne describes in two pages what could have said in two sentences. Of course, if you are being paid by the word...I question the use of 'classic' for the above mentioned books because first and foremost, they must be enjoyable reads and I didn't find any of them can't-put-the-book-down-good. Second, they must be applicable to more than just the day they were written. Unless 'classic' is meant to mean 'old' the term just doesn't apply to these books. But,... feel free to disagree.

  • DramaQueen
    2019-03-25 11:39

    My second Verne. Another adventurous and creative tale, which really fired up my imagination (especially the forest of gigantic mushrooms; that just sounds too awesome to be true). Even though this is probably Verne's most well known book, I enjoyed Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea way more. Maybe because when reading that, I didn't know what to expect, and because I loved it, my expectations for this one were too high. But the endless scientific details were sometimes just too much for me. Still quite excited to pick up more Verne though; I have a copy of The Mysterious Island waiting for me on my shelves. “We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.” ― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • Mahsa Tahmasebi
    2019-03-07 19:34

    چهار ستاره برای لذت زمانی که راهنمایی بودم

  • Rita
    2019-03-21 13:23

    Sempre que olho para um título de Jules Verne acho que já li o livro. Sei de cor o nome de personagens como o Capitão Nemo e o Professor Aronnax de Vinte Mil Léguas Submarinas ou o Phileas Fogg e o Passpartout de A Volta ao Mundo em Oitenta Dias, ou mesmo Mary e Robert Grant de Os Filhos do Capitão Grant.Se li estas obras foi há tanto, mas tanto tempo que a memória mistura as aventuras dos livros com as imagens dos filmes ou mesmo dos desenhos animados.Esta viagem ao centro da terra faz parte dos 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, e agora percebo porquê.Uma narrativa muito envolvente, cheia de aventuras que nos prende da primeira à última página. Um grande clássico.

  • Cherie
    2019-03-20 17:31

    I listened to the audio version narrated by Simon Prebble and I also read the Barnes & Noble Classic collection version. No matter what, I loved the story. I know, I am odd, I like all of the old Jules Verne stories with all of the old and sometimes wrong scientific stuff and stuffy English translations. I really wish I could read it in French. It would be so cool! For me, it is the story and all about getting there. If the characters are even remotely likable, I am a happy camper. It is no good questioning things that you just know could not be true. The book was written 150 years ago. I admire the man and his story and how he went about writing it.

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-03-22 18:17

    Somehow this wasn't nearly as fun as the first time I read it. Axel, as a narrator, is still amusingly wry and dramatic in turn, but the adventure itself seems far less huge than I'd previously thought.