Journey to the Center of the Earth

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What to expect

Geologist Otto Lidenbrock is perusing an ancient Icelandic manuscript when he discovers a mysterious encrypted note. The message reveals the account of a sixteenth-century explorer who claims to have found a passageway to the center of the earth.

In his quest to penetrate the planet’s primordial secrets, the impetuous professor, together with his quaking nephew, Axel, and their devoted guide, Hans, sets off immediately for Iceland. Descending through the belly of a volcano into the bowels of the earth, they discover an astonishing subterranean world of prehistoric proportions.

A classic of science fiction that helped give birth to the genre, this imaginative speculation on the earth’s nature is both a rousing adventure story and an apt portrait of the psychology of the questing scientist.

Critics Review

  • “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
  • “Verne’s imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time.”

    Daily Mail (London)
  • AudioFile Golden Voice Simon Prebble delivers Jules Verne’s classic adventure fantasy with masterful precision…Prebble’s powerful narration captures the excitement of dangerous encounters along the way, such as prehistoric animals, falling rocks, and molten lava. This classic treasure was written 144 years ago. Prebble’s perceptive narration brings Verne’s work to life. Listeners will understand why Verne is considered the father of science fiction.”


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