Around the World in 80 Days (Unabridged)
by Jules Verne
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Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber. Combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time, Around the World in 80 Days gripped audiences upon its original publication and remains hugely popular to this day. This recording includes an afterword written by Starr LaTronica, the Youth Services Manager of the Four Country Library System in Vestal, NY, and Tim Ditlow, Publisher of Listening Library, that explains the context of Jules Verne's cultural references since his story was crafted using the predominant opinions and biases of his time.
Great book made better by Jim Dale!
I love this audiobook. It was the first I ever listened to and I got hooked. I am now a huge fan of Jim Dale and will always sing his praise.
Fabulous reading of a classic book!
Jim Dale just makes this story come alive! We enjoyed listening to this book on a trip out west, and it was pretty sad when the cds were over. What an exciting book!
Great version--if you're not reading along with the text
I bought this to use in my classroom, so the students could listen to the text we were reading. I just listened to the preview and liked Jim Dale's voice and expression SO much better than any other (or cheaper) audiobooks I could find. I didn't bother to read along with it, but I should have--this is not the class unabridged text you will find in print. The wording throughout has been modified, no doubt to suit a modern audience, which is fine, but if you are looking for an audiobook that matches the printed or e-book text, this will not suit you.
I'm giving this review 3 stars, because I wish it had said somewhere in the description that this is a newly-translated version, so I would have been forewarned before spending my money and wasting it.