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Around the World in 80 Days

By Jules Verne

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This work is a part of the Lit2Go collection, a collaboration between the Florida Department of Education and the University of South Florida College of Education. Lit2Go is dedicated to supporting literacy teaching and learning by providing access to historically and culturally significant literature in K-12 schools.

Customer Reviews

Lacking Effort

I should have read the reviews before downloading as the reading is quite tedious. The transition from voices to a monotone run-through is abrupt and it gets difficult to follow along with who is speaking. The basic gist is still there but some major points were missed and I had to double back. I also noticed that during several chapters it sounded like the reader was sucking on something. The teeth clattering and spit sucking made me cringe.

Love Verne, hate this read.

As other reviewers have already pointed out, this Lit2Go recording starts out admirably, with the reader providing a nice variety of voices complete with French and British accents, and a good steady pace. I enjoyed the reader's indulgence in these effects, and was very disappointed when halfway through, Russell chooses for some reason to abandon his diligence, and blaze through the sentances as fast as he can get them out of his mouth. It renders the entire effort completely worthless in my opinion. I suffered through two chapters of the cascading waterfall of words, hoping it would get better, but finally gave up in disgust.

What a complete butchery of a classic. Lit2Go should pull this recording promptly, and re-read it with a narrater who doesn't sound like he'd rather be anywhere but behind the microphone.

An inopportune time to travel.

While stumbling and fumbling his way through one of the more enjoyable classics of literature, Mr. Russell has created a sloppy and disrespectful interpretation of Mr. Verne's wonderful story. This reading is inconsistent, at times inarticulate, and filled with gross mispronunciations. Better to read it with your own voice