Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Author(s): Jules Verne
Genre: Classics
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: BN10588
Released: Oct 04, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781531865115
Narrator/s: Tim Curry
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

The story begins in May 1863, in the Lidenbrock house in Hamburg, Germany, with Professor Lidenbrock rushing home to peruse his latest purchase, an original runic manuscript of an Icelandic saga written by Snorri Sturluson (Snorre Tarleson in some versions of the story), "Heimskringla"; the chronicle of the Norwegian kings who ruled over Iceland. While looking through the book, Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel find a coded note written in runic script along with the name of a 16th-century Icelandic alchemist, Arne Saknussemm. (This was a first indication of Verne's love for cryptography. Coded, cryptic or incomplete messages as a plot device would continue to appear in many of his works and in each case Verne would go a long way to explain not only the code used but also the mechanisms used to retrieve the original text.) Lidenbrock and Axel transliterate the runic characters into Latin letters, revealing a message written in a seemingly bizarre code. Lidenbrock attempts a decipherment, deducing the message to be a kind of transposition cipher; but his results are as meaningless as the original.

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CD
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Narrator(s): Norman Dietz
Genre: Classics
Product Number C00074
Released: Oct 17, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781461841401
eAudio
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Narrator(s): Norman Dietz
Genre: Classics
Product Number Z2381
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449876623
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Narrator(s): George Newbern
Product Number Z100105306
Released: Sep 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781520018782
eBook
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Product Number EB00795242
Released: Dec 04, 2019
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Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: #9780486111612
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Product Number EB00798927
Released: Dec 09, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: #9780486830308
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Product Number EB00155345
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: #9780553902549
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Genre: Classics
Product Number EB00109670
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466803541
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Product Number EB00675199
Released: Jul 13, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Start Classics
ISBN: #9781609770709
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Product Number EB00778476
Released: Oct 30, 2019
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Publisher: Dreamscape Media
ISBN: #9781974999842
Text
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Author(s): Jules Verne
Genre: Classics
Product Number 13698
Released: Jan 01, 1988
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Unknown Publisher
ISBN: #9780061064968
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Text - Paperback
Author(s): Jules Verne
Genre: Classics
Product Number 12311
Released: Apr 05, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: #9780451528964

Professional reviews

"Noted geologist Professor Liedenbrock discovers a cryptic message hidden in the pages of an ancient volume purporting to show the way into the center of the earth. Liedenbrock determines to make this fantastic journey, insisting his 16-year-old nephew, Henry, accompany him. Tim Curry handles the verbal pyrotechnics of Verne's classic adventure, capturing the sardonic wit and droll observations of 16-year-old Henry. Writing in 1864, when explorers such as Burton, Stanley, and Livingston were charting the earth's geography, Verne created the fantastical geography of the world below based on current scientific fact. With breathtaking surety, Curry's performance takes listeners from Germany to Iceland to the bowels of the earth and back, providing humor and clarity to what could be a difficult read for today's youngsters. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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