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Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages #3)

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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 prehistoric ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Bantam (first published November 25th 1864)
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Joya Joseph Theories can be trumped by reality and thus do not confuse the two.
Rory Generally they are standalones but there are some that have links (e.g 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea & The Mysterious Island) or are sequels to…moreGenerally they are standalones but there are some that have links (e.g 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea & The Mysterious Island) or are sequels to previous titles (e.g From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon).

I would personally suggest starting with his first few books like Five Weeks in a Balloon, Adventures of Captain Hatteras, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Paris in the Twentieth Century (though the last one may be harder to find) to get a feel for this writer's style, I've read all of these so far and enjoyed them.(less)

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Stephen
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 ...more
James Lafayette  Tivendale
"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
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Manny
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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:

Dead Parrot

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 t
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Shovelmonkey1
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old skool sci-fi fans
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
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. Geo ...more
Leo .
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
Tracey
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 wa
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Ahmad Sharabiani
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 ar ...more
Matthew
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 a
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Dirk Grobbelaar
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 hum
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Mahdi Lotfi
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 تصوی ...more
منال الحسيني
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
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good it's almost on the level of the Scrooge McDuck comic based on it!
Sonia
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: v-i-books, owned
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 suced
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David
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sofia_reads
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th century fiction (esp. science fiction), and of adventure fiction
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 ...more
Chris
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: calm someone down.
Recommended to Chris by: previous book by author
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 the ...more
Alayne
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviews
4.5/5


Verdaderamente 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 po
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David Sarkies
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love a classic adventure
Recommended to David by: I wanted to read Jules Verne
Shelves: adventure
Descent into the Underworld
9 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
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Robert
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, french
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 subte
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Heena Rathore P.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, fiction
DNF

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

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Dusty Folds
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 m
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Beatriz
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 lec ...more
Francis
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 "
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DramaQueen
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. ...more
Mahsa Tahmasebi
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
چهار ستاره برای لذت زمانی که راهنمایی بودم
Rita
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 1001btrbyd
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 do
...more
Cherie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Arielle Walker
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.
Shauni Marie
It was AWESOME I want to go to the center of the Earth now!!
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

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