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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  160,461 ratings  ·  5,751 reviews
An adventurous geology professor chances upon a manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a route to the earth's core. Professor Lidenbrock can't resist the opportunity to investigate, and with his nephew Axel, he sets off across Iceland in the company of Hans Bjelke, a native guide. The expedition descends into an extinct volcano toward a sunless se ...more
Paperback, Penguin Popular Classics, 254 pages
Published October 27th 1994 by Penguin (first published November 25th 1864)
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Ian Anderson Get a multiskilled, uncomplaining, loyal servant.
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 previou…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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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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
(866 From 1001 Books) - 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 Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne.

The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano, e
James Tivendale
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
"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
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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So my first experience of this story was the 1959 film (a good year ha ha), that I saw probably in my early teens, normally around the Christmas time. I have a penchant for 1950s sci-fi "B" movies and this film was certainly part of my drive to read the books that were made into the wonderful films.
So some time in the mid 70s I read this book and discovered there were loads more that I knew I would enjoy.
So fast forward 40 years and I've probably watched the 50s movie more than I've read the boo
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
Well that was fun.

I staged an unarmed raid on the library and with some guilt I made off with Journey to the Centre of the Earth, my instinct was that this is a children's book and so taking it was the equivalent of grabbing an ice cream or a lollipop from a wailing child, though on reflection unlike the ice cream the book can be consumed a few times before it's glue binding cracks and the bound pages flutter free. This edition even comes with 3-D glasses - finally an immersive text, one can sli
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Deanna
This novel by Jules Verne is not only deemed a classic, but also a jam-packed adventure set in the 19th century. Verne mixes the wonders of a story that would be considered fanciful in its day (and today, as well) with some scientific discussions to keep the reader on their toes. While I have steered away from classics for reasons all my own, I am pleased that I was nudged to read this book.

The story opens in May 1863, with Axel Lidenbrock living in Germany, alongside his uncle, Professor Otto
A bit too pedantic for me, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is full of half-baked scientific notions and unproven theories put forth in a dry, scholarly manner, which does nothing for the story at hand. Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel and their stalwart and phlegmatic guide Hans are the characters making the journey. They start in Iceland by climbing down into a dead volcano.

As they make their way, the reluctant Axel is always begging his uncle to go back. His Uncle Otto then berates
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a pure joy to read this wonderful story of adventure, I felt entertained the whole way through.
I loved the characters, the writing style and the plot so incredibly much. I can't even explain why, I just had a good feeling every time I picked up this book.
Jeffrey Keeten
”The tension between the armchair and adventure, between security and possibility, lies at the heart of Verne, as of his age--an age of scientific, technical , industrial, colonial expansion, but also of questioning and reverie...The template of Verne’s great novels [is] a fusing of myth and the real; a new, modern, awestruck apprehension of the manmade and the natural; a dream--yet sometimes nightmare--of the possibilities of mankind, technology and the sublime.” ---From the introduction by Tim ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
Let's go on an adventure!

But first, an apology to Mr. Verne. I avoided this book for many years because I'm a fan of planetology and anyone who attempts to convince me that they can get this deep into the crust has GOT TO BE SHITTING ME. So what did I do? I avoided it.

Never mind when this came out and never mind about dinos and giants and lightning storms and great underground oceans and a very distinctive and cooler mantle.

As Science Fiction, with just a grain of credulity, the novel is GREA
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 w
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
I read this because a modern kindle (The Maw, by Taylor Zajonc), which I finished reading just before this, quotes from it extensively, and obviously took it as its inspiration. The Maw was an adventure tale exploring a supercave in Africa, on the trail of a famous - but of tainted repute - explorer who was lost with no trace a century earlier. Verne's tale is an adventure tale exploring a supercave system, whose expedition was launched based on the lost hints of a learned man who had fallen int ...more
Amy Norris
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, adventurous, and original. Jules Verne is considered the father of science fiction for a reason. His books, in my opinion, hold up better than most classics out there. I can only imagine how exciting it must have been reading his stories back the 1800s.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is not Verne’s strongest work but is still a fast-paced and fun read. The story follows a professor, his nephew, and their trusty Icelandic guide as they journey down through the Earths crusts.

Verne’s stor
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! ...more
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
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This oldie but goody was a major thrill ride. While I was listening I kept getting lost in the story. But then again I love Science, so the whole story fascinated me.

Possible spoiler...

And because of my love for Science I was able to predict where the voyagers in the story ended up before Verne revealed the location in the narrative.

In my opinion, Verne’s stories never get old. They are as fresh and exciting as they were when they were first published in the 19th Century.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that I've been meaning to read for the longest time. I found a copy many years ago in a charity shop, and ever since then I would look at it regularly and think I will read that soon, but then it would slip my mind whenever I was selecting my next book. I watched the film with Brendan Fraser when it came out which added to my interest in reading the book, but I still just never got around to it. However I think that worked out well, as I was able to read this as a buddy read which really ...more
Ashley Daviau
Thank god I read this through Serial Reader or I never would have been able to get through this. I thought it was so long and dragged out. There were so many boring and unnecessary descriptions and it lacked a lot of the action and excitement that I thought it would have. It was extremely drab and quite honestly, it nearly bored me to tears!
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The great visionary Jules Verne wrote this imaginary-scientific-metaphorical book in 1864 (it is difficult to define it). Someone insists on listing it in children's literature, but I disagree at all. It is a book that can (and must) be read at all ages.
It all starts with an old book, the Heims-Kringla of Snorre Turleson, an Icelandic text of the twelfth century, in which a luminary of Mineralogy, Professor Lidenbrock, finds an encrypted message composed of runes. The translation of the message
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
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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
Ujjawal Sureka
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Travel, Fantasy.
Publication Date: 1864

- The book has a comic element and the writing is very animate. There is an energy that can be felt from the excitement and anticipation that the characters portray.
- The journey and the scenes are elaborate and are well described. Some of them inspiring awe and wonder.
- The first one third of the book does not incite much fun or excitement for me. But as soon as the Journey to the Center of the Earth commences, begins the exciteme
Katie Lumsden
I quite enjoyed this, but it was a bit of a disappointment for me, especially in comparison with Around the World in Eighty Days. It was quite fun, but I felt like the second half didn't quite live up to the first half. ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, I watched a TV series that was based on this book, and in these movies, there were action, thrilling scenes and many characters, including 2 women, if my memory doesn't fail me. And I watched 2 movies with modern special effects in the cinema too. So I was expecting something interesting and exciting from this book, but there are only 3 main characters (all male), with only 2 characters speaking (the annoyed and irascible Professor Lidenbrok and his nephew), and the Icelandic g ...more
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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