Trade Ed. Listening Library 2004
CD ISBN 0307206424 $29.95 Seven CDs
Library Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 0307206289 $40.00 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 0307206823 $55.00 Seven CDs
Commemorating Listening Library's 50th Anniversary, the publisher reprises the first book recorded as an audiobook in 1955. This new edition, read by Jim Dale, offers a good, if not brilliant, rendition of Verne's 1873 classic. Dale paces himself to Verne's narrative, which seems a bit slow and plodding. As the urgency of the circumnavigation increases, Dale's characters seem to gather more vitality. When Phileas Fogg, the focused English gentleman, and his resilient servant, Passepartout, encounter the boisterous Americans, Dale's interplay with the characters shines. Listeners will certainly enjoy some of Verne's satire, the geography, and the "modern" advances of travel in their nineteenth-century context. R.F.W. 2006 Audie Award Winner © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]
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