Jules Verne's debut novel makes a wonderful audiobook. Delivered in tones of discovery and joy by Graham Scott, the story takes listeners on a lengthy balloon trip across what was once known as "darkest Africa." The work is whimsical, and Scott's gentle pace meshes well with its optimistic outlook. Happily, Scott moves more quickly through the tedious parts, such as the descriptions of balloon mechanics. Listeners should be mindful that the book, written in 1863, reflects colonialist attitudes. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2021]
Digital Download Spoken Realms 2019
DD ISBN $19.99
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