Around the World in Eighty Days (version 2)


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.8 stars; 560 reviews)

Mysterious Phileas Fogg is a cool customer. A man of the most repetitious and punctual habit - with no apparent sense of adventure whatsoever - he gambles his considerable fortune that he can complete a journey around the world in just 80 days... immediately after a newspaper calculates the feat as just barely possible.

With his excitable French manservant in tow, Fogg undertakes the exercise immediately, with no preparations, trusting that his traveling funds will make up for delays along the way. But unbeknownst to him, British police are desperately seeking to arrest him for the theft of a huge sum by someone who resembles him, and they will track him around the world, if necessary, to apprehend him.

This is an adventure novel of the first water, with wholly unexpected perils, hair-breadth escapes, brilliant solutions to insoluble problems, and even a love story. And can this be? - That he returns to London just five minutes too late to win his wager and retain his fortune? (Summary by Mark F. Smith) (7 hr 35 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 11:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2 8:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3 15:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4 7:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 5 7:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 6 9:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 7 6:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 8 8:27 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 9 11:41 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 10 11:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 11 18:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 12 15:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 13 14:04 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 14 13:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 15 13:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 16 11:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 17 12:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 18 9:27 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 19 15:04 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 20 12:41 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 21 17:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 22 14:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 23 13:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 24 13:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 25 14:33 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 26 11:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 27 13:47 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 28 17:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 29 14:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 30 15:02 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 31 12:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 32 8:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 33 17:33 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 34 7:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 35 11:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 36 8:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 37 7:49 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

a fantastic tale read by a fantastic gentleman


(5 stars)

I have always been a fan of the old authors and stories but am a very slow reader so listening to these audio books has opened an entire fascinating world for me! Jules Verne has to be one of the best of those authors and this tale is right up there at the top of the pile. I have listened to this version probably around 6 or 7 times and it always delights and entertains me to the last. Every time I listen I hear something I missed the times before and I find this a lot with Jules Verne as all his novels have a vast depth of detail and colour. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoy a fantastical adventure in all corners of the globe. I would also like to say a thank you to Mark Smith for the reading, I think he does an amazing job and I actively search for books he has read as I know he will help bring them alive for me to enjoy! Thank you!!

A great Audiobook to get caught up in


(5 stars)

Jules Verne writes a delightful Adventure novel that is a good mix of loveable characters fantastical adventures with a noticable background of sciences and research(though fantastical). Mark reads his works with great enthusiasm. I will be continuing to favor Mark's readings, they are typically of great quality, clear, and very engaging.

Greatest ending ever


(5 stars)

What an amazing story! I've always avoided reading it because in all honesty, the title didn't make it sound that great. It was however an amazing story, read by an amazing reader, and it did indeed have the best ending I have ever encountered.

Great story and always great listening to Mark F Smith.


(5 stars)

The story was very good, exciting, suspenseful. Mark F Smith is my favorite reader and he did another marvelous job reading this story too. Would recommend

Excellent, Educational Book!


(5 stars)

The story of a 19th century journey around the world is an intriguing one! Mr. Smith does an excellent job in his narration, and I always enjoy listening to him. I learned many things about several cultures around the world. Jules Verne did a wonderful job of weaving real places and activities into his fiction. I would highly recommend this book!

Reader is "of the first water" (to quote from him)


(5 stars)

Generally most of us are rather good speakers. But alas! what happens to us, if we are to read aloud in view of a microphone. Sometimes I think this prooves, that something must be wrong with our education, when we, once made up our minds to perform aloud for recording and beeing published, react with so much - well, tension in voice and breathing, and read nearly always much too fast. Far beyond such troublesome experiences are the readings of Mark Smith, which we have here another applaudable example of, always a benefit to the ear, and a blessing for Librivox. If you buy an audio-book, you are always in danger to have to listen to a voice, articulation, or pronunciation you don´t like - not so here, and it is for free! Sound quality is now as well "cum summa laude" even at 64 Kbps.


(4 stars)

A fun paced adventure story around the world. The story is varied and the plot has some nice twists and turns to make a casual and enjoyable listen. More rewarding than the story however is the context of the novel. Here we get a wonderful insight into the world of the 19th century and the border between 'civilisation' and 'backwardness', the development of technology and transport and the beginnings of the age of colonial imperialism. The novel read/listened too with a post colonial eye/ear gives a fascinating insight into the way Europeans treated the world they were coming to fully dominate. It must also be added that insight is not always pleasant to the modern reader. Narration is wonderful a perfect and professional rendition.

A most pleasurable voyage!


(5 stars)

This was my first download of a Librivox recording. Mark Smith is to be commended on his flawless reading of this timeless classic. While some might say the timbre may be a bit stoic I found the listening to quite pleasurable. Phileas Fogg - himself a stoic character - was well portrayed with this treatment. This is not to say that Marks range in character portrayal was lacking. Rather, I found his Passepartout was perfectly cast. All other characters met along the journey also were imparted truly unique personalities I see that Librivox offers several readings of this book but I would recon that "Mark Smith, From Simpsonville, South Carolina"'s reading will be a tough one to beat. Five Star!