The Mysterious Island (version 2)


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(4.4 stars; 12 reviews)

The book tells the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. As famine and death ravage the city, five northern prisoners of war decide to escape by the unusual means of hijacking a balloon. The five are Cyrus Smith, a railroad engineer in the Union army (named Cyrus Harding in some English translations); his black manservant Neb (short for Nebuchadnezzar), who Verne repeatedly states is not a slave but an ex-slave who had been freed by Smith; the sailor Bonadventure Pencroff (who is addressed only by his surname, but his "Christian name", Bonadventure, is given to their boat; in other translations, he is also known as Pencroft); his protégé Harbert Brown (called Herbert in some translations), a young boy whom Pencroff raises as his own after the death of his father (Pencroff's former captain); and the journalist Gedéon Spilett (Gideon Spilett in English versions). The company is completed by Cyrus' dog 'Top'.
After flying in stormy weather for several days, the group crash-lands on a cliff-bound, volcanic, unknown (and fictitious) island. They name it "Lincoln Island" in honor of American President Abraham Lincoln. With the knowledge of the brilliant engineer Smith, the five are able to sustain themselves on the island, hoping that they will one day escape. (Summary by Wikipedia) (23 hr 22 min)

Chapters

01 - Volume I Chapter 1 16:36 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
02 - Volume I Chapter 2 23:48 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
03 - Volume I Chapter 3 18:58 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
04 - Volume I Chapter 4 19:49 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
05 - Volume I Chapter 5 15:44 Read by Craig Gulliver
06 - Volume I Chapter 6 17:04 Read by Craig Gulliver
07 - Volume I Chapter 7 19:10 Read by Craig Gulliver
08 - Volume I Chapter 8 20:18 Read by Phil Griffiths
09 - Volume I Chapter 9 21:17 Read by JimD
10 - Volume I Chapter 10 21:44 Read by JimD
11 - Volume I Chapter 11 25:14 Read by Don Halpert
12 - Volume I Chapter 12 22:08 Read by Don Halpert
13 - Volume I Chapter 13 28:53 Read by John Kooz
14 - Volume I Chapter 14 25:19 Read by John Kooz
15 - Volume I Chapter 15 23:56 Read by John Kooz
16 - Volume I Chapter 16 24:24 Read by John Kooz
17 - Volume I Chapter 17 28:29 Read by John Kooz
18 - Volume I Chapter 18 21:57 Read by John Kooz
19 - Volume I Chapter 19 24:23 Read by Chuck Williamson
20 - Volume I Chapter 20 17:17 Read by Patti Cunningham
21 - Volume I Chapter 21 24:43 Read by John Kooz
22 - Volume I Chapter 22 34:59 Read by John Kooz
23 - Volume II Chapter 1 24:38 Read by John Kooz
24 - Volume II Chapter 2 25:24 Read by John Kooz
25 - Volume II Chapter 3 26:48 Read by John Kooz
26 - Volume II Chapter 4 22:36 Read by John Kooz
27 - Volume II Chapter 5 19:42 Read by anjieliu
28 - Volume II Chapter 6 18:11 Read by anjieliu
29 - Volume II Chapter 7 20:41 Read by Tom Crawford
30 - Volume II Chapter 8 21:18 Read by Tom Crawford
31 - Volume II Chapter 9 18:50 Read by Tom Crawford
32 - Volume II Chapter 10 19:18 Read by Tom Crawford
33 - Volume II Chapter 11 24:41 Read by Tom Crawford
34 - Volume II Chapter 12 27:35 Read by Tom Crawford
35 - Volume II Chapter 13 22:26 Read by Theresa Sheridan
36 - Volume II Chapter 14 25:09 Read by Theresa Sheridan
37 - Volume II Chapter 15 14:46 Read by ToddHW
38 - Volume II Chapter 16 18:34 Read by ToddHW
39 - Volume II Chapter 17 18:03 Read by ToddHW
40 - Volume II Chapter 18 25:04 Read by JimD
41 - Volume II Chapter 19 22:51 Read by JimD
42 - Volume II Chapter 20 25:39 Read by JimD
43 - Volume III Chapter 1 23:28 Read by Don Halpert
44 - Volume III Chapter 2 21:46 Read by Don Halpert
45 - Volume III Chapter 3 24:55 Read by Don Halpert
46 - Volume III Chapter 4 22:28 Read by Don Halpert
47 - Volume III Chapter 5 17:34 Read by Fred DeBerardinis
48 - Volume III Chapter 6 18:47 Read by Fred DeBerardinis
49 - Volume III Chapter 7 15:25 Read by Fred DeBerardinis
50 - Volume III Chapter 8 9:13 Read by Anna Simon
51 - Volume III Chapter 9 20:50 Read by JimD
52 - Volume III Chapter 10 17:03 Read by Patti Cunningham
53 - Volume III Chapter 11 26:07 Read by John Kooz
54 - Volume III Chapter 12 25:30 Read by John Kooz
55 - Volume III Chapter 13 29:57 Read by John Kooz
56 - Volume III Chapter 14 28:06 Read by John Kooz
57 - Volume III Chapter 15 31:40 Read by John Kooz
58 - Volume III Chapter 16 27:39 Read by John Kooz
59 - Volume III Chapter 17 22:04 Read by John Kooz
60 - Volume III Chapter 18 33:59 Read by John Kooz
61 - Volume III Chapter 19 32:53 Read by John Kooz
62 - Volume III Chapter 20 15:04 Read by John Kooz

Reviews

Too hard to understand

(1 stars)

This is hard to understand and listen to, the reader was either too close to the mic or had the recording volume too high because most words are either blown out or muffled.

Great story

(5 stars)

love the book, listen too it atleast 5 times while working. and people will always find something to complain about so dont be scared to give this a listen based on bad reviews.

Varying voiceovers

(2 stars)

Adequate reading until Kooz, sounding like Professor Elemental off his meds, tainted what little good remained. But that's what makes this free, now, isn't it?

(4.5 stars)

I love to listen to this book. Good narrator.