Around the World in Eighty Days


Read by TBOL3

(1.4 stars; 5 reviews)

Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly-employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(8 hr 48 min)

Chapters

In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout Accept Each Other, the One as Master, th… 12:23 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Is Convinced That He Has at Last Found His Ideal 10:20 Read by TBOL3
In Which a Conversation Takes Place Which Seems Likely to Cost Phileas Fogg Dea… 15:45 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Astounds Passepartout 7:52 Read by TBOL3
In Which a New Security Appears on the London Exchange 7:48 Read by TBOL3
In Which Fix, the Detective, Betrays a Very Natural Impatience 11:01 Read by TBOL3
Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives 6:35 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Talks Rather More, Perhaps, than Is Prudent 8:46 Read by TBOL3
In Which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Prove Propitious to the Designs of Ph… 13:20 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Is Only Too Glad to Get off with the Loss of His Shoes 14:05 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Buys a Curious Means of Conveyance at a Fabulous Price 21:09 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg and His Companions Venture across the Indian Forests, and… 18:18 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Receives a New Proof That Fortune Favors the Brave 17:04 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Descends the Whole Length of the Beautiful Valley of the … 16:49 Read by TBOL3
In Which the Bag of Banknotes Disgorges Some Thousands of Pounds More 15:05 Read by TBOL3
In Which Fix Does Not Seem to Understand in the Least What is Said to Him 15:16 Read by TBOL3
Showing What Happened on the Voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong 15:12 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and Fix Go Each about His Business 11:55 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Takes a Too Great Interest in His Master, and What Comes … 17:04 Read by TBOL3
In Which Fix Comes Face to Face with Phileas Fogg 13:37 Read by TBOL3
In Which the Master of the Tankadere Runs Great Risk of Losing a Reward of Two … 19:59 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Finds Out That, Even at the Antipodes, It Is Convenient t… 17:58 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout's Nose Becomes Outrageously Long 16:50 Read by TBOL3
During Which Mr. Fogg and Party Cross the Pacific Ocean 15:34 Read by TBOL3
In Which a Slight Glimpse Is Had of San Francisco 16:17 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg and Party Travel by the Pacific Railroad 14:43 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Undergoes, at a Speed of Twenty Miles an Hour, a Course o… 17:27 Read by TBOL3
In Which Passepartout Does Not Succeed in Making Anybody Listen to Reason 19:32 Read by TBOL3
In Which Certain Incidents Are Narrated Which Are Only to Be Met with on Americ… 17:32 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Simply Does His Duty 17:27 Read by TBOL3
Fix the Detective Considerably Furthers the Interests of Phileas Fogg 15:21 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Engages in a Direct Struggle with Bad Fortune 9:05 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Shows Himself Equal to the Occasion 20:54 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg at Last Reaches London 8:30 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg Does Not Have to Repeat His Orders to Passepartout Twice 13:42 Read by TBOL3
In Which Phileas Fogg's Name Is Once More at a Premium on the Market 9:32 Read by TBOL3
In Which It Is Shown That Phileas Fogg Gained Nothing by His Tour around the Wo… 8:14 Read by TBOL3

Reviews

Like the reader, dislike the narration

(1 stars)

Rarely am I critical of anything, especially when it's obvious the work was not only free, but submitted by someone who sounds like a young person that is still getting their feet wet. I really appreciated the reader's desire to contribute. Perhaps this particular individual has ambitions of a future career in voice work or professional narration. While I believe that anyone can accomplish what they want with practice and determination, this is obviously a review of the reader himself, but their work in its current state, and not an endorsement or criticism of the individual. The book is fantastic, while the narration is, quite unfortunately, not so. The reader does not main a constant pace, stumbles on words, and mispronounces names and locations. Additionally, there's a lack of enunciation that can only comes from either years of practice, professional coaching, or both. The version by Mark F. Smith, titled version 2, is vastly superior in quality, but then again, Mr. Smith is a professional with dozens of works both copyrighted and in the public domain.

a caveat

(2 stars)

Librivox contains many fine readings, unfortunately this version of the Jules Verne classic was far too variable in reading quality for me to enjoy. Though the reader does put some acting verve into his dialogue, he stumbles over other words as if still learning them. It is not too much to ask that readers practice 'difficult' words before committing them to a public collection. Fortunately, another version of this book is under production, having listened to initial episodes I would recommend waiting for this coming version.

I quite liked this.

(3 stars)

I suppose it was mostly shock at how different the book is to the later versions I've seen, but I thought this was a great deal of fun, and I didn't share the previous poster's objections to the reader.

Satire?

(0.5 stars)

If serious, this is a failure on many levels and the reader disrespects the listener. If satire, there are many laughs to be heard.