The Mysterious Island
A story of castaways, similar to Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, this book details the escape from Civil War-era Richmond, Virginia, of five Northern men who dared to go aloft in a balloon in the midst of a hurricane. Deposited on a lonely island in the Pacific, they make do with Yankee ingenuity where Chance has left them nothing. Only later do they find they have a hidden benefactor: Captain Nemo, of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, who resides, alone, secretly on the island. In time, the tiny colony becomes so prosperous that it is able to rescue another castaway from an island a hundred miles away. But all their work will come to naught - their island's volcano is about to awake!(Summary by Mark)(21 hr 58 min)
A wonderful story and a great reader!
This is a wonderfully written story by Jules Verne. What a classic. I want to personally thank this reader. He did a fantastic job and I would use librivox more if he read more. He brought life to each character and made the story so much fun. Great job!
While not necessarily a literary masterpiece, this book is a great adventure that reads easily and plays out smoothly. Could be a little long and drawn out for people with a shorter attention span, but I enjoyed all of the little details. Mark Smith is one of the best readers on Librivox I'm pretty sure as well.
Great Story and Voice
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the voice of the narrator. He really draws you into the story. I wish he had also recorded 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea because that recording is of bad quality and actually sounds as if the narrator is in a submarine about 20,000 leagues under the sea...
I have never been one for older works but this one had my attention from the start. It was an amazing journey from start to finish. I just keep asking myself how can someone drift so off course in the beginning but I just remind myself it is just a book. The reader was just as phenomenal as the book and did some of the best narrating I have ever heard. Thank you librivox for yet another great piece.
the mysterious island
The recording was very bad beginning in the second part. It would only play a portion of each book two or three minutes and then it would move to the next chapter. So I did not get to enjoy the full story. Even the ending only gave me about three minutes.
wonderful story, really well read
Loved this book. I am a late starter when it comes to jules Verne, but this story is brilliant. Allegorical, philosophical, and a great adventure yarn. Mark smith is an excellent voice to listen to on the way to work. Can't fault the book or the reading of it. Well done jules, the translator, and Mark!!
My humble opinion of the genius writer
The curious castaway-story in the "Life of Pi" made me very nostalgic about the best castaway, and probably the best adventure book I've ever read - Mysterious Island. The plot in short: five Americans, escaping from the southerns during the civil war, had an air-balloon crash on an uninhabited island in the pacific ocean. The book is the story of their struggle against nature, or rather cooperation with nature, to survive. I recall reading this book when I was very young, probably 30 years ago. It had a *profound* effect on me, undoubtedly. The engineer (Cyrus Smith in the Russian translation, Cyrus Harding in the English translation... I wonder how the original French is...) immediately became my childhood hero, The engineer is super-human, he knows everything, he is skillful, inventive and smart. With his help, the castaways established a great colony on the island. It can be easily seen how fond Jules Verne is of his characters, he doesn't cease praising them, convincing the reader that these are good, honorable people who deserve the best of this life. His derogative account of the pirates provides a useful comparison point. This book also ties together two others of Verne's popular books - 20,000 leagues and children of captain Grant, which is a curious connection that somehow completes a cycle in a trilogy. I think that anyone with a scientific mind owes to himself to read this book. Give it to your children, it's a great listening or reading experience. Mark as usual does a fantastic job in narrating this book, Thank you for providing a truly memorable experience.
New Favorite book and reader
As imaginative as 20,000 leagues under the sea with a bit smoother writing, likely the best of these 3 books(Search of the Castaways). Mark does an amazing job reading this clearly and with great enthusiasm for its characters, I will be tracking down the rest of his readings as well.