The Mysterious Island


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.8 stars; 1898 reviews)

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)

Chapters

1-01 The Storm of 1865. Voices in the Air. 15:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-02 An Incident in the War of Secession 21:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-03 Five O'Clock in the Evening 17:37 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-04 Lithodomes. The River's Mouth. The Chimneys. 20:21 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-05 Arranging the Chimneys. How to Procure Fire. 18:06 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-06 The Inventory of the Castaways. Expedition to the Forest. 19:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-07 Neb Has Not Yet Returned. A Threatening Night. 19:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-08 Is Cyrus Harding Living? Neb's Recital. 19:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-09 Cyrus is Here. Pencroft's Attempts. 21:47 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-10 The Engineer's Invention. Volcanic Soil. 21:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-11 At the Summit of the Cone 24:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-12 Regulating the Watches. Pencroft is Satisfied. 21:27 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-13 What is Found Upon Top 24:21 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-14 Measuring the Cliff. Latitude of the Island. 20:42 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-15 It Is Decided to Winter on the Island 18:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-16 The Question of a Dwelling is Again Discussed. 18:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-17 Visit to the Lake. The Indicating Current. 21:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-18 Pencroft Now Doubts Nothing 18:54 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-19 Cyrus Harding's Project. The Rope Ladder. 19:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-20 The Rainy Season. The Question of Clothes. 17:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-21 Some Degrees Below Zero. 20:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
1-22 Traps. Foxes. Peccaries. 26:54 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-01 Conversation on the Subject of the Bullet 20:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-02 First Trial of the Canoe. A Wreck on the Coast. 20:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-03 The Start. The Rising Tide. 21:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-04 Journey to the Coast. Troops of Monkeys. 18:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-05 Proposal to Return By the Southern Shore 21:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-06 Pencroft's Halloos. A Night in the Chimneys. 20:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-07 Plans. A Bridge Over the Mercy. 20:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-08 Linen. Shoes of Seal-Leather. 20:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-09 Bad Weather. The Hydraulic Lift. 19:18 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-10 Boat-Building. Second Crop of Corn. 19:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-11 Winter. Felling Wood. The Mill. 24:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-12 The Rigging of the Vessel 27:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-13 Departure Decided Upon. Conjectures. 20:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-14 The Inventory. Night. A Few Letters. 23:06 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-15 The Return. Discussion. 18:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-16 A Mystery to be Cleared Up. 25:33 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-17 Still Alone. The Stranger's Request. 25:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-18 Conversation. Cyrus Harding and Gideon Spilett. 22:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-19 Recollections of Their Native Land 20:30 Read by Mark F. Smith
2-20 A Night at Sea. Shark Gulf. Confidences. 23:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-01 Lost or Saved? Ayrton Summoned. 24:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-02 Discussions. Presentiments. 22:04 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-03 The Mist Rises. The Engineer's Preparations. 26:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-04 The Colonists on the Beach. 24:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-05 The Engineer's Declaration. 19:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-06 Expeditions Planned. Ayrton at the Corral. 21:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-07 The Reporter and Pencroft in the Corral 18:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-08 The Convicts in the Neighborhood of the Corral 10:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-09 No news of Neb. A Proposal. 20:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-10 Herbert Carried to Granite House 17:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-11 Inexplicable Mystery. Herbert's Convalescence. 20:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-12 Exploration on the Serpentine Peninsula. 20:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-13 Ayrton's Story. A Subterranean Volcano. 24:37 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-14 Three Years Have Passed. The New Vessel. 22:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-15 The Awakening of the Volcano. The Fine Season. 27:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-16 Captain Nemo. His First Words. 22:28 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-17 Last Moments of Captain Nemo 19:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-18 Reflections of the Colonists 31:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-19 Cyrus Harding's Account of His Exploration 27:50 Read by Mark F. Smith
3-20 An Isolated Rock in the Pacific 12:35 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

JV

(5 stars)

fantastic story Mr Verne as are all your books, full marks to the narrator who read this adventure perfectly

the greatest

(5 stars)

One of my favorite books. Hoorah to narrator Mark Smith, who is one of my favorite readers.

Adventures & Entertaining, Fabulous reader

(4 stars)

Entertaining castaway story, kepted one drawled in. Another example of why Jules Verne was such a great writer. The mayor short coming of the story was; that they landed on the inland with only the clothes on there back, but they made so much. The Engineer was like The Professor of Gilligan's Island and MacGyver all rolled into one. Reader amazing!!!

wonderful jules verne adventure. excellent narrator

(5 stars)

all the elements of Jules Verne gripping stories. an adventure of grand scale in beautifully crafted environments; which bring to life a band of disparate characters for whom we become affectionate. a good length for several sittings and excellent narration by mark smith had me enthralled as a child at bedtime stories. the cream of librivox experience

Glenda Harper

(5 stars)

It was my constant companion for days! Mark Smith's presentation brought every character to life so that I could see each one in my mind's eye. The telling was articulate, never monotonous, and always right on the mark with the story. Thank you for a wonderful week with unforgettable people on the Mysterious Island. A grand adventure by Jules Verne!

Bravo from Borneo

(5 stars)

Outstanding tale and very well read. What a heroic adventure. So much detail...I was totally captivated throughout. I've spent the last few years listening to sci-fi books. This classic was such a surprising break and I'm so pleased I gave it a listen. On to other Jules Verne classics now.

Murder Mystery Theatre, "The Butler Did It," with Mark Smith

(5 stars)

this most excellent experience of listening to this reading by Mark Smith could only have been improved by NOT reading his description of the book, which totally revealed the mystery of the island and also gave away the ending. Spoilers, man.

An Epic Tome - Spoiler Alert!

(4 stars)

Typically descriptive and flowing with imagery and education. Classic Verne. Beautifully read. SPOILER ALERT! Sad that the very mysterious key of the whole book is revealed in the description, which clearly needs rewriring to spare future readers' spoiled enjoyment.