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The Mysterious Island - Shipwrecked in the Air

Gelesen von Piotr Nater

(4,115 Sterne; 13 Bewertungen)

In the final months of the American Civil War five Northerners find themselves trapped in the Southern capital of Richmond. They conceive of a plan to escape with a balloon kept nearby. However, not all goes as planned and as a powerful gale surprises them, their balloon veers off course by some thousands of miles and the five find themselves fighting desperately for their survival... (plot summary by Piotr Nater)

The present translation is by the American Stephen W. White. It first appeared in the Evening Telegraph of Philadelphia, PA and was later published as an Evening Telegraph Reprint Book (1876). According to Taves and Michaluk “Although more faithful than any other translation, this one has never been reprinted”. Still, there is still condensation and omission of some sections such as Verne's description of how a sawmill works. (taken from the Redactor's Note available at Project Gutenberg. ( Norman M. Wolcott) and Wikipedia)

"Shipwrecked in the Air", together with 2 subsequent volumes, "The Abandoned" and "The Secret of the Island", form "The Mysterious Island". (5 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01

12:43

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Chapter 02

18:46

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Chapter 03

14:50

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Chapter 04

13:50

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Chapter 05

15:33

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Chapter 06

12:40

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Chapter 07

15:57

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Chapter 08

16:18

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Chapter 09

18:41

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Chapter 10

15:12

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Chapter 11

17:46

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Chapter 12

16:37

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Chapter 13

18:35

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Chapter 14

14:13

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Chapter 15

14:08

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Chapter 16

15:11

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Chapter 17

18:21

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Chapter 18

16:05

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Chapter 19

14:53

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Chapter 20

13:46

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Chapter 21

18:36

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Chapter 22

23:35

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Bewertungen

This is only the first of 3 volumes.

(2 Sterne)

The narrator is pleasing to listen to but often difficult to understand. Since I was interested in how this translation differs from those previously published, this defect proved to be insurmountable in this respect. It also wasn't clear to me that this was only 1 of the 3 volumes described. I was disappointed about that, but at least it provided an easy way to cut my losses and find something enjoyable.