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  • Series: Pellucidar
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media; Unabridged edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140010081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400100811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,974,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since first appearing in All-Story Weekly magazine in 1914, Burroughs's tale of a secret prehistoric world still in existence has remained popular both in print and as fodder for numerous films. This commemorative edition offers the full text along with a map of the fictional land of Pellucidar, illustrations, a glossary, and both a new introduction and an afterword on the science used in the story. This may be a little corny by today's standards, but it's still fun.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Students of early science fiction will welcome the University of Nebraska Press's series Bison Frontiers of Imagination."—Times Literary Supplement
(Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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There is a great ending!
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This is a tough book to stop reading...it's one of those that you want to see "what happens next."
M J Heilbron Jr.
Highly recommended for fans of old style pulp!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vilbs on September 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Having already created two highly memorable science fiction heroes in Tarzan and John Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs begins his third major series with David Innes. With friend Abner Perry, they dive their "mole", or burroughing machine, straight through the earth's surface where they discover the savage land of Pellucidar. Here, where dinosaurs still exist and mankind is enslaved by the reptilian Mahars, David and his friend are forced to face unknown perils and survive in a hostile environment (and of course, win the beautiful lady).
"At the Earth's Core" is another highly entertaining science fiction novel from ERB. Even though his format is formulaic, you're always assured of fast paced adventure in his novels. Not as groundbreaking as Tarzan or as strong as John Carter, The Pellucidar series is still a worthy addition to Burroughs body of work, and it gets an extra star for the nostalgia of being a personal childhood favorite.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on January 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
A terrific adventure novel that will immerse you in a world with simple, descriptive language and rollicking action sequences, "At The Earth's Core" is an early Edgar Rice Burroughs tale, the first of several books that take place in the land of Pellucidar.

Yes, Pellucidar lies in the center of the earth. Jules Verne's take on what lies beneath differs greatly; this one less "sci-fi" and more fun...like "Jurassic Park" fun.

I think the audience most likely to be enthralled here, is the one comprised of pre-teenage boys...yet anyone who loves a a good story well told will become a fan as well.

This is a tough book to stop reading...it's one of those that you want to see "what happens next." So much so I've already ordered as many other Pellucidar books as I could find...

A synopsis is unnecessary...it's already been nicely done here at the Review site. Just know that, in a fashion that reminds me of "The Princess Bride", the "mushy" parts dovetail nicely with the "adventure" parts. The relationship between Innes and Dian is interesting, non-stereotypical, and surprisingly modern.

I was already a fan of ERB's Tarzan books.

It seems I've added another series to my "must read/own" list.

I'm afraid to read "A Princess of Mars" (the Mars series)...or perhaps I should say my bank account is.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Aycock on May 4, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
DAVID INNES AND ABNER PERRY SET OUT TO TEST THE MECHANICAL MOLE, A SORT OF SUBMARINE FOR DRY LAND, AND END UP IN THE FABULOUS WORLD OF PELUCIDAR, A JURASSIC PARK ON A WORLDWIDE SCALE. DON'T JUDGE THE BOOK BY THE AWFUL MOVIE VERSION WITH DOUG MACLURE. THIS IS A FIRST RATE ACTION ADVENTURE WRITTEN BY THE ABSOLUTE MASTER OF OTHERWORLDLY ADVENTURES. REMEMBER, THIS ONE WAS WRITTEN BEFORE WORLD WAR 1. EVERYONE ELSE COPIED MR. BURROUGHS. THIS IS THE ORIGONAL! READ IT AND ENJOY ADVENTURE THAT, LIKE FINE WINW, ONLY GETS BETTER WITH AGE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is another one of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "scientific romances". Many early sci-fi writers wrote "Hollow Earth" stories, about civilizations in the center of the Earth. This is ERB's take on that. It is a totally implausible story, but it's darn entertaining. A young man and an old man travel to the center of the Earth by way of a digging machine. There they encounter prehistoric humans, dinosaurs and a race of intelligent reptiles. This being Burroughs, the young man naturally meets a beautiful cave girl and falls in love. It's an entertaining read, especially if you like pulp fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on August 18, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edgar Rice Burroughs made a living creating far flung worlds inhabited by savage beasts, savage races, lovely damsels, muscular heroes, and brute villains. He refined this template in his vast repetoire of novels that spanned Africa, Pellucidar, Mars, Venus, the moon, and other equally exotic locales. In AT THE EARTH'S CORE, ERB began what was the first in a series of inner earth novels. I read ATEC in this Ace pocket edition. The cover illustration wonderfully captured the sense of exoticism contained within. To understand this novel, as well as anything else ERB wrote, one must grasp his sense of how human beings were created, why they were created, and when their inner core values could be revealed. At the time he wrote, the early 20th century, the controversy between the superiority of nature or nurture was swinging in favor of the former. Genetics reigned supreme. Environment was understood to be no more than a modification of what was irrevocably set in stone in one's DNA. ERB's heroes are invariably described in genetic superlatives: handsome, well-built, co-ordinated, and lithe. He rarely mentioned their mental development. The villains were the polar opposites: beastly, with sloping foreheads, and often communicated in grunts. Tarzan was ERB's foremost hero. In AT THE EARTH'S CORE, his hero is David Innes, one who is more modern than Tarzan but nevertheless possessed of inhuman strength wedded to intelligence and morality. It was not often that ERB wrote of a hero with such "normal" traits.

When one reads this book, one is often reminded that scientific accuracy was not a strong point of the author. Even when this book was published, it was pretty much settled that the earth's core was a mixture of solid rock and molten magma.
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