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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: 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.1 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: #4,228,388 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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Most are familar with Edgar Rice Burroughs through Tarzan or the Mars series of books, but the Pellucidar series still withstands the tests of time.
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It's an entertaining read, especially if you like pulp fiction.
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on June 14, 2003
Format: MP3 CD
For Edgar Rice Burroughs, life was relatively simple. Men fell into one of three categories: muscular heroes, ordinary types, and evil, greasy villains. Women existed primarily to act as universal lighting rods that attracted either the first or third category. Regardless of the universe that ERB wrote of, these constants held with predictable regularity. With the publication of AT THE EARTH'S CORE, he began yet another series that put the hero at odds with nature, evil doers, and beautiful, virtuous women. David Innes, the handsome hero, drills down to the center of the earth in a manner that brings to mind Jules Verne's tale, both of which posit a habitable, temperate core that supports a variety of lush, prehistoric life. Despite knowing that the earth's core was held to be molten, ERB did not hesitate to bend science for the sake of a good tale. ATEC possesses both the plusses of ERB at his best and the negatives at his worst. Like Tarzan, Innes is a likable, manly sort who feels at home regardless of whether home is a jungle or a tea room. The logic of how ERB gets his hero placed in an exotic locale is irrelevant and often purely unscientific. For his Martian (Barsoom) series, he merely had his hero, John Carter, gaze at the Red Planet to effect his transport there. For his inner world series (Pellucidar), Innes used a drill machine, a device that at least tries to be scientific. Once there, Innes has the necessary adventures with beasts, villains, and beautiful women, in this case Dian the Beautiful. The workings of the plot about how he finds her, loses her, and then finds her again are almost not to the point. Where ERB excels in his ability to place the reader, who is usually a 15 year old boy, in a realm that allows imagination to run riot.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on June 21, 2006
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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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