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About the Author

Jules Verne (1828-1905) used a combination of scientific facts and hisimagination to take readers on extraordinary imaginative journeys to fantastic places. In such books as Around the World in Eighty Days, From the Earth to the Moon, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, he predicted many technological advances of the twentieth century, including the invention of the automobile, telephone, and nuclear submarines, as well as atomic power and travel to the moon by rocket.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Verne Press (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492851
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,692,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Journey to the Center of the Earth was incredibly slow. It took 100 pages for them to get to the volcano, walk around, and run out of water. That is half of this 200 page novel. I struggled through this book because all I could think for the first half of the novel was “Nothing….is…happening.”

Another thing I struggled with was the science. I understand that this is (a) science fiction and (b) written over 100 years ago, but it got to the point where the only way I was able to enjoy the story was to pretend I knew nothing after 8th grade science. Then! When we get to the really cool part of the story that really is awesome science fiction, it’s barely talked about.

Seriously, what is going on with this story.

The small amount of dry British humor was amusing. One of the most amusing things was that the nephew argued with the uncle and the nephew was defending the scientific views that we accept today while the uncle defended scientific views I have never heard of. It made me laugh but I’m not entirely sure that it was supposed to be funny. The way the story went made it seem like it was defending the uncle’s view of science.

There were a few gems in the writing. Here’s my favorite quote from the book.

Our principle is, that books, instead of growing mouldy behind an iron grating, should be worn out under the eyes of many readers.

-Jules Verne, A Journey to the Center of the Earth Chapter 10

Overall, I regret to say that I found this science fiction classic to be boring and the science part of the science fiction to be a little too outdated to full enjoy the story.
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Introduction was a little below average, translation OK, notes were OK, end material a little above average. Overall - a 3

This is quintessential Verne. Unlike some of his other novels, however, the science in this one has not borne fruit and has proven to be largely wrong. This makes it a little more of a fantasy, but it has certainly inspired countless stories of men encountering prehistoric creatures. So, have fun reading it as another amazing journey. The book gets a 4, so the overall is 3 1/2.
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By Luv on September 7, 2009
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Believe it or not at 65 I never read this book or saw the movie.
It kept me rivited to the chair. I'd read until I couldn't keep my eyes open, then get back to it ASAP. The characters came to life for me. I'd recommend it to adults and kids. It was a Kindle FREEBIE...Imagine that?!
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