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The Mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
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The Mysterious Island is another exquisite novel written by the master of adventure writing, Jules Verne. The novel has been seen as the sequel to two other famous novels written by the same author: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaway.

The story revolves around five Americans who live in a dark and harsh environment as prisoners of the American Civil War. Depleted by famine and death all around them, the five war prisoners take a big risk and escape by hijacking a hot air balloon. The five fugitives, an engineer, a servant, a former slave, a sailor and a journalist have to face an ugly and destroying storm, crashing on a mysterious volcanic island.

The five men start a new living there, but circumstances soon become mysterious when a message in a bottle turns up on the beach. With pirate attacks and erupting volcanoes these five escapees get more than they bargained for. This book is a fun read for anyone with an adventurous spirit deep inside.

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by Jules Verne



Chapter 1

"Are we rising again?" "No. On the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse than that, captain! we are falling!" "For Heaven's sake heave out the ballast!" "There! the last sack is empty!" "Does the balloon rise?" "No!" "I hear a noise like the dashing of waves. The sea is below the car! It cannot be more than 500 feet from us!" "Overboard with every weight! ... everything!"

Such were the loud and startling words which resounded through the air, above the vast watery desert of the Pacific, about four o'clock in the evening of the 23rd of March, 1865.

Few can possibly have forgotten the terrible storm from the northeast, in the middle of the equinox of that year. The tempest raged without intermission from the 18th to the 26th of March. Its ravages were terrible in America, Europe, and Asia, covering a distance of eighteen hundred miles, and extending obliquely to the equator from the thirty fifth north parallel to the fortieth south parallel... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 3, 2014
Subject: Terrible sound
Try to get through the first 4 chapters of terrible sound quality...
Reviewer: - April 7, 2014
Totally awesome all the thought the story
Reviewer: - April 3, 2014
Subject: John T Koos
Classic story, completely ruined by John T Koos who's emphasis on the wrong words, pausing that makes you think the reading is being read by Captain James T Kirk and impressions of an English man, Irish man and Scots man should be left in jokes makes some of the chapters almost impossible to follow along to! A big thank you to all those other readers for their time and excellent work.
Reviewer: - April 3, 2014
As good as, if not better than, Robinson Crusoe
Reviewer: - November 6, 2013
Subject: S
Slow start, but overall great story that I will remember forever and well read!
Reviewer: - November 4, 2013
Great book nearly ruined by the reading of John T Kooz who seems to delight in not only placing strange emphasis on words, but talking in ridiculous voices that mock the characters.
October 9, 2013
Pretty poor quality recording before chapter 4.
Reviewer: - July 23, 2013
Subject: John T. Coos
Please tell this reader to avoid placing strange emphasis on words. He also randomly switches accents and seems to put so much effort in this that he runs out of air.
Reviewer: - April 27, 2013
Subject: The Mysterious Island
The guy who reads chapters 12-18 has a really annoying voice and switches accents very distractingly. He also put strange emphasis on words and seems like he's basically trying to annoy the listener as much as possible. Other than that, great audiobook!
Reviewer: - April 22, 2013
The quality of the recording made me stop after 30mins. Need a better recording to make it enjoyable.

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