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By Jules Verne, Eoin Colfer, Richard Bach, Lemony Snicket

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by Edel Distribution GmbH [Vertrieb]

(first published November 25th 1864)

Original Title
Voyage au centre de la Terre
3866049560 (ISBN13: 9783866049567)
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Gawd dim it, bollocks, ShazBot and shit snacks...I am so, SO bummed that I didn’t experience Jules Verne’s novels for the first time as a young man, rather than as an aging manolescent. Reading them now, as a 41 year old, I still find myself carried away in the rollickingness of his well crafted adventures, but part of me knows deep down in my nethers that there’s a warm, gooey nostalgia that will always be missing. This giant load of empty in my core, if filled, would likely have elevated this from a really good read to a cozy memory-rewind of simpler, happier times.

*coughs bitterness from aching heart.*

Alas, my loving parents were unintentionally guilty of literary child neglect. Thus, while I really enjoyed all those afternoons watching Gilligan’s Island, I think my time would have been better utilized immersing myself in the classics of Wells, Verne, Doyle and Poe.

So, yes, it hurts...

...and I’m a little disappointed...

...maybe even a skosh angry...

But...*wipes tear* sense crying weeping uncontrollably over spilled milk** misspent reading years. I must just remember to ensure that I don’t make the same error with my own children. So far, so good.

**Why anyone would shed tears over spilled bovine teat juice is beyond me.


One of the most popular and beloved works within Verne’s 54 volume Les Voyages Extraordinaires, Journey to the Center of the Earth tells of the travels of Professor Lidenbrock, an accomplished and incredibly impatient, mineralogist, and his quiet, reserved nephew Axel.

While perusing an ancient manuscript, Lidenbrock discovers a mysterious message encrypted in runic script. After cracking the code, with unexpected help from young Axel, the professor discovers that the message describes how to locate a secret passage leading to, uh, take a wild guess. The pair immediately scamper off to Iceland where, with the help of hunter/guide named Hans Bjelke, they discover the hidden entrance and embark on a highly perilous, but even more highly enjoyable, adventure.


Verne was a consummate story-teller who never wrote down to his audience or cut corners with his material. One of the most enjoyable aspects for me about reading his stories is the scientific thoughtfulness that Verne poured into his novels. True, much of his science is badly dated and many of his theories, including the central premise of this story, have long since been disproved and relegated to nonsenseville.

However, when written, Verne was conscientious in his attempt to be as accurate as possible and employed a rigor to his plot elements and story details that few can match. This diligence was the result of Verne’s desire to use his novels to use his novels as teaching tools as well as entertainment. This is a major bonus for the reader because Verne’s devotion to authenticity actually enhances the sense of wonder by creating an air of plausibility that allows the suspension of disbelief to occur unconsciously and, thus, unnoticed.

What I’m bushing around the beat about is that I really, really enjoyed this. I’m couldn't give it the full 5 stars because I thought the initial portion of the novel (i.e., the part before the entrance to the hidden passage) took a bit too long to develop and the time spent in the most interesting segment of the journey (i.e., the [censored to avoid spoilerage] was too fleeting. Still, there is genuine wonder here and excellently drawn characters who display remarkable depth for this kind of story. Add to that an ending that is perfectly suited for the tale and you have a classic, well done adventure yarn that should be read.

Oh, a final gripe in the interest of full disclosure. The ending’s awesomeness was dampened a tad for me by the compass “mystery” which I thought was overindulged by the Jules. Two days after finishing this, I am still mildly annoyed by that snippet of the tale so I thought I would be remiss if I failed to mention it.

However, minor nits and compass annoyance aside, this was a great experience. Definitely one I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

4.0 stars.

P.S. I need to add a note to the doofus-brained asshats who put together the 1871 English translation published by Griffith and Farran. Dear Sirs, You SUCK!!! Worse, this version happens to be the one that the geniuses at Easton Press decided, in their unimaginable stupidity, to use in their collection of science fiction classic. The mind boggles. This literary assassination abridged and largely rewrote the story, even changing the main character’s name from Professor Lidenbrock to Hardwigg.

Thank Odin and Cthulhu, the unabridged audiobook I listened to was the original, quality translation. This actually gave me the ability to compare the to volumes. There is no comparison. If you are reading a version where the professor’s name is Hardwigg...toss it in the trash and find an original translation. As for the creators of the 1871 abomination, I only wish you could find yourself on the receiving end of justice...


Why does Jules Verne often remind me of Monty Python? I mean, it's not funny or anything. Perhaps I was struck by the fact that Robur-le-conquérant doesn't just feature a flying machine called the Albatross, but also gives you a precise figure for the speed of a swallow. Anyway, with further apologies:

Dead Parrot

Me: I wish to register a complaint about this novel, which I purchased not 45 years ago in this very boutique.

John Cleese: Oh yeah? What's wrong wiv it?

Me: The title is A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Cleese: And?

Me: Well, they never get to the center of the Earth.

Cleese: They almost do.

Me: They don't.

Cleese: They get more than halfway there.

Me: Excuse me, what is the radius of the Earth?

Cleese: Well guv, couldn't say offhand...

Me: I'll tell you what it is. It's 6,378 kilometers.

Cleese: Could be.

Me: And do you know how far down they get?

Cleese: I'd have to look that up...

Me: Their maximum depth is about 320 kilometers.

Cleese: I don't see your point.

Me: They get about 4.7% of the way there.

Cleese: Look guv, there's dinosaurs...

Me: My good man, I don't care how many dinosaurs there are! The story simply doesn't correspond to the title, that's all. Here, let me give you an example. Take this DVD, Anal Gangbang Slut 8. If the only thing that happened was that the woman removed her gloves, would you say I'd got my money's worth?

Cleese: She takes her shoes off as well.

Me: She does?

Cleese: Yeah.

Me: Can I swap?

Cleese: If you like guv. No skin off my nose.

Me: Done.

[Huge animated foot comes down and squashes both actors. Silly music, followed by announcer's voice]

Announcer: And now for something completely different. The All-England Summarising Proust Competition.

Contestant: Proust in his first book, talked about, talked about...

Ahmad Sharabiani

(866 From 1001 Books) - Voyage au centre de la Terre = Journey To The Centre of The Earth = A Journey to the Centre of the Earth = A Journey to the Interior of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages #3), Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne.

The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نخست ماه اکتبر سال 2010میلادی

عنوانها: «سفر به مرکز زمین»؛ «سفر به اعماق زمین»؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ انتشاراتیها: (دنیای کتاب و انتشارات امیرکبیر، و ...) ادبیات نوجوانان سده 19م

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: قدیر گلکاریان، تهران، عارف، 1370؛ در 127ص؛ چاپ دوم 1371؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی - سده 19م

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: احمد پناهی خراسانی، مشهد، باربد، 1372؛ در 226ص؛

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: جلیل دهمشکی، تهران، جانزاده، 1375؛ در 126ص؛

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: فاطمه نقاش، تهران، کوشش، 1375؛ در 106ص؛

عنوان: سفر به اعماق زمین؛ مترجم: حسین چترنور، تهران، شرکت توسعه کتابخانه های ایران، 1376؛ در 125 ص؛ شابک 9646209173؛چاپ سوم 1380، چهارم 1381؛ ششم 1384؛

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: نفیسه دربهشتی، تهران، پیمان، 1376؛ در 120ص؛ شابک 9645981255؛

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: علی فاطمیان، تهران، نشر چشم انداز، 1379؛ در 237ص؛ شابک 9644221761؛

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: مرجان رضایی، تهران، نشر مرکز، 1391؛ در هفت و 310ص؛ شابک 9789642131402؛

عنوان: سفر به مرکز زمین؛ مترجم: معصومه موسوی، قم، آوای بیصدا، 1397؛ در 32ص؛ شابک: 9786009926114؛

بارها چاپ شده است، در فرصتی دیگر همه ی نسخه ها را اگر زنده باشم خواهم نوشت

رمانی علمی–تخیلی اثر «ژول ورن» است؛ داستان این رمان در مورد یک پروفسور «آلمانی»، به نام «اوتو لیدانبراک» است که باور دارد برخی دالان‌های گدازه، به مرکز زمین می‌روند؛ او به همراه برادرزاده‌ ی خویش «اکسل» و «هانس»، که راهنمای آنهاست، از آتشفشانی در «ایسلند» پایین می‌روند، و با ماجراهای بسیاری همانند حیوانات ماقبل تاریخ، و خطرهای طبیعی رودررو می‌شوند، تا اینکه در پایان در جنوب «ایتالیا» در «استرومبولی»، دوباره به سطح زمین باز می‌گردند

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 20/09/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

James Tivendale

"As long as the heart beats, as long as your body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life"

I thought this book was brilliant and superbly well written by Venre as I will summarise below.

It follows 3 main characters:-
1) Professor Lidenbrock: a scientific genius who does not know when to quit even when the odds are less than 1% of success.
2) His Nephew, Axel: our narrator - written in a similar way to Conon-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes or Leroux's - Joseph Routabille stories. The insider following and reporting on the bizarre genius of the main character. He is also highly intelligent but worries a bit too much. He is the more human/ emotional character is this death defying adventure.
3) Hans: Our trusty hunter, servant, side-kick who is quiet, composed and saves every-ones life about 3 times.

I analysed this book as having 3 divisions in the way the story was created and therefore progressed.

To begin with - decoding a bizarre cipher, establishing the plot and the build up to the mission ending up in Iceland.

Secondly, a quite sombre, despondent and slow segment about our gang penetrating the Earth via volcano and happenings in the seedy under-passages in the worlds crust. One scene truly stood out for me here which raised the tempo. Axel finds himself lost from his crew with no rations, no light - really no hope. This scene was harrowing and claustrophobic as a reader we obviously put ourselves in that nightmare scenario. That was gripping.

Finally, about the last 40% is all full of over enthusiastic energy and vigour and it is great. Superbly paced narrative at this point including scenes of seeing fighting prehistoric monsters, being lost at sea in unbelievable and intense electric storms and if that all wasn't fun enough - to conclude they get rip-roaringly catapulted out of a volcano!! The book has some great set pieces.

For some people I can see it is not an easy read. It is very science-based and used so much specialist language that it could put people off. I have said previously that this wasn't an issue to me as I believe the effort you put in to a book rewards the overall outcome. I am not a scientist but if I want to be in this world I have to adapt, enjoy and sometimes even learn the relevant terminology to get in to the characters minds.

The first 2 sections I mentioned were 4 star. The final section is 6 star - hence the review. It is reminiscent of Conon-Doyle's adventure tale The Lost World but instead of Professor Challenger and friends going up a formation/ mountain to find an amazing world, Professor Lidenbrock and chums do the opposite and go down.

I think this was free or about £0.99 on kindle so definitely worth picking up. I will hopefully read another of the Extraordinary Voyages books soon and hope they follow in the same vein.

James x

Leo .

When I was young I read this book and most of his others too. I used to wonder about the Hollow Earth and often compared it to Middle Earth and Midgaurd. Alice down the rabbit hole. Shamballa and Hades. Like At The Earths Core this book opens the imagination to an inner realm. I have researched this concept and it is very fascinating indeed. The diary of Admiral Byrd is worth looking into. Agartha. Ancient discoveries have been made illustrating this concept. Were these greats of literature on to something?
Himmler believed in the concept and it is now proven fact that the Nazi's had interest in Antarctica. They even had some sort of infrastructure there. Imagine the possibility of a world within a world. Like an atom is like a universe. Protons and neutrons inside like miniature planets. Inner space. Like in the film Men In Black. The universe is on Orion's Belt. Orion is the cat and on his collar/belt is a small glass marble containing the universe. Inner space and different dimensions?

The mind boggles.

Reading these old books can be hard to digest. Sometimes the old way of writing can distract one from the story. However, if the book becomes mundane, irksome or just a chore to read, try to stick with it. Subconsciously the mind is expanding. The vocabulary will broaden. The senses amplify. One individually enters their own world of academia. The more one reads, the more aware one becomes. Food for thought.??


So my first experience of this story was the 1959 film (a good year ha ha), that I saw probably in my early teens, normally around the Christmas time. I have a penchant for 1950s sci-fi "B" movies and this film was certainly part of my drive to read the books that were made into the wonderful films.
So some time in the mid 70s I read this book and discovered there were loads more that I knew I would enjoy.
So fast forward 40 years and I've probably watched the 50s movie more than I've read the book, so it was time to read the book again. And what a memorable read it was, yes I could see James Mason as Professor Lindenbrook, but the characters are (regardless of the movie) well rounded and unique. Considering it is not really a long book Jules managed to pack an amazing amount of story into such a small number of pages, a story that is fast paced and well constructed. And worth reading if you are into classic sci-fi or even if you just enjoyed the film (1959 version is far superior).
Given it is now 5 years since I read this (I had forgotten to write a review), it should certainly be making its way to the top of my TBR again.


This was a DNF for me when I was a teenager. I loved the old movie, but I just couldn't get into the book.

Then, I selected this for my Goodreads book-club a couple of years ago thinking that now that I have grown up and read more - and because Jules Verne is one of the founding fathers of sci-fi - I would now love it. Unfortunately, it was still a bit slow and hard to get through. I enjoyed it, but it just didn't keep me enthralled liked I hoped it would.

Then, I went back and watched the movie and I did not think it was as great as I remembered. *Sigh* there goes one of my childhood memories!


Well that was fun.

I staged an unarmed raid on the library and with some guilt I made off with Journey to the Centre of the Earth, my instinct was that this is a children's book and so taking it was the equivalent of grabbing an ice cream or a lollipop from a wailing child, though on reflection unlike the ice cream the book can be consumed a few times before it's glue binding cracks and the bound pages flutter free. This edition even comes with 3-D glasses - finally an immersive text, one can slide down an 's', grab hold of a 'b' and swing underneath, have your fall into the subtext broken by the sharp hook of a 'q', but it turned out that only the front cover is in 3-D which strikes me as a poor tease.

In truth, and you may have suspected this if you have seen the film, it is not a very good adventure because the narrator is a participant on the journey, which indicates that his chances of surviving the trip without the loss of his fingers are pretty good. Verne is a bit scatty on the details - they do run out of water for a while but they seem to have magic food supplies, when desperately the adventurers share a last meal of some meat and a few biscuits each gets a pound of food each - half a kilo, which is a fair quantity, suspiciously as though Jesus was the expedition's quarter-master.

Of interest I think to the popular adventure genre is the now classic odd couple in this case irascible mad Scientist uncle and cowardly by-the-book nephew off set by taciturn and universally capable guide. Well you will say what about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, surely he was a mad scientist, maybe even the first one? Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Frankenstein is down at the tragic end of the familiar mad scientist spectrum while Professor Lidenbrook is way over on the charmingly eccentric end of the spectrum, and this type, I venture to suggest, has come to dominate the field. He's the kind of geologist who sometimes broke his specimens through testing them too abruptly (p.4) suggesting to me that one would be very cautious if shaking hands with him. He is indifferent to scientific orthodoxy, everything can be disproved by unverifiable adventure while the by-the-book nephew is comically, yet reasonably, terrified by the likelihood of imminent death whether due to extreme heat, pressure, thirst, starvation, being consumed by prehistoric monsters, getting burnt up in pyroclastic flows and so on.

Verne maintains a lively flow despite a lack of plot or adventure or character development through short chapters and near constant incident. Something is always happening. Something inconsequential, but something none the less, like a Jackie Chan film. At the end there is a terrible drive to rapidly finish what is in any case a pretty short adventure, as though Verne was sitting having his breakfast while his publisher was shouting through the letterbox ' Jules, I know you're in there, you've got to finish that story or we're done'

I was pleasantly surprised by the sense that Verne had done some research - his Icelanders sitting down to feast on Skyr for instance, TV adverts tell me that happens all the time in Iceland, although curiously Verne refuses to mention woolly patterned pullovers. But I was disappointed by the redundancy, the dreamy atmosphere of forests of mushrooms and colourless flowers,with petals like paper, rapidly brought to the page then left behind. I get the impression of a mind over excited with incident and images, amusingly for a book called Journey to the centre of the earth we don't get to the centre of anything, we are firmly anchored to the surface, it is light-hearted and whimsical, entirely populated by comical foreigners (ie anybody not French), fun and I think deeply influential - a Don Quixote for an age of mass popular culture maybe. I'm intrigued to think that he may have had some influence on Haldor Laxness, but then it's easy to imagine Laxness reading Verne as a child, the pastor reminiscent of Pastor Jon in Under the Glacier though the mysterious wife not troll like, just supernatural in another direction, perhaps Under the Glacier is a response to the cultural appropriation of Iceland by Verne, a re-enchantment of the world beneath the lava fields and peat bogs a place not for blase exploration by German science, but of mystery, of Trolls, Elves and the eternal femme or God as she is otherwise known, but I need at least one rereading and some dreaming of colourless flowers with papery petals first before I'm certain of that.


This novel by Jules Verne is not only deemed a classic, but also a jam-packed adventure set in the 19th century. Verne mixes the wonders of a story that would be considered fanciful in its day (and today, as well) with some scientific discussions to keep the reader on their toes. While I have steered away from classics for reasons all my own, I am pleased that I was nudged to read this book.

The story opens in May 1863, with Axel Lidenbrock living in Germany, alongside his uncle, Professor Otto Lidenbrock An academic in the field of geology, the elder Lindenbrock is quite focussed on his work and always open to new adventures. When Otto arrives home one day, he has quite the treat for his nephew, a manuscript by an Icelandic historian of some repute. Within the manuscript is a note that baffles them both, until it is properly translated and read, revealing a secret adventure made by another Icelandic fellow, Arne Saknussemm. It would seem that Saknussemm undertook a trip to the centre of the Earth, accessed through a crater in a dormant volcano. According to the document, one can only gain access for a short time each year and Otto determines that he must undertake this adventure, bringing Axel with him.

Upon their arrival in Iceland, Otto and Axel hire a local guide to take them to the volcano, where they will scale it and seek to access the passage at just the right moment. Beginning the adventure, the trio commence their descent, soon exhausting their water supply. Professor Otto begins expostulating about the various geological finds around them and making calculations to track their progress. The group comes across a subterranean body of water, solving one concern and helping to dash some of the scientific beliefs of the time. Temperature increases and means of travel are turned on their heads, while all three seek to understand what awaits them as the journey continues,

The adventure deepens when a larger body of water appears before them, forcing the trio to make some major decisions, which include building a raft and exploring some of the local terrain. Much of the area is filled with bones of long-extinct creatures that piques Axel’s interest, leaving him to wonder if the adventure might have been worthwhile after all. Much of the discoveries prove baffling to Axel, though he marvels at what he can see, as well as what might await him as they push onwards.

After constructing a raft, they set sail and encounter some truly harrowing creatures, as well as a few meteorological phenomena that baffle them all and leave them doubting their choice to take the voyage. However, determination wins out and they find themselves forging onwards, making new and exciting scientific calculations about their depth and what might be above them at the Earth’s surface.

Determined not to stop until they reach their destination, Axel and Otto convince their guide to keep moving, though the task gets more and more harrowing. It is only through grit and determination that they will be able to survive, especially when they discover a new set of remains that sends chills up all their spines. While the trip down has been anything but boring, how will they ever get back, without having to traverse the path already taken? Verne excites the reader with this and much more as the journey takes even more twists in the latter part of the novel.

While I am not well-versed in Jules Verne or his work, I did a little background reading and discovered that this was the second of his special voyages collection, which opens the minds of the reader to a world of adventure, scientific discovery, and analysis. It is said that Verne used novels like this to introduce the world to what is now science fiction, which is completely understandable. His penchant for showing that science is full of mistakes that are only corrected by hands-on attempts is echoed throughout the narrative.

Axel Lindenbrock is the narrator of the piece and becomes the presumptive protagonist of the story, though I would offer the dual role to include Professor Otto. Both learn a great deal from one another and help to foster an adventurous nature throughout the piece. While there is a great amount of hesitation at one point, the Linderbrocks grow closer throughout the story, their characters developing alongside the relationship they forge in this harrowing trip to places unknown.

While there are few secondary characters in the piece, Verne uses the history books and scientific tomes to inject species that serve as guideposts to a world long-ago extinct. This serves to educate and entertain the reader throughout, offering them a glimpse of how science presented things in the 1860s, as compared to the present. I did take much away from the descriptions, even though my background is not the sciences. Always nice to learn while enjoying a classic piece of literature.

The story itself proved to be highly alluring, even for one whose scientific mind sits somewhere in a glass jar. Verne is able to inject true adventure throughout, keeping the reader wondering what awaits them around the next corner. The characters complement one another well (going so far as to compliment each other, occasionally) and their banter propels the narrative forward. Using the Axel journal as the primary means of recounting the story offers a daily log of events, pulling the reader even deeper into the journey and hoping that they, too, will almost feel a part of events as they occur.

While there is a strong scientific flavour to the story, it does not engulf the text, keeping the reader reaching for reference texts or losing interest. There are terms peppered throughout, but they are explained well enough as to educate, rather than inundate. As mentioned above, Verne effectively combines the spark of adventure with the fuel of scientific discovery to create an explosive birth of the science fiction genre!

The book is not overly long, with its chapters propelling the reader forward with ease. Everything appears to flow effectively and the curious reader may even devour it in a day or two. I chose the Audible version because Tim Curry led me on the adventure, which added more to the story than simply guiding myself. I cannot say enough about how enjoyable this was and encourage those with a love of audiobooks to seek this version for themselves. Curry does a masterful job at every turn.

Kudos, Mr. Verne, for such a delightful story. While I may not rush to devour all your work immediately, I am curious to see if I might venture on another of your extraordinary adventures in the future.

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A bit too pedantic for me, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is full of half-baked scientific notions and unproven theories put forth in a dry, scholarly manner, which does nothing for the story at hand. Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel and their stalwart and phlegmatic guide Hans are the characters making the journey. They start in Iceland by climbing down into a dead volcano.

As they make their way, the reluctant Axel is always begging his uncle to go back. His Uncle Otto then berates the young man for his lack of courage and tenacity. They repeat the same conversation in different forms. The only other variation in their interactions is when Otto tells Axel why his science is wrong. Otto gives long monologues on his scientific theories which would have been enough for Axel to kill him. No court in the land would have prosecuted. Hans doesn't speak and always sides with the professor. The only time Otto is kind to his nephew is when Axel gets lost.

Long story short, they make their way down, down. And discover many unscientific things, like an ocean inside the mantle? Also, prehistoric sea creatures which battle it out around their makeshift raft on the interior ocean. Somehow, they get thrown back on the surface of the earth through an active volcano, without getting hurt. So, it was a bit of a trudge for me and not very exciting, except when Axel was lost in the dark.