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In this classic adventure story, a wealthy gentleman, Phileas Fogg, makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg and his servant set off immediately, determined to win this race against time. Little do they know they aren't making the journey alone.... Fogg has been fingered as the culprit in a bank robbery, and a detective in hot pursuit is trailing them as they cross every continent.
Published: Aladdin on Feb 21, 2012
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What a fantastic, thrilling, gripping story this is. What a nail-biter! Filled with fun characters, vivid locations, and a sense of desperate urgency, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne is deservedly a classic. I listened to this on audiobook read by Jim Dale and enjoyed every minute (except the truly nauseating little talk, added by the publisher, at the end. But I will rant about that later). I was surprised to realize that I had probably never read the unabridged version of this story. I have a vague recollection of one of those Great Illustrated Classics, with a truly terrifying illustration of Passepartout in the opium den. Though I'm familiar with many of Verne's plots, I haven't really sat down with one of his books as an adult reader. I see I will have to rectify that. Phileas Fogg is an eccentric English gentleman who has followed an unvarying pattern — to the minute — for most of his life. He is meticulous down to the temperature of his shaving water, and when his manservant brings him water that is two degrees too cold, Mr. Fogg has no alternative but to fire him. We arrive at the house in Savile Row the day the new servant, Passepartout, is to begin work. Passepartout is delighted at the prospect of a well-ordered, established life, but it is not to be. That very night, Fogg makes a twenty-thousand-pound bet at his club that he can travel around the world in eighty days. To the astonishment of his colleagues, who are well accustomed to his precise and unvarying life, Fogg sets out that very evening on his madcap voyage.There is an interesting correlation between this story and that of Les Misérables; though completely opposite in tone and plot, both feature a legalistic, misled police inspector trailing the hero on all his journeys. Both inspectors step in to wreak ruin upon their quarry at the worst possible moment, and both, in the end, are foiled. That is probably as far as the comparison goes, but isn't it interesting? Les Misérables was published in 1862, and Around the World in Eighty Days in serial form in 1873. I love Verne's descriptions; they are often so wryly humorous. Anyone who thinks classics are boring and slow really ought to read this book. He says that Fogg is "like an incarnation of the god of punctuality," and continually calls Passepartout a "dear fellow." Inspector Fix is also a very humorous and yet well-rounded character. Of Mrs. Aouda, alas, we do not see much.I can't praise Jim Dale's reading enough; it was wonderful. His voices for the characters were superb. The only weakness was his voice for Mrs. Aouda, but it seems a common failing among male actors; they never can get the women's voices so well as the female actors can get the men's. But apart from that small quibble, I loved Dale's interpretation, especially of the beloved Passepartout! I will always hear his slightly breathless, emphatic, strongly accented voice in my head when I think of the character. (I should mention that another thing I love about audiobooks is that I learn how to pronounce all the words and names... Passepartout is pronounced "Paspertoo;" who knew?).And now for the banal little talk at the end, given by the son of the man who started the Listening Library company (now owned by Random House). First off, the poor man's voice is not a pleasure to listen to after Dale's warm, rolling tones. It's nasally, effeminate, and just plain annoying. Even had his script been wonderful, it would have been hard to appreciate, read by that unfortunate voice. And what he says is bad enough on its own account. Does Listening Library commend Verne for being interested in other countries and cultures, for opening new vistas to his readers, and demonstrating a vivid curiosity about the fascinating world around him? Do they praise his enthusiasm for the exotic and share his excitement for the geographical limitations that technology was removing? Oh no. Instead, the publishers chose to disparage his work as "unacceptable" by today's standards in its portrayal of "certain social structures" and "other cultures." Verne, they self-righteously sniff, displays a staggering "naivete" and "lack of appreciation and experience" for the various cultures that his characters encounter. Sure, Verne had an imperfect understanding of the many cultures in his book. Do we, in chronological snobbery, really think our appreciation of every culture and "social structure" so perfect? Actually I was rather disappointed that the publisher did not actually mention the specific issues with the story, preferring rather to take the safe route of vague, lofty accusation. It's a good thing readers are generally intelligent enough to pick out these things for ourselves — where, oh where would we be without Listening Library to mold our minds? And there are textual refutations to their sweeping claims, if they would but condescend to play fair and be specific about what's giving them indigestion.I find it absurd and unfair to judge a historical figure by modern standards. I think if any sermon must be made of the book's relative level of 21st-century political correctness or lack thereof (again, assuming we readers aren't astute enough to pick it out for ourselves), it ought to focus on the themes of the story rather than passing judgment on the author. The cover art for this audiobook is further proof of the publisher's cluelessness. It features a large hot-air balloon... which Phileas Fogg never takes. Verne mentions a balloon for about two seconds as a method of travel that would most certainly not work for Mr. Fogg — and then the cover sports one prominently. *sigh*But I don't want to leave you with all this negativity. The rating I am giving is strictly for the book. Random House/Listening Library's hamfisted approach is such a pity, because the actual production was excellent. I enjoyed the ethnic music that opened each new chapter, and of course Dale was great. And I suppose it's good the publishers didn't excise the parts they didn't like; this is unabridged, after all. But it's a 50th anniversary tribute to Listening Library's first audiobook production, which was this book. It might look bad if they interfered with the actual text itself.If you think you are intelligent enough to perceive ideas that are in alignment with their historical setting (and actually, perhaps, ahead of their time) — if you're sure you won't suddenly morph into a bigot under Verne's pernicious influence — you really ought to give this book a try. It's funny, well written, and adventurous, and you'll enjoy every minute of Phileas Fogg's eighty days around the world. I certainly did. Highly recommended!read more
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Philease Fogg makes a hasty and rash bet of 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He immediately sets off, dragging his newly hired servant Passpartout along for the journey. He meets with many adventures and possible delays that risk preventing him from reaching his destination in time, including Fix, a detective who has mistaken Fogg for a bank robber.The film versions of this books often make this story more exotic and fantastical than it really is, turning Fogg into some sort of an inventor, who sets off in his journey in an air balloon. But Fogg uses regular means of travel in this books, ships, trains, and even on elephant, but there are no balloons. Verne did pen another adventure story, called Five Weeks in a Balloon, in which travels travel across Africa in a hot air balloon (this is on my list to read).That being said, I enjoyed Around the World immensely. Because the book was orginally written as a serial, the chapters are each vignette in which Fogg and his companions meets an obstacle and then over comes it. Verne's characters are something like caricatures, but the have enough depth to be fully entertaining.This is only the second book of Verne's that I have read, but he is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.read more
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This is by far my favorite book by Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg and his sidekick, Passepartout, take a wild adventure around the world in 80 days. I won't give any spoilers, but I loved, loved, loved the ending!! (Hint, hint; nudge, nudge!) Read it!! Trust me, you won't regret it.read more
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if i had read the original french, it probably would have been assigned five stars. Scholastic edition didn't even mention the translator! So the defects I have noticed may have come through the translation; i.e., there are no "wharves" in Sacromento, a land-based city in the midst of luxorious farms, and there are no "hurricanes" in December in the north Atlantic. The latter could be possible, but highly improbable. I wonder if Monsieur Verne wrote Passpoureau to be so idiotically French, always thinking and always screwing up with good intentions, and for Phileas Fogg toi be so rock-hard, without-an-emotion-in-his-life certain of everything. And the woman! Give me a break! For being a citizen of the state of love (France), Jules does a piss-pour job of convincing us that Fogg can love anything. It's a classic, this book. It's a mover, this book. But for that proverbial desert island, give me the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs anytime. He may not be "classic," but he is fun.read more
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Great fun to read, although the cover is incorrect (showing camels). Interesting to note because the Barnes and Noble book jackets talks about the "wrongness" of the balloon in the Fifties film version. Fast paced, full of action, and why did I not read it years ago!read more
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I read this book for the first as a read-aloud to my son when he was about 12. We were rivetted, on the edge of our seats. Excitement and humour, a must read.read more
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Very entertaining, though Verne has a couple of facts wrong- Smith, the founder of the Mormon faith was from NY, not Vermont, and a mango defintely doesn't have white flesh! I love the adventure in this book and the different temperaments of the main characters.read more
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Review of Around the World in Eighty DaysThe book, Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne is a book about a man named Phileas Fogg who claims that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days. He then gets challenged to do this himself. This book gets more exciting and dramatic every time you turn the page.One of the main reasons this book keeps you on the edge of your seat is that you don't know if Phileas will be able to make the deadline and win the bet of traveling around the world in eighty days. Also, throughout the course of the book Phileas turns from a cold calculative man, to a more outgoing energetic man. “I say, you do have a heart!' “Sometimes,” he replied, 'When I have the time.” This quote shows that the character is still his old self partly, but he has also transformed into a warmer person. Like many adventures, money is something that drives this story, “A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.” That wager is something that enhances the story and makes it more exciting.Jules Verne has produced a number of adventure novels, but none quite like this one. This book shows just how mad adventure can be. If you love adventure novels, you should definitely check this book out. Jules Verne makes adventure come to life in Around the World in Eighty Days.read more
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“Around the World in 80 days” by Jules Verne is about the adventures of Mr. Fogg’s and his hired, French, hand Passepartout. After making a bet that he, Mr. Fogg, could make it around the world in 80 days he and Passepartout set out to win. I believe that Jules Verne wrote this book to show how anything is possible and even if something might seem ridiculous at first, things can turn out to be quite an adventure.In the book, Mr. Fogg is often ridiculed and questioned. He still keeps going and ends up saving and meeting Auoda, who he will later marry. Mr. Fogg brings joy because of his easiness and his courage to keep going, even though there were many challenges in his way. With his courage he is able to travel around the world in 80 days and do the unthinkable in that time.Another example would be at this part in the book were Mr. Fogg and Passepartout are charged with thievery. While Passepartout is freaking out, Mr. Fogg stays relax and bails them out. Staying calm and relaxed keeps them on their way and adds a new adventure to their trip. Through this all you’re just hoping that they will keep their heads and keep on their way so that they can arrive on time. The last example would be how at the beginning this bet and trip around the world in 80 days seemed ridiculous but later it brought them this new knowledge of the world and plenty new adventures. On just his belief and faith that they could make it around the world in 80 days made the whole trip possible because it brought fierceness into reaching their goal. In conclusion, this book brings a new idea of sticking to an idea and following it through because in the end you will gain new stories and memories. That is exactly what happens to Mr. Fogg and Passepartout, they stuck to this insane idea and in the end got a garden full of memories.read more
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I read this in Jr. High School and fell in love with Verne's novels. In 1872 Phileas Fogg wagers that he can circle the earth in eighty days; and traveling by steamer, railway, carriage, sledge, and elephant he wins his bet in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours, and fifty-seven minutes. Verne builds the suspense and populates the book with strange places and characters that makes it difficult to put down. I would recommend this to dreamers and readers of all ages.read more
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 What a delightful book. It bears the tone of an unflappable gentleman of the world, and the travel tour across the globe, particularly Asia, is highly memorable. There is time enough to do good deeds as well, as when a young woman is rescued from the fate of suttee in India.read more
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I was frankly amazed at how good this book was. I expected a slow reading, dated adventure; I found a great page turning, well-crafted novel. I won't disclose any of the plot line; Suffice it to say that I was surprised by the twists and depth of the story and you should be too!read more
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It was a fun read, but the presentation of Mormons is completely inaccurate and misleading.read more
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This was a very suspenseful, exciting book! This was the first Verne book I've ever read, and he is very good at keeping readers gnawing on their nails at the edge of their seats. The story has humor sprinkled throughout it that had me laughing out loud. I loved it; I know I say this about nearly everything I read, but this truly was a wonderful book!read more
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Fine, if you're twelve years old. Unfortunately, I'm not.read more
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The protagonist,Phileas Fogg,is a late 19th century English man who likes everything perfect and also has a lonely life. Then, he hire an efficient servant called Passepartout. That same day he was challenge to go around the world in eighty days, so he took passepartout with him and set to the journey as fast as possible. During the first days of the trip, everytime they got to a city, Mr. Fogg stayed in his room to do math about the time they wasted and time left while Passepartout wants to view the city and its people. When they were in India, Mr. Fogg's true colors finally showed up and Passepartout saw them. They had to save the live of Princess Aouda from a brutal sacrefise. Mr. Fogg was falling in love with her throught the journey. To be Continue.read more
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For my Independent Reading Book Project, I read "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne. The novel is about an English man named Phileas Fogg, his servant, Jean Passepartout, and their journey in hopes of circumnavigating the world in a mere eighty days. His motivation? Winning a bet of twenty-thousand pounds. Well, that and bragging rights. Immediately after the bet was made, Mr. Fogg and Passepartout depart the continent. In this very suspenseful plot line, the travelers jump from steamer to railway, all the while being trailed by a sneaky detective. With several twists and turns woven into the book, you are on edge from cover to cover. Moreover, in the back of your mind you are always thinking: Will they finish the journey in time?I appreciated how geographically educational this book was (although some chapters were a bit ‘school-syllabus’ type). In addition, there was always something arising—never a dull moment in this fast-paced book. Even though the character development was lacking, Verne wrote it in such a way that you felt as if you were tagging alongside the main characters, experiencing the great enterprise with them. Overall, this great read is a classic adventure story that has stood the test of time. If you want to have a laugh while reading a well-written book, "Around the World in Eighty Days" is for you!read more
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I can't even begin to count the number of times I've read this book. Every time the adventure is just as fresh and fun and I still hold my breath waiting to see if he'll make it in time. It's a classic for good reason.read more
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Wonderful narrator and includes some music from the movie. There is 7 hours and 53 minutes of listening. Phileas Fogg is the main character who wages a bet with his friends from his club that he could go around the world in 80 days. The bet was a considerable fortune and considering the time period of the 1870's, it would be an almost impossible feat. Mr. Fogg, with his attention to precise detail had quiet confidence that he would be able to be back at his club at 8:45 pm in exactly 80 days. Along the way, a Scotland Yard policeman Mr. Fix, decides Mr. Fogg is in reality a thief and decides it is his duty to follow Mr. Fog and arrest him if he can. Is Phileas Fogg a thief? His character shows great courage and so the reader is left to find out if wealthy Mr. Fogg is a thief and if he will win his bet.Much better than the movie!!!!!!!read more
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One of the few Jules Verne novels I had never read until this week. The pace is the best part. Thrill/Spy novelists should read this several times to get an idea how one should pace a great action novel.read more
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Steamships, Passenger ships, Trans-Atlantic voyages, North Atlantic, Voyages to and/or from Indiaread more
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Verne's tale of a 19th century Englishman's travels around the world is most notable for its depiction of local cultures now far gone. Often quaint, sometimes humorous and occasionally a bit too dated for the modern reader. Hardly a great work, but still a fun read.read more
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I found it a rough beginning, but the story fits together in such a satisfying way that it's so much fun to read. And the characters - lovely, every one of them. The hilarious and imaginative Passepartout, of course, and dear Phileas Fogg and poor, persistent Fix, all wonderful personalities on their own little stages. I don't think it was a great novel, but it was certainly a very good one.read more
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Phileas Fogg is that among that special breed of eccentric British men that were such a fixture of Victorian England. At his club he is challenged to race around the world in 80 days -- in an era where transportation was a scosh...unreliable. Accompanied by his incredibly resourceful servant Passepartout he accepts the challenge. The book chronicles his adventures. It's a remarkable journey full of action, suspense, and absurd comedy. And of course, that comical Vistorian xenophobia -- though doubtless it is more humorous for the reader than it was in international business relationships. Focused on his goal, and only his goal, Fogg does his level best to bring England with him, and not experience even a trace of other cultures. That alone is worth the price of admission.read more
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After betting to be able to tour around the world in eighty days or less, Mr. Phineas Fogg and his loyal major-domo, Passepartout embark themselves in the mission of proving it.read more
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I actually found this quite boring.read more
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This is a fun book filled with out-dated stereotypes, unlikely luck and a kick-ass ending. It should be required reading for travel students everywhere ;)read more
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I read the Project Gutenberg version of this, in the end: I don't know who translated it, but the translation was really quite nice. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. For all that he bribes his way around the world, really, Phileas Fogg has some interesting adventures, including saving a lovely young woman and commandeering a ship. I thought the characters were all quite fun. There are stereotypes and so on, and it's very very biased toward all things English, seemingly, but knowing about that in advance, I could ignore it.

I loved the end a lot more than I expected to. I thought it was clever, and I enjoyed seeing a softer side of Phileas Fogg (one that I had, of course, been suspecting for a while).read more
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This book was a tricky one to get my hands on. It was hiding in a box in my basement. Now its up in my room comfortably now that its been read. its was the story of an inventor from Britain, who teamed up with his faithful servant to circumnavigate the globe.I thought it was a great story line. Lots of change happens to the characters throughout the journey. THE BOOK IS MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!read more
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What a fantastic, thrilling, gripping story this is. What a nail-biter! Filled with fun characters, vivid locations, and a sense of desperate urgency, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne is deservedly a classic. I listened to this on audiobook read by Jim Dale and enjoyed every minute (except the truly nauseating little talk, added by the publisher, at the end. But I will rant about that later). I was surprised to realize that I had probably never read the unabridged version of this story. I have a vague recollection of one of those Great Illustrated Classics, with a truly terrifying illustration of Passepartout in the opium den. Though I'm familiar with many of Verne's plots, I haven't really sat down with one of his books as an adult reader. I see I will have to rectify that. Phileas Fogg is an eccentric English gentleman who has followed an unvarying pattern — to the minute — for most of his life. He is meticulous down to the temperature of his shaving water, and when his manservant brings him water that is two degrees too cold, Mr. Fogg has no alternative but to fire him. We arrive at the house in Savile Row the day the new servant, Passepartout, is to begin work. Passepartout is delighted at the prospect of a well-ordered, established life, but it is not to be. That very night, Fogg makes a twenty-thousand-pound bet at his club that he can travel around the world in eighty days. To the astonishment of his colleagues, who are well accustomed to his precise and unvarying life, Fogg sets out that very evening on his madcap voyage.There is an interesting correlation between this story and that of Les Misérables; though completely opposite in tone and plot, both feature a legalistic, misled police inspector trailing the hero on all his journeys. Both inspectors step in to wreak ruin upon their quarry at the worst possible moment, and both, in the end, are foiled. That is probably as far as the comparison goes, but isn't it interesting? Les Misérables was published in 1862, and Around the World in Eighty Days in serial form in 1873. I love Verne's descriptions; they are often so wryly humorous. Anyone who thinks classics are boring and slow really ought to read this book. He says that Fogg is "like an incarnation of the god of punctuality," and continually calls Passepartout a "dear fellow." Inspector Fix is also a very humorous and yet well-rounded character. Of Mrs. Aouda, alas, we do not see much.I can't praise Jim Dale's reading enough; it was wonderful. His voices for the characters were superb. The only weakness was his voice for Mrs. Aouda, but it seems a common failing among male actors; they never can get the women's voices so well as the female actors can get the men's. But apart from that small quibble, I loved Dale's interpretation, especially of the beloved Passepartout! I will always hear his slightly breathless, emphatic, strongly accented voice in my head when I think of the character. (I should mention that another thing I love about audiobooks is that I learn how to pronounce all the words and names... Passepartout is pronounced "Paspertoo;" who knew?).And now for the banal little talk at the end, given by the son of the man who started the Listening Library company (now owned by Random House). First off, the poor man's voice is not a pleasure to listen to after Dale's warm, rolling tones. It's nasally, effeminate, and just plain annoying. Even had his script been wonderful, it would have been hard to appreciate, read by that unfortunate voice. And what he says is bad enough on its own account. Does Listening Library commend Verne for being interested in other countries and cultures, for opening new vistas to his readers, and demonstrating a vivid curiosity about the fascinating world around him? Do they praise his enthusiasm for the exotic and share his excitement for the geographical limitations that technology was removing? Oh no. Instead, the publishers chose to disparage his work as "unacceptable" by today's standards in its portrayal of "certain social structures" and "other cultures." Verne, they self-righteously sniff, displays a staggering "naivete" and "lack of appreciation and experience" for the various cultures that his characters encounter. Sure, Verne had an imperfect understanding of the many cultures in his book. Do we, in chronological snobbery, really think our appreciation of every culture and "social structure" so perfect? Actually I was rather disappointed that the publisher did not actually mention the specific issues with the story, preferring rather to take the safe route of vague, lofty accusation. It's a good thing readers are generally intelligent enough to pick out these things for ourselves — where, oh where would we be without Listening Library to mold our minds? And there are textual refutations to their sweeping claims, if they would but condescend to play fair and be specific about what's giving them indigestion.I find it absurd and unfair to judge a historical figure by modern standards. I think if any sermon must be made of the book's relative level of 21st-century political correctness or lack thereof (again, assuming we readers aren't astute enough to pick it out for ourselves), it ought to focus on the themes of the story rather than passing judgment on the author. The cover art for this audiobook is further proof of the publisher's cluelessness. It features a large hot-air balloon... which Phileas Fogg never takes. Verne mentions a balloon for about two seconds as a method of travel that would most certainly not work for Mr. Fogg — and then the cover sports one prominently. *sigh*But I don't want to leave you with all this negativity. The rating I am giving is strictly for the book. Random House/Listening Library's hamfisted approach is such a pity, because the actual production was excellent. I enjoyed the ethnic music that opened each new chapter, and of course Dale was great. And I suppose it's good the publishers didn't excise the parts they didn't like; this is unabridged, after all. But it's a 50th anniversary tribute to Listening Library's first audiobook production, which was this book. It might look bad if they interfered with the actual text itself.If you think you are intelligent enough to perceive ideas that are in alignment with their historical setting (and actually, perhaps, ahead of their time) — if you're sure you won't suddenly morph into a bigot under Verne's pernicious influence — you really ought to give this book a try. It's funny, well written, and adventurous, and you'll enjoy every minute of Phileas Fogg's eighty days around the world. I certainly did. Highly recommended!
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Philease Fogg makes a hasty and rash bet of 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the world in 80 days. He immediately sets off, dragging his newly hired servant Passpartout along for the journey. He meets with many adventures and possible delays that risk preventing him from reaching his destination in time, including Fix, a detective who has mistaken Fogg for a bank robber.The film versions of this books often make this story more exotic and fantastical than it really is, turning Fogg into some sort of an inventor, who sets off in his journey in an air balloon. But Fogg uses regular means of travel in this books, ships, trains, and even on elephant, but there are no balloons. Verne did pen another adventure story, called Five Weeks in a Balloon, in which travels travel across Africa in a hot air balloon (this is on my list to read).That being said, I enjoyed Around the World immensely. Because the book was orginally written as a serial, the chapters are each vignette in which Fogg and his companions meets an obstacle and then over comes it. Verne's characters are something like caricatures, but the have enough depth to be fully entertaining.This is only the second book of Verne's that I have read, but he is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
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This is by far my favorite book by Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg and his sidekick, Passepartout, take a wild adventure around the world in 80 days. I won't give any spoilers, but I loved, loved, loved the ending!! (Hint, hint; nudge, nudge!) Read it!! Trust me, you won't regret it.
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if i had read the original french, it probably would have been assigned five stars. Scholastic edition didn't even mention the translator! So the defects I have noticed may have come through the translation; i.e., there are no "wharves" in Sacromento, a land-based city in the midst of luxorious farms, and there are no "hurricanes" in December in the north Atlantic. The latter could be possible, but highly improbable. I wonder if Monsieur Verne wrote Passpoureau to be so idiotically French, always thinking and always screwing up with good intentions, and for Phileas Fogg toi be so rock-hard, without-an-emotion-in-his-life certain of everything. And the woman! Give me a break! For being a citizen of the state of love (France), Jules does a piss-pour job of convincing us that Fogg can love anything. It's a classic, this book. It's a mover, this book. But for that proverbial desert island, give me the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs anytime. He may not be "classic," but he is fun.
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Great fun to read, although the cover is incorrect (showing camels). Interesting to note because the Barnes and Noble book jackets talks about the "wrongness" of the balloon in the Fifties film version. Fast paced, full of action, and why did I not read it years ago!
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I read this book for the first as a read-aloud to my son when he was about 12. We were rivetted, on the edge of our seats. Excitement and humour, a must read.
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Very entertaining, though Verne has a couple of facts wrong- Smith, the founder of the Mormon faith was from NY, not Vermont, and a mango defintely doesn't have white flesh! I love the adventure in this book and the different temperaments of the main characters.
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Review of Around the World in Eighty DaysThe book, Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne is a book about a man named Phileas Fogg who claims that it is possible to travel around the world in eighty days. He then gets challenged to do this himself. This book gets more exciting and dramatic every time you turn the page.One of the main reasons this book keeps you on the edge of your seat is that you don't know if Phileas will be able to make the deadline and win the bet of traveling around the world in eighty days. Also, throughout the course of the book Phileas turns from a cold calculative man, to a more outgoing energetic man. “I say, you do have a heart!' “Sometimes,” he replied, 'When I have the time.” This quote shows that the character is still his old self partly, but he has also transformed into a warmer person. Like many adventures, money is something that drives this story, “A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager.” That wager is something that enhances the story and makes it more exciting.Jules Verne has produced a number of adventure novels, but none quite like this one. This book shows just how mad adventure can be. If you love adventure novels, you should definitely check this book out. Jules Verne makes adventure come to life in Around the World in Eighty Days.
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“Around the World in 80 days” by Jules Verne is about the adventures of Mr. Fogg’s and his hired, French, hand Passepartout. After making a bet that he, Mr. Fogg, could make it around the world in 80 days he and Passepartout set out to win. I believe that Jules Verne wrote this book to show how anything is possible and even if something might seem ridiculous at first, things can turn out to be quite an adventure.In the book, Mr. Fogg is often ridiculed and questioned. He still keeps going and ends up saving and meeting Auoda, who he will later marry. Mr. Fogg brings joy because of his easiness and his courage to keep going, even though there were many challenges in his way. With his courage he is able to travel around the world in 80 days and do the unthinkable in that time.Another example would be at this part in the book were Mr. Fogg and Passepartout are charged with thievery. While Passepartout is freaking out, Mr. Fogg stays relax and bails them out. Staying calm and relaxed keeps them on their way and adds a new adventure to their trip. Through this all you’re just hoping that they will keep their heads and keep on their way so that they can arrive on time. The last example would be how at the beginning this bet and trip around the world in 80 days seemed ridiculous but later it brought them this new knowledge of the world and plenty new adventures. On just his belief and faith that they could make it around the world in 80 days made the whole trip possible because it brought fierceness into reaching their goal. In conclusion, this book brings a new idea of sticking to an idea and following it through because in the end you will gain new stories and memories. That is exactly what happens to Mr. Fogg and Passepartout, they stuck to this insane idea and in the end got a garden full of memories.
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I read this in Jr. High School and fell in love with Verne's novels. In 1872 Phileas Fogg wagers that he can circle the earth in eighty days; and traveling by steamer, railway, carriage, sledge, and elephant he wins his bet in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours, and fifty-seven minutes. Verne builds the suspense and populates the book with strange places and characters that makes it difficult to put down. I would recommend this to dreamers and readers of all ages.
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 What a delightful book. It bears the tone of an unflappable gentleman of the world, and the travel tour across the globe, particularly Asia, is highly memorable. There is time enough to do good deeds as well, as when a young woman is rescued from the fate of suttee in India.
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I was frankly amazed at how good this book was. I expected a slow reading, dated adventure; I found a great page turning, well-crafted novel. I won't disclose any of the plot line; Suffice it to say that I was surprised by the twists and depth of the story and you should be too!
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It was a fun read, but the presentation of Mormons is completely inaccurate and misleading.
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This was a very suspenseful, exciting book! This was the first Verne book I've ever read, and he is very good at keeping readers gnawing on their nails at the edge of their seats. The story has humor sprinkled throughout it that had me laughing out loud. I loved it; I know I say this about nearly everything I read, but this truly was a wonderful book!
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Fine, if you're twelve years old. Unfortunately, I'm not.
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The protagonist,Phileas Fogg,is a late 19th century English man who likes everything perfect and also has a lonely life. Then, he hire an efficient servant called Passepartout. That same day he was challenge to go around the world in eighty days, so he took passepartout with him and set to the journey as fast as possible. During the first days of the trip, everytime they got to a city, Mr. Fogg stayed in his room to do math about the time they wasted and time left while Passepartout wants to view the city and its people. When they were in India, Mr. Fogg's true colors finally showed up and Passepartout saw them. They had to save the live of Princess Aouda from a brutal sacrefise. Mr. Fogg was falling in love with her throught the journey. To be Continue.
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For my Independent Reading Book Project, I read "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne. The novel is about an English man named Phileas Fogg, his servant, Jean Passepartout, and their journey in hopes of circumnavigating the world in a mere eighty days. His motivation? Winning a bet of twenty-thousand pounds. Well, that and bragging rights. Immediately after the bet was made, Mr. Fogg and Passepartout depart the continent. In this very suspenseful plot line, the travelers jump from steamer to railway, all the while being trailed by a sneaky detective. With several twists and turns woven into the book, you are on edge from cover to cover. Moreover, in the back of your mind you are always thinking: Will they finish the journey in time?I appreciated how geographically educational this book was (although some chapters were a bit ‘school-syllabus’ type). In addition, there was always something arising—never a dull moment in this fast-paced book. Even though the character development was lacking, Verne wrote it in such a way that you felt as if you were tagging alongside the main characters, experiencing the great enterprise with them. Overall, this great read is a classic adventure story that has stood the test of time. If you want to have a laugh while reading a well-written book, "Around the World in Eighty Days" is for you!
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I can't even begin to count the number of times I've read this book. Every time the adventure is just as fresh and fun and I still hold my breath waiting to see if he'll make it in time. It's a classic for good reason.
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Wonderful narrator and includes some music from the movie. There is 7 hours and 53 minutes of listening. Phileas Fogg is the main character who wages a bet with his friends from his club that he could go around the world in 80 days. The bet was a considerable fortune and considering the time period of the 1870's, it would be an almost impossible feat. Mr. Fogg, with his attention to precise detail had quiet confidence that he would be able to be back at his club at 8:45 pm in exactly 80 days. Along the way, a Scotland Yard policeman Mr. Fix, decides Mr. Fogg is in reality a thief and decides it is his duty to follow Mr. Fog and arrest him if he can. Is Phileas Fogg a thief? His character shows great courage and so the reader is left to find out if wealthy Mr. Fogg is a thief and if he will win his bet.Much better than the movie!!!!!!!
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One of the few Jules Verne novels I had never read until this week. The pace is the best part. Thrill/Spy novelists should read this several times to get an idea how one should pace a great action novel.
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Steamships, Passenger ships, Trans-Atlantic voyages, North Atlantic, Voyages to and/or from India
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Verne's tale of a 19th century Englishman's travels around the world is most notable for its depiction of local cultures now far gone. Often quaint, sometimes humorous and occasionally a bit too dated for the modern reader. Hardly a great work, but still a fun read.
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I found it a rough beginning, but the story fits together in such a satisfying way that it's so much fun to read. And the characters - lovely, every one of them. The hilarious and imaginative Passepartout, of course, and dear Phileas Fogg and poor, persistent Fix, all wonderful personalities on their own little stages. I don't think it was a great novel, but it was certainly a very good one.
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Phileas Fogg is that among that special breed of eccentric British men that were such a fixture of Victorian England. At his club he is challenged to race around the world in 80 days -- in an era where transportation was a scosh...unreliable. Accompanied by his incredibly resourceful servant Passepartout he accepts the challenge. The book chronicles his adventures. It's a remarkable journey full of action, suspense, and absurd comedy. And of course, that comical Vistorian xenophobia -- though doubtless it is more humorous for the reader than it was in international business relationships. Focused on his goal, and only his goal, Fogg does his level best to bring England with him, and not experience even a trace of other cultures. That alone is worth the price of admission.
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After betting to be able to tour around the world in eighty days or less, Mr. Phineas Fogg and his loyal major-domo, Passepartout embark themselves in the mission of proving it.
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I actually found this quite boring.
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This is a fun book filled with out-dated stereotypes, unlikely luck and a kick-ass ending. It should be required reading for travel students everywhere ;)
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I read the Project Gutenberg version of this, in the end: I don't know who translated it, but the translation was really quite nice. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. For all that he bribes his way around the world, really, Phileas Fogg has some interesting adventures, including saving a lovely young woman and commandeering a ship. I thought the characters were all quite fun. There are stereotypes and so on, and it's very very biased toward all things English, seemingly, but knowing about that in advance, I could ignore it.

I loved the end a lot more than I expected to. I thought it was clever, and I enjoyed seeing a softer side of Phileas Fogg (one that I had, of course, been suspecting for a while).
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This book was a tricky one to get my hands on. It was hiding in a box in my basement. Now its up in my room comfortably now that its been read. its was the story of an inventor from Britain, who teamed up with his faithful servant to circumnavigate the globe.I thought it was a great story line. Lots of change happens to the characters throughout the journey. THE BOOK IS MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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