The Mysterious Island (version 2)

Jules VERNE (1828 - 1905), translated by William Henry Giles KINGSTON (1814 - 1880)

The book tells the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. As famine and death ravage the city, five northern prisoners of war decide to escape by the unusual means of hijacking a balloon. The five are Cyrus Smith, a railroad engineer in the Union army (named Cyrus Harding in some English translations); his black manservant Neb (short for Nebuchadnezzar), who Verne repeatedly states is not a slave but an ex-slave who had been freed by Smith; the sailor Bonadventure Pencroff (who is addressed only by his surname, but his "Christian name", Bonadventure, is given to their boat; in other translations, he is also known as Pencroft); his protégé Harbert Brown (called Herbert in some translations), a young boy whom Pencroff raises as his own after the death of his father (Pencroff's former captain); and the journalist Gedéon Spilett (Gideon Spilett in English versions). The company is completed by Cyrus' dog 'Top'.

After flying in stormy weather for several days, the group crash-lands on a cliff-bound, volcanic, unknown (and fictitious) island. They name it "Lincoln Island" in honor of American President Abraham Lincoln. With the knowledge of the brilliant engineer Smith, the five are able to sustain themselves on the island, hoping that they will one day escape. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Volume I Chapter 1 Alisson Veldhuis
00:16:36
Play 02 02 - Volume I Chapter 2 Alisson Veldhuis
00:23:48
Play 03 03 - Volume I Chapter 3 Alisson Veldhuis
00:18:58
Play 04 04 - Volume I Chapter 4 Alisson Veldhuis
00:19:49
Play 05 05 - Volume I Chapter 5 Craig Gulliver
00:15:44
Play 06 06 - Volume I Chapter 6 Craig Gulliver
00:17:04
Play 07 07 - Volume I Chapter 7 Craig Gulliver
00:19:10
Play 08 08 - Volume I Chapter 8 Phil Griffiths
00:20:18
Play 09 09 - Volume I Chapter 9 JimD
00:21:17
Play 10 10 - Volume I Chapter 10 JimD
00:21:44
Play 11 11 - Volume I Chapter 11 Don Halpert
00:25:14
Play 12 12 - Volume I Chapter 12 Don Halpert
00:22:08
Play 13 13 - Volume I Chapter 13 John Kooz
00:28:53
Play 14 14 - Volume I Chapter 14 John Kooz
00:25:19
Play 15 15 - Volume I Chapter 15 John Kooz
00:23:56
Play 16 16 - Volume I Chapter 16 John Kooz
00:24:24
Play 17 17 - Volume I Chapter 17 John Kooz
00:28:29
Play 18 18 - Volume I Chapter 18 John Kooz
00:21:57
Play 19 19 - Volume I Chapter 19 Chuck Williamson
00:24:23
Play 20 20 - Volume I Chapter 20 Patti Cunningham
00:17:17
Play 21 21 - Volume I Chapter 21 John Kooz
00:24:43
Play 22 22 - Volume I Chapter 22 John Kooz
00:34:59
Play 23 23 - Volume II Chapter 1 John Kooz
00:24:38
Play 24 24 - Volume II Chapter 2 John Kooz
00:25:24
Play 25 25 - Volume II Chapter 3 John Kooz
00:26:48
Play 26 26 - Volume II Chapter 4 John Kooz
00:22:36
Play 27 27 - Volume II Chapter 5 anjieliu
00:19:42
Play 28 28 - Volume II Chapter 6 anjieliu
00:18:11
Play 29 29 - Volume II Chapter 7 Tom Crawford
00:20:41
Play 30 30 - Volume II Chapter 8 Tom Crawford
00:21:18
Play 31 31 - Volume II Chapter 9 Tom Crawford
00:18:50
Play 32 32 - Volume II Chapter 10 Tom Crawford
00:19:18
Play 33 33 - Volume II Chapter 11 Tom Crawford
00:24:41
Play 34 34 - Volume II Chapter 12 Tom Crawford
00:27:35
Play 35 35 - Volume II Chapter 13 Theresa Sheridan
00:22:26
Play 36 36 - Volume II Chapter 14 Theresa Sheridan
00:25:09
Play 37 37 - Volume II Chapter 15 ToddHW
00:14:46
Play 38 38 - Volume II Chapter 16 ToddHW
00:18:34
Play 39 39 - Volume II Chapter 17 ToddHW
00:18:03
Play 40 40 - Volume II Chapter 18 JimD
00:25:04
Play 41 41 - Volume II Chapter 19 JimD
00:22:51
Play 42 42 - Volume II Chapter 20 JimD
00:25:39
Play 43 43 - Volume III Chapter 1 Don Halpert
00:23:28
Play 44 44 - Volume III Chapter 2 Don Halpert
00:21:46
Play 45 45 - Volume III Chapter 3 Don Halpert
00:24:55
Play 46 46 - Volume III Chapter 4 Don Halpert
00:22:28
Play 47 47 - Volume III Chapter 5 Fred DeBerardinis
00:17:34
Play 48 48 - Volume III Chapter 6 Fred DeBerardinis
00:18:47
Play 49 49 - Volume III Chapter 7 Fred DeBerardinis
00:15:25
Play 50 50 - Volume III Chapter 8 Anna Simon
00:09:13
Play 51 51 - Volume III Chapter 9 JimD
00:20:50
Play 52 52 - Volume III Chapter 10 Patti Cunningham
00:17:03
Play 53 53 - Volume III Chapter 11 John Kooz
00:26:07
Play 54 54 - Volume III Chapter 12 John Kooz
00:25:30
Play 55 55 - Volume III Chapter 13 John Kooz
00:29:57
Play 56 56 - Volume III Chapter 14 John Kooz
00:28:06
Play 57 57 - Volume III Chapter 15 John Kooz
00:31:40
Play 58 58 - Volume III Chapter 16 John Kooz
00:27:39
Play 59 59 - Volume III Chapter 17 John Kooz
00:22:04
Play 60 60 - Volume III Chapter 18 John Kooz
00:33:59
Play 61 61 - Volume III Chapter 19 John Kooz
00:32:53
Play 62 62 - Volume III Chapter 20 John Kooz
00:15:04