A Journey to the Center of the Earth (All Time Worldwide Bestseller by JULES VERNE) Complete Unabridged English NOOKBook Special Edition BY JULES VERNE (Author of Around the World in Eighty Days & Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) SCIENCE FICTION [NOOK Book]

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THE JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
(All Time Worldwide Bestseller by JULES VERNE)

Complete Unabridged English NOOKBook Special Edition

BY JULES VERNE
(Author of Around the World in Eighty Days & Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)

SCIENCE FICTION

A Journey to the Center of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre, also translated under the titles Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey to the Interior of the Earth) is a classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne.

The story involves a German professor who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy.

One of Verne's main ideas with his stories was also to educate the readers, and by placing the different extinct creatures the characters meet in their correct geological era, he is able to show how the world looked a long time ago, stretching from the ice age to the dinosaurs.


EXCERPT

My uncle took a few minutes to consider. For one short moment I felt a ray of hope, speedily to be extinguished. For he soon answered thus:

"What is darkness to you is light to me. This proves the ingenious care with which Saknussemm guarded and defined his discovery. Sneffels, or Snæfell, has several craters. It was therefore necessary to point out which of these leads to the centre of the globe. What did the Icelandic sage do? He observed that at the approach of the kalends of July, that is to say in the last days of June, one of the peaks, called Scartaris, flung its shadow down the mouth of that particular crater, and he committed that fact to his document. Could there possibly have been a more exact guide? As soon as we have arrived at the summit of Snæfell we shall have no hesitation as to the proper road to take."

Decidedly, my uncle had answered every one of my objections. I saw that his position on the old parchment was impregnable. I therefore ceased to press him upon that part of the subject, and as above all things he must be convinced, I passed on to scientific objections, which in my opinion were far more serious.

"Well, then," I said, "I am forced to admit that Saknussemm's sentence is clear, and leaves no room for doubt. I will even allow that the document bears every mark and evidence of authenticity. That learned philosopher did get to the bottom of Sneffels, he has seen the shadow of Scartaris touch the edge of the crater before the kalends of July; he may even have heard the legendary stories told in his day about that crater reaching to the centre of the world; but as for reaching it himself, as for performing the journey, and returning, if he ever went, I say no—he never, never did that."

"Now for your reason?" said my uncle ironically.

"All the theories of science demonstrate such a feat to be impracticable."

"The theories say that, do they?" replied the Professor in the tone of a meek disciple. "Oh! unpleasant theories! How the theories will hinder us, won't they?"

I saw that he was only laughing at me; but I went on all the same.

"Yes; it is perfectly well known that the internal temperature rises one degree for every 70 feet in depth; now, admitting this proportion to be constant, and the radius of the earth being fifteen hundred leagues, there must be a temperature of 360,032 degrees at the centre of the earth. Therefore, all the substances that compose the body of this earth must exist there in a state of incandescent gas; for the metals that most resist the action of heat, gold, and platinum, and the hardest rocks, can never be either solid or liquid under such a temperature. I have therefore good reason for asking if it is possible to penetrate through such a medium."

"So, Axel, it is the heat that troubles you?"

"Of course it is. Were we to reach a depth of thirty miles we should have arrived at the limit of the terrestrial crust, for there the temperature will be more than 2372 degrees."

"Are you afraid of being put into a state of fusion?"

"I will leave you to decide that question," I answered rather sullenly. "This is my decision," replied Professor Liedenbrock, putting on one of his grandest airs. "Neither you nor anybody else knows with any certainty what is going on in the interior of this globe, since not the twelve thousandth part of its radius is known; science is eminently perfectible; and every new theory is soon routed by a newer. Was it not always believed until Fourier that the temperature of the interplanetary spaces decreased perpetually? and is it not known at the present time that the greatest cold of the ethereal regions is never lower than 40 degrees below zero?
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Meet the Author

Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre. He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised.

He is the second most translated author in the world (after Agatha Christie). Some of his books have also been made into live-action and animated films and television shows. Verne is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction", a title sometimes shared with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    Maybe Boring, Yet Rewarding

    If you have read other reviews of this book you noticed that some people find it repugnant and others delightful. This is a book for those who truly love to read and who are truly eager to learn. It is best to describe a book in a sentence or two if possible, so here's my try at it: Upon discovering a remarkable map, the nervous Henry and his eccentric Uncle are off to Iceland, where the ancient map leads them to a dormant volcano that witholds the path to the center of the earth. Along with them is their guide, Hans, who, being always calm and cool, leads them imperterbably through fields of diamonds, underground animal habitats, and dangerous encounters. The reader soon finds, along with the entertaining characters, that successfully descending to the earths center will not be as difficult as ascending back to the earth's crust! Again, don't bother reading this book if your attention span is minimal, Jules Verne does sometimes get pedantic! That is why I have given this book four stars. It really is a shame to waste 12 dollars, so I ask that you be a responsible reader and know your interests. If scientific things are not for you than find something else. If your a science-fiction reader, you know that sometimes the author lavishes you with details. So there, I hope this is helpful.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Creative for the time it was written, and still so

    As other Jules Verne books, this has excitement, adventure, danger, monsters, suspense, etc. I loved it as a child and loved it again when I read it to my child.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    A Look Into the Past

    Jules Verne is an astounding author who, for his time, had excellant scientific ideas. He is known as the father of science fiction for good reason. He set a standard for all authors to come. While the story may begin at a slow pace, it quickly picks up in intensity and realism as our heroes descend to the depths of our planet. For his time, Jules Verne was very advanced. This gives his story an aspect of truth which, with the suspenseful storline, compels you to keep turning the page. I highly recommend this book for any mature reader who wants to be opened to new ideas.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    after watching the movie, I had to read the book

    I watched the new movie with Brendan Fraser and thought, it's time I read this book. I found it to be enjoyable, though long in places. Definitely look forward to reading another Jules Verne.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    Dormant volcano and wild adventures

    If you like adventure in the early 1900's, then this is the book for you. Set in Germany, Professor Otto Lindebrock discovers a hidden, incripted page from the Heims-Kringla of Snorro Turleson, a fomous Icelandic writer or the twelfth century, from Arne Saknussemm, a celerated alchemist of the sixteenth century, that is written in a code. As the Professor and his nephew/lab assistant crack the incription, they find out it is a written discritpion of how to get to the center of the earth. As this journey begains, with the help of and Icelandic guide Hans, they head out for a journey of darkness,strange seas under the earth, wild storms that can eltrify a compass, dormant volcano's to wild rafting up a active volcano. Come and feel the excitement as they take A Journey to the Center of the Earth. What will they find? Will society or family ever hear of these three brave explorer again? How do they live in the center of the earth? Come and join them in this epic advenure.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    An ok book

    Some difficult words
    Had to look up words alot
    Very interesting
    Recommend for people who love sciene

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Pje22289

    This book is so boring! I love classics and science fiction novels but this is the worst of all I have read!! The author doesn't really stick to the point and is always off topic. I mean during a chapter the author might go on and on about some really long descriptions and you think that this is a waste of time and money reading this book but it was actually a great story when I was a kid. If you saw the movie the characters/actors could really make you get the perspective of what the people in the book were realy saying and doing! I am not saying that I HATE this book but if only some author out there could just translate and make this book sensible for young readers this book would be read by alot of people!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    THE BEST NOOK EDITION OF THIS TIMELESS CLASSIC

    This is the best Nook edition of this truly timeless classic. One of the best books every written.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    5 Stars!

    Just an awesome book, really keeps you interested in finding out what happens next

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    A read

    Lumbering, could hardly belive it saw the light of day. The love interest is the writer's cousin, and she is not there. Much talk about the ground they are covering. A 12 page section that accomplishes nothing. They see a humanoid and do not engage it. Virtually no character development, some monosybolic communication. Ugg.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    What has the world come to?

    This book is full of imagination and wonder. If you have a big imagination and enjoy science fiction then I recommend reading it. Although the text is somewhat difficult you can feel the amazement an excitement int the protagonist roles. The ending of the story could have been better. It seemed a little over dramatic and hard to believe because of the circumstances . If I could change anything it would be the end of the story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    USMC 21 years

    Great read, easy read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    :)

    :) :) :) ;)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    This is a great book. I liked it very much. It is good for people who like adventure stories and/or unexpectedness. The book is very well written, in my opinion. One of the best books I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Sure is!!

    Awesome book.......and two movies with josh hutcherson what could be better?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Great Fiction

    This 19th century tale is great fiction, well written, and diffently the best book by Jules Verne

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Very dated it only comes alive because of the films

    Made and we keep mixing the two visually in our minds this is true for other vernes. Also wells books and well movies two different things

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    Posted January 1, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Good!

    Good!

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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