The Mysterious Island [NOOK Book]

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Mysterious Island is the third book in a trilogy by Verne (the 1st being In Search of the Castaways and the 2nd the famous 20000 Leagues Under the Sea). I think it's by far the best of the three - it's one of my favourites of Verne and makes the other 2 look completely superficial. It was one of my favourites as a child but now I really want to read it as an adult as I think it will be even better. A bunch of people fighting on the side of the abolisionists in the US Civil War escape a siege on a hot air balloon....
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The Mysterious Island

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Overview

Mysterious Island is the third book in a trilogy by Verne (the 1st being In Search of the Castaways and the 2nd the famous 20000 Leagues Under the Sea). I think it's by far the best of the three - it's one of my favourites of Verne and makes the other 2 look completely superficial. It was one of my favourites as a child but now I really want to read it as an adult as I think it will be even better. A bunch of people fighting on the side of the abolisionists in the US Civil War escape a siege on a hot air balloon. They're blown off course and are shipwrecked on a deserted island on the Pacific. However, Verne takes an optimistic approach to the story (of course it helps that the 5 or so people are all quite good at one thing or another). Over the period of their stay, they "conquer" the island as they build what is literally a civilisation with their bare hands. What follows is a story of redemption, struggle and the amazing parts of the human spirit (ones most people never get to see outside of extreme circumstances), as well as the heroes' hunt for the secret of the island. It is a pleasure to publish this new, high quality, and affordable edition of this timeless story.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013114043
  • Publisher: Petra Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 600
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Marvelous!

    This book captures your attention from the very beginning never releasing until the final mystery is revealed. This epic classic begins its journey when five Civil War American prisoners are cast onto a far away deserted island in the South Pacific, with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their ingenuity to rely on for survival. With a mystery that eludes even the sharpest of sleuths slowly unraveling throughout every chapter, while Jules' amazing vocabulary places you right in the middle of a story line that is exploding with page turning content. This masterpiece leaves Robinson Cruose, the Swiss Family Robinson, and any other survival stories in the dust. With an intriguing and mind boggling mystery that eludes the reader throughout the entire story. It is truly a wonderful adventure to escape to, that I recommend to every reader waiting for a tale that captures one's mind. Anonymous

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Re: to 'movie'

    Yes the movie is SO X-TREMELY AWESOME!!!!!! i have seen it twice!!!!! Hoping the book is just as good.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    the last pages are missing

    as this was done by scanning, the book has many misspellings, and weird page breaks. but the kicker, is that the last few pages are missing!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Too many errors

    There are too many formatting errors in this version to make it worth reading. Then to top it off, the end of the book is cut off several paragraphs sort of the men...... but I don't want to spoil it. Pay a buck or two for a properly formatted book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    This book was fun

    Well this nook has alot of adventure in it. The story has much to offer in way of adventure, the strugle to survive keeps you going and on the edge of your seat one of vernes better stories in my opinion i would recomens this book as a great adventure for those who like exciting dramatic adventures to keep you occupied this book was alotod fun to read the onlt down part is therevare parys where the writer goes off telling his political views on things but other than that its a great read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    Mysterious Island

    Somehow I approach a Jules Verne novel expecting to journey through great mystery and adventure on land, on sea, perhaps on the moon. And Mysterious Island does indeed have a tale to tell, although the story is quite thin and the conversational styles annoyingly outdated. Verne spends so much time describing how the castaways survive on the island that the novel reads more like a survivalist guide than a work of intriguing fiction. I found myself skimming through yet another overly detailed description of how they farmed, how they made tools, how they extracted metal, so eager was I to get back to the story, which in the end was simply not enough to keep me going.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    Great book if your into Survival studies

    A very enjoyable book. Part adventure, part survival guide. You have to understand there is a lot of detail on how to survive on an island, maybe more than some people would like to read about. But there was enough action too, especially involving the pirates. Warning! There are no giant chickens, giant crabs, giant bees, or woman castaways found in the movie. This was a great adventure book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Good

    Great book foor kids

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    Jules Verne... Master of Stories

    I just finished reading this book. I would say the only thing this book has going against it is its length. It takes commitment to read this book. I could have done without the whole 1st part as nothing exciting happens really (except the crash landing onto the island itself). But then it gradually picked up after Part 1. I am a huge Jules Verne fan, and I do beleive this book could have been as popular as his other famed novels had it not been for its length. The ending is gripping and very suspensful, but when I read the last words, I was utterly satisfied. Thank you Mr. Verne, for sharing your wonderful talents with the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Take your time--and enjoy it!!!

    Intelligent, educational--you'll learn more about the natural sciences than you ever wanted to know--and adventurous. The colonists' consistent good fortune--even without Captain Nemo--and Verne's inexplicable confusion of dates are minor distractions. You have to stick with it--some of the novel can be boring--but you'll be a better human being after reading it. So savor the experience--there aren't writers like Verne anymore!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    Inspiring!

    This book is inspiring. It is not only educational, but full of suspense. You'll be surprised at how the endings of each part turn out. Even if it becomes boring occasionally, it won't last long and soon return to its suspenseful state. This page-turner is impossible to put down until you've at least finished a chapter (two towards the end).

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    I think...

    That they should make a videogame off of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    To ehh...

    I agree with you. I hate it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    This is a great book!

    This is an incredible book! It did get a little slow at some points, but on the whole it was a very good book. My favorite part was the orangutan. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Ehhh....

    This book is boring! I mean I know it is suppose to be a classic but honestly ilI was falling asleep while I was reading it. The book just goes on and on and on about they make a life for themselves on the island and how wonderful it all is for them. There is a mystery going about who else is on the island with them and you get really excited to know the answer. You keeo thinking that in the next act there going to reveal the answer but then to your dissappointment they dont. Eventually you dont even care what the answer to the mystery is and just want the book to be over. There are a few good things I can say about this book. I do enjoy how the writer was able to create a literary trio an extremely hard ting to do in writing (some writers who have done this are JK Rowling with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and Jules Vernes A Journey to the Center of the Earths three characters). I also enjoy the ending which I found very epic and incredibly beautiful for a book until up to that time had been very boring. The plot twists can also be very good sometimes althoug they dont manage to overcome the hundrum boredom of the story. All and all this is a great dissappointment for Jules Verne whose most books I like and consider to be a very talented writer. In the end this book shoots for adventure but ends up falling short of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Not unusual Free Download

    A few typos that are usually pretty easy to figure out -especially if you're experienced with these Free Internet copies- and the last few pages are missing, cutting off the explanation of just how everything worked out. An enjoyable read but will have to stop by the library and read the last couple of pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    SUKS!!!!!

    IF UR DUMB ENUFF YOLL

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    The Mysterious Island is an exciting tale of mystery and adventu

    The Mysterious Island is an exciting tale of mystery and adventure as a group of castaways struggle to overcome the elements and survive on an uncharted island. The novel was written by Jules Verne in 1874. In March 1865 in the closing days of the American Civil War, the main characters are being held captive in Richmond. They try to escape in a homemade hot air balloon during a terrible storm. Instead of being transported to safety the storm carried them near an island in the South Pacific. And as the characters try to survive on the island mysterious occurrences happen such as what the colonists need just mystically appears this happens when they throw prayers down a whole. All of it however is explained later when the group meet the man responsible for all the miracles that have occurred.
    The characters in the story are; Cyrus Smith - An engineer and natural leader, Smith uses his wealth of scientific know-how to lead many of the colonists' projects. Gideon Spilett - A seasoned journalist and fearless world traveler. Harbert – was the orphaned son of Pencroff's former captain and a naturalist. His knowledge of plants and animals helps the colonists. Neb - Smith's loyal servant and the island's chef. Pencroff – is a sailor in constant search of a tobacco plant on the island. His first question whenever a new animal is discovered is "can we eat it?"Top - Smith's faithful and very capable dog. He learned how to climb a rope ladder while on the island.
    The colonists start with nothing then steadily work their way up technology wise. The characters were almost too capable in their skills and got along so well. The projects they undertake seemed over the top and unnecessary but paid off in the end. The amount of scientific detail was correct. The most noticeable thing is that Verne builds up his characters in very dramatic terms. They appear almost superhuman in their personality traits and abilities. Some descriptions are clearly exaggerated for example the background on Cyrus Smith states that he was a "participant in every battle of" the Civil War as an officer and not only was he a officer in the civil war he was also an engineer who knew a great deal about physics, chemistry, botany, navigation, and many other fields seemed fairly unlikely. The island they land on is named after President Lincoln by the characters and make it their home until they can find a way off. The castaways even consider themselves colonists who will claim the island for the United States and plan to return to it if they ever get home. The theme in this book is that even though one’s own aptitude can be extraordinary everyone is at the mercy of nature. The book itself is written expertly and would something I would read if I didn’t have anything else to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    To bad it had to end

    Ive just started reading more and this is my second book read and how glad i am that it was! This contain everything entertaining so much so i didnt want it to end. I highly recommend it.

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