800 Leagues on the Amazon

  • von Jules Verne
  • Sprecher: John Bolen
  • 9 Std. 18 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Take a journey on a giant raft with Joam Garral down 800 leagues on the Amazon. Garral, a Brazilian, lives on a thriving fazenda (plantation) in the Peruvian frontier with his loving family. But his daughter's imminent marriage to a Brazilian army surgeon compels him to return to his homeland to face the dark secrets of his past. Will his love and dedication to his family help him in his struggle to right injustice? Will a strange encoded message be deciphered in time to save him?


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No, señor!

Have you ever been offended by how an audiobook was read? I was not,
until John Bolen and Tantor Media came along with their violation of
Jules Verne's "800 Leagues on the Amazon." I have listened to many a
bad reading by incompetent readers. But Mr. Bolen is not an
incompetent reader. He is worse: He is ignorant. I cannot imagine how
else one would fall for the idea to read EACH AND EVERY line of dialog
in a phony Spanish dialect?! A dialect would have been appropriate if
the characters of the novel would speak different languages, but
apparently they do not, though the story begins in Peru and ends in
Brazil (obviously Verne did not care much). There are no foreigners,
like the typical Frenchman, in this story, unlike most of Vernes

If you have read Verne, you will know that his figures speak in a
noble, well mannered fashion. In Boles reading they all sound like
Mexican bandidos in a cheap Western. Excerpt for the women. They sound
like Mexican bandidos in drag. None of the passion, dignity or anguish
expressed by the characters withstands such a treatment. It is one great

It is a shame, as this is actually a fine Verne novel. It starts out
as a typical Verne travelling adventure, including all the geographical
and biological trivia that Verne likes to educate his reader with. But
in the second part it becomes a very dense and convincing race against
the clock.

Unfortunately there is no way to rate the book and the reading
independently. The book would get 4 out of 5 stars, then. But the
reading deserves not a single star. Avoid this audiobook!
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Junovis

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.03.2002
  • Verlag: Tantor Audio