One day in the early 1870’s, Jules Verne read that with the transportation options then available, a traveler could go entirely around the world in 90 days.
That was all this incredibly gifted and far-seeing author needed to hear, and he immediately began writing one of his most famous works, Around the World in 80 Days!
Before he got back to his apartment, Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout were already half-way around the world…in his mind anyway!
This story, part travelogue, part suspense novel, was serialized in a local French newspaper, Le Temps, in 1872, and the circulation of that paper soared as people couldn’t wait for the next exciting chapter of this incredible adventure novel.
I’ve never had more FUN recording a book than I did recording this one. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
This unabridged recording is 7 hours 3 minutes long!
1. In which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout accept each other, the one as Master, the other as Man. 10:31
2. In which Passepartout is convinced that he has at last found his ideal 8:02
3. In which a conversation takes place which seems likely to cost Phileas Fogg dear 12:56
4. In which Phileas Fogg astounds Passepartout, his servant 6:45
5. In which a new species of funds, unknown to the moneyed men, appears on Change 6:30
6. In which Fix, the detective, betrays a very natural impatience 8:37
7. Which once more demonstrates the uselessness of passports as aids to detectives 5:18
8. In which Passepartout talks rather more, perhaps, than is prudent 7:37
9. In which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean prove propitious to the designs of Phileas Fogg 10:49
10. In which Passepartout is only too glad to get off with the loss of his shoes 11:05
11. In which Phileas Fogg secures a curious means of conveyance at a fabulous price 17:31
12. In which Phileas Fogg and his companions venture across the Indian forests, and what ensued. 14:25
13. In which Passepartout receives a new proof that fortune favors the brave 12:58
14. In which Phileas Fogg descends the whole length of the beautiful valley of the Ganges without ever thinking of seeing it 13:23
15. In which the bag of banknotes disgorges some thousands of pounds more 12:36
16. In which Fix does not seem to understand in the least what is said to him 10:24
17. Showing what happened on the voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong 11:59
18. In which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix go each about his business 8:45
19. In which Passepartout takes a too great interest in his master, and what comes of it 14:10
20. In which Fix comes face to face with Phileas Fogg 11:45
21. In which the master of the Tankadere runs great risk of losing a reward of two hundred pounds 16:22
22. In which Passepartout finds out that, even at the Antipodes, it is convenient to have some money in one’s pocket 14:12
23. In which Passepartout’s nose becomes outrageously long 13:17
24. During which Mr. Fogg and party cross the Pacific Ocean 12:46
25. In which a slight glimpse is had of San Francisco 13:12
26. In which Phileas Fogg and party travel by the Pacific Railroad 11:09
27. In which Passepartout undergoes at a speed of 20 miles an hour a course of Mormon history 13:46
28. In which Passepartout does not succeed in making anybody listen to reason 16:05
29. In which certain incidents are narrated which are only to be met with on American railroads 13:41
30. In which Phileas Fogg simply does his duty 14:20
31. In which Fix, the detective, considerably furthers the interests of Phileas Fogg 12:01
32. In which Phileas Fogg engages in a direct struggle with bad fortune 7:25
33. In which Phileas Fogg shows hiself equal to the occasion 16:57
34. In which Phileas Fogg at last reaches London 6:46
35. In which Phileas Fogg does not have to repeat his orders to Passepartout twice 11:07
36. In which Phileas Fogg’s name is once more at a premium on ‘Change 7:06
37. In which it is shown that Phileas Fogg gained nothing by his tour around the world, unless it were happiness 6:52
Total Listening Time – 7 hours and 3 minutes