An Antarctic Mystery; or, The Sphinx of the Ice Fields
- A Sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'
- Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
- Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-01-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Arthur Gordon Pym (1845) was only one of many Poe stories which Verne admired; no other single author had more impact on his writing. Verne acknowledged this debt in his only major piece of literary criticism, a detailed 1864 article entitled "Edgard [sic] Poe and His Work".
Poe (1809-1849) was just emerging on the French literary scene in translation as Verne was writing his first plays and short stories. Verne was familiar with a broad range of Poe's works, the well-remembered stories as well as many that are obscure today. What is to be admired in Poe, Verne wrote, "are the novelties of his situations, the discussion of little-known facts, the observations of the unhealthy faculties of Mankind, the choice of subject-matter, the ever-strange personality of his characters, their nervous, sickly temperaments, their ways of expressing themselves by bizarre interjections. And yet, among all these improbabilities, exists at times a verisimilitude that grips the credulity of the reader."
This edition is a newly revised and modernized translation and features a new introduction by Brian Taves.
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By Tad Davis on 06-07-14
Good, but not all of Verne
This is a tough one. The narrator is good - something unfortunately all too rare in Verne audiobooks - and the translation has been somewhat revised from the original by "Mrs Cashel Hoey." But the audiobook is missing the Brian Taves introduction mentioned in the description. And a comparison of the text with a more recent translation - the one by Rick Walter published by SUNY - shows that many of the cuts made by Mrs Hoey have not been restored in this version. I would use this as an intro to the story - but try to get your hands on the Walter edition (which has, in addition to the original novel by Edgar Allan Poe, a long critical essay by Verne about Poe's novel).
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By Daniel G. on 06-11-17
A Great Example of the Writing of the Period
Modern audiences might find the writing dense, and filled with minutia that does not move the action along. I enjoyed reading Verne on my early teens, and the pacing took me right back to adventure stories like 80,000 Leagues Under the Sea.