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Not only is this a thoroughly enjoyable listen but it works on another level too. Phileas Fogg as the archetypical Englishman comes over initially as a self-centered prig; then you remember that you are getting a view of the English Gentleman through French eyes. Having realised this, I found my interest in the story was that much the greater for it. Poor Detective Fix provides the comic counterpoint to the story (and not Passepartout as is shown in the Mike Todd film). Passepartout himself is treated very sympathetically and in many ways provides the 'glue' that binds the main characters together. The reader adopts just the right tone and pace for the characters and if you are able to forget the film (and in particular, that non-existant balloon flight), this book deserves its eight hours in your audio player.
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