Friday, 7 November 2008

Around the World in 72 Days

The Official Blurb

This is a true account by American woman journalist who, in 1889, set out to see whether she could beat the fictional journey in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Wearing one dress and carrying one handbag, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (pen name “Nellie Bly”), reported her travels back to avid readers in America.

My Review

This is the second Nellie Bly story/journalistic novel I've listened to and I must admit to be being just as delighted with this one as the last.

The story itself is very journalistic and of its day, that is, rather than hearing about all of the trials and tribulations we rather get to hear about Nellie's impressions of the exotic things she sees and finds and the feminine focus thereon. In a modern equivalent we would hear about the stuggle at immigration, the danger from rebels and what have you.

So the tone of this narrative is very bouyant and upbeat but does lack a little in "grit". It also has a bit of a mystery! Who was the other woman doing the round the world trip?

All in all a good listen, as the narrator/reader pitches just the right reading for this upbeat work.

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 7/9

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