The Underground City or the Child of the Cavern

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(4.4 stars; 165 reviews)

Covering a time span of over ten years, this novel follows the fortunes of the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine, thought to have been mined out ten years earlier. Starr finds mine overman Simon Ford and his family living in a cottage deep inside the mine; he is astonished to find that Ford has made a discovery of the presence of a large vein of coal. Accompanying Simon Ford are his wife, Madge, and adult son, Harry. (Summary by Wikipedia) (4 hr 30 min)


01 - Contradictory Letters 12:04 Read by Patrick Wells
02 - On the Road 13:05 Read by Dillon Stiles
03 - The Dochart Pit 15:26 Read by Sean Michael Hogan
04 - The Ford Family 16:05 Read by Bellona Times
05 - Some Strange Phenomena 8:33 Read by Jacob Alden Miller
06 - Simon Ford's Expirement 16:28 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
07 - New Aberfoyle 13:00 Read by BrandonM
08 - Exploring 17:02 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
09 - The Fire Maidens 27:07 Read by Ann Boulais
10 - Coal Town 11:14 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
11 - Hanging by a Thread 16:43 Read by Ann Boulais
12 - Nell Adopted 21:50 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
13 - On the Revolving Ladder 10:57 Read by Sean Michael Hogan
14 - A Sunrise 17:57 Read by Sean Michael Hogan
15 - Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine 7:08 Read by Sean Michael Hogan
16 - A Final Threat 16:03 Read by Sean Michael Hogan
17 - The "Monk" 14:18 Read by Sean Michael Hogan
18 - Nell's Wedding 12:09 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
19 - The Legend of Old Silfax 3:30 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)



(4 stars)

Though not as lengthy as most of his books, it was still a good yarn. As usual, Verne gives us some useful and interesting technical info. A very good reading.

classic Verne story.

(5 stars)

I actually think all of the readers did a great job! No one with an annoying fake accent or the inability of annunciation

Great book and good readers.

(5 stars)

A few readers were tedious but most were very good.

Great Book!

(5 stars)

I thought it was very interesting, with a good amount of suspense!

The story is ok. All of the readers seems to do a good job.

(4 stars)

good listen

(4 stars)

a little slow in the beginning but still a good book

nice short well impressed with detail

(4 stars)

not what I expected

(2 stars)

Kind of boring story. Not what I'd consider SciFi. I listened to the whole thing, hoping for a change to an interesting tale. I was disappointed... One would do better to search out a more known SciFi classic by the master Verne.