Eighty days Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's history-making race around the world

Matthew Goodman

Sound recording - 2013

On November 14, 1889, two young female journalists raced against one another, determined to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero and circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would span 28,000 miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors' lives forever.

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New York : Random House Audio Publishing Group ; Books on Tape [2013]
Unabridged library ed
Physical Description
15 compact discs (18 hr., 57 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Matthew Goodman (-)
Other Authors
Kathe Mazur (-)
  • A free American girl
  • The newspaper gods of Gotham
  • The secret cupboard
  • "How quick can a woman go around the world?"
  • "I think I can beat Phileas Fogg's record"
  • Living by railroad time
  • A map of the world
  • "Et ego in Arcadia"
  • Baksheesh
  • An English market town in China
  • "The guessing match has begun in beautiful earnest"
  • The other woman is going to win
  • The Temple of the Dead
  • The mysterious travel agent
  • The special train
  • "From Jersey to Jersey is around the world"
  • Father Time outdone.
Review by Library Journal Review

Goodman (The Sun and the Moon) combines thorough research with the ability to tell a riveting story in this account of an episode that gripped America in 1889. Two very different newspaper women-Nellie Bly, bold and impatient from small-town Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Bisland, a more introspective, genteel Southerner-raced each other around the world. The women traveled in opposite directions by train, ferry, and steamship, with the goal of outdoing Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg's 80-day trip. The journey illustrated the difficulties of travel at the time while showing everyday life in such exotic places as Hong Kong, Ceylon, and Yokohama. Chapters alternate between the women and focus on their lives from before the contest until their deaths. Narrator Kathe Mazur skillfully depicts each woman. She also expresses Goodman's rich descriptions, while quotations offer just the right tone, pace, and emotion. VERDICT Those who enjoy history with an emphasis on women's experiences and historical travel will particularly relish this title. ["A delightful trifle-solid history, though not wide ranging-filled with energizing details. History lovers will eat it up," read the review of the Ballantine hc, LJ 1/13.-Ed.]-Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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