A 33 year old with a painfully short attention span. Audible brought me back to reading."
The way the story unfolded with beautiful language and vivid imagery. I sometimes have a hard time visualizing things when listening to books, but I had absolutely no problem with this book. At certain times (Atlantis particularly) I found myself breathless, even teary eyed.
Captain Nemo, naturally. He's a mysterious genius that you just find yourself wanting to know more about. My biggest emotional reactions throughout the book all were in relation to Captain Nemo.
I'm not sure I could sit for 15 hours. I'd listen to it in two sittings though.
I know that a lot of people have commented about the overly large amount of lists of flora and fauna throughout the story, and I have to admit those were the only time I found my mind wandering. I didn't really mind though, and it didn't take away from the story at all.
My only real critique is that at times Ned sounds very Scottish. It's not that it bothered me, it's just that any time he was referred to as "the Canadian" I chuckled. Maybe he was Scottish Canadian.
I kept being put in mind of the Count as Captain Nemo had an answer for everything. The underwater scenes were incredibly imaginative but some of the magic was lost due to 21st century reality. I liked it but I don't think I'll need to listen to it again any time soon. (My first Verne novel was Around the World in 80 Days, and I loved it!)
I'm a geek with people skills. Strange, I know, but true!
When I purchased this classic Jules Verne text, I was looking forward to exploring the oceans of the world beneath the waves with James Frain, an actor whose work I have enjoyed for more than a few years. Imagine my disappointment when listening to this masterpiece of writing, only to discover that Frain's performance was not the aural feast I had hoped for.
Frain apparently had immense difficulty pronouncing a significant number of words in the book. (e.g. Anemone.) At first I thought it was my imagination that a phrase here and there was overdubbed, but as the incidences persisted I realized that not only were there a great many words he had mispronounced, but that the corrections were read in by someone other than Frain!
Additionally, Frain's reading of the book is horribly uneven... The first part is rushed and flat, almost as if he were engaged in a reading race. Now, I will admit that I have become spoiled by Davina Porter's reading of the Outlander series, but the decision to read Ned Land with a Yorkshire accent??? He sounds like he's imitating Sean Bean! It's Ned *LAND* not Ned Stark! Ned Land's character is Canadian, not from Northern England. And that is the only character whose performance has a distinct voice. Conseil's voice is indistinguishable from that of Prof. Aronnax, the narrator in the piece, and Nemo's voice is likewise lackluster, sounding stiff and bland.
By the time we get to the second part of the book Frain finally starts reading at a more reasonable pace, and with more feeling. Unfortunately, his voice has also become hoarse, and the transition from headlong-and-flat to reasonable-and-with-feeling-but-scratchy is so abrupt as not to be believed.
All that said, it is still Jules Verne, and that may be the only saving grace for this audiobook. But given the shoddy performance Frain delivers in this work I will be hard-pressed to ever download a reading by him again.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I loved the words and their makeup. I enjoyed James Frain's narration but did find this long and tedious at times. Great for description of places, people and things but the detail it went to bored me a little with that minute detail.
Nemo of course, such a strange and fascinating character
This is long, it is at times tedious in descriptions right down to the number of rivets on the Nautilus. But if you are looking for a well written, distinctive story to take you to places you may never see this is a good buy