An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention - a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo.
Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole... as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.
More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this classic novel, written in 1870, foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and advanced technology of the twentieth century and has become a literary stepping-stone for generations of science fiction writers.
Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library
I've heard so often how Jules Verne's writing inspired so many people to go into science and engineering and I now know why I've always hated science and engineering.
I found this book to be so tedious that I couldn't finish listening to it. Every single time a new discovery is made he goes on for pages describing the family, genus, sub-genus, related genus, genus that have no relation but are similarly spelled and so on and so on and so on. Ugh!
The characters are so two dimensional as to almost make one think that Verne must have written it like that was on purpose. Nemo never reacts any other way than cold, distant and unfazed.
The best word to describe this book is 'monotonous'.
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
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