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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    D'Arcy 04-04-17
    D'Arcy 04-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Well written and well read classic novel! It was easy to imagine myself there. I will listen to it again and again.

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    Michael 03-28-17
    Michael 03-28-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A favorite Julie's Verne book."

    loved it, really enjoyed the scientific details and nature of the story and the plot line.

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    DFK 03-08-17
    DFK 03-08-17

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    "Good story, some very relevant messages"

    This is not Verne's best book, but it is certainly an interesting story, exciting at times. I do understand why some reviewers of the book thought there is too much description of fish. I think if I were reading it and not having it read to me by a very good narrator, who succeeded in reading those lists of fish with some animation and enthusiasm, I, too, would have wanted to get on with the plot. The book would not have suffered if there were fewer fish named. I would find an annotated edition of this book interesting - which of the "scientific facts" are still considered to be fact, based on our much better scientific tools, and which turned out to be incorrect? Captain Nemo is an interesting complex character - not all evil, but certainly not a saint. The book contains some important conservationist messages (usually channeled through Captain Nemo): overfishing, extinction of species, the harms of whaling, etc. That is quite progressive, but these messages are not consistent. Why is one type of whale considered worth protecting and another, that attacks sperm whales, considered "evil", deserving of destruction? In the wild, not counting what humans do, one species won't make another extinct by hunting it. You can't blame a tiger for being a predator. So the conservationist message, though valuable, is not quite mature, but I think considering that even today many people do not yet realize that poaching for ivory tusks is wrong, I have to give Verne a lot of credit. These matters are not the main plot line, but are certainly valuable points of discussion about the book, making it worthwhile reading (or listening) today. The narrator was very good, as I said, making even the rather padded fish descriptions pleasant to listen to. The quality of the recording was not particularly good - too many times I could hear "cut&paste" segments - the quality of the same character's voice changed. It was not terribly distracting, but it could be improved. However, when I listened to the samples of the narrators available (and investigated which translations are used), I am not sorry at all that I chose this one. BTW, this is considered one of the better translations (Anthony Bonner), if not the best, but it certainly seemed quite adequate.

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    H.Davis 01-13-17
    H.Davis 01-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "More information than I wanted to know."

    There's no way I'll retain all the nautical references in this book. I found myself tuning out during the categorizing of all the ocean life. The story was very interesting in spite of all that.

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    Justin 12-30-16
    Justin 12-30-16
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    "for another time"

    It was a solid book but it was written for people back in the times the classification of various marine fauna was entertainment. There was entire sections that was classifying various marine wildlife in Genus, Classic, Sub-Class, Family, etc. Other than that the book was great.

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    Lindsay Beattie Fort Worth, TX USA 10-03-16
    Lindsay Beattie Fort Worth, TX USA 10-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic and brilliant!"

    The story itself is compelling in a very unusual way that cannot be defined easily if at all. Verne is a master storyteller and "20,000 Leagues" is no exception.

    In addition, James Frain did a most superb job of reading! I would have enjoyed listening to anything by him. His inflection, tone, and cadence are everything I want in an audiobook. While it seems he doesn't have much else on Audible (only one book, I believe), I feel inclined to listen just to hear his reading of it.

    Most enjoyable experience all around!

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    Craig 09-10-16
    Craig 09-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing performance"

    This is an amazing book, and the narrator does a superb job. I think anyone would enjoy this book, with a little patience for the many scientific descriptions. The narrator does a great job of hiding the drama

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    Amazon Customer 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful!"

    the narrator does an amazing job with the characters! great read. I've listened to this book 3 times already!

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    Roxanne Rodriguez 06-30-16
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    "Excellent narration and story!"

    To think how far in the past this was written is amazing! The narrator was spectacular. I found Verne to be incredibly entertaining, and I learned a thing or two. Absolutely a worthwhile read. Take a trip around the world with the Professor and Captain Nemo.

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    Alex 06-22-16
    Alex 06-22-16
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    "excellent narrator"

    If you don't have an niche for fish or biology the lengthy classifications are dry

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