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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Written by: 
Jules Verne
Narrated by: 
James Frain
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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    Melynda Tilley Jacksonville, Florida 04-18-16
    Melynda Tilley Jacksonville, Florida 04-18-16

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    "Very very good narration"
    What did you love best about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

    The narrator did an excellent job of capturing the characters accents and inflections/emotions


    Any additional comments?

    The recording/editing was a bit strange. In a few places it seemed as though the recording would change in such a way that changed the sound of the narrator's voice. That would last for a minute or two and though go back to his normal accents/voice.

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    Ryan miller 04-11-16
    Ryan miller 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "nothing more interesting sounding than a Brit."

    if you being described fish and caves, go for it. it was alright. there were interesting scenes probably every 7 chapters.

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    D. Renai 03-16-16
    D. Renai 03-16-16
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    "Long Live Captain Nemo!"

    Great story of detailed exploration, and drama. A timeless classic, as relevant today as the day it was written

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    Nuckols 03-02-16
    Nuckols 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Always a Classic"
    What did you love best about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

    Knowing that this was considered Science Fiction at the time of writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure and episodic nature


    What about James Frain’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job with all characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Can't say it did that, but i feel for the time Verne wrote a very compelling book


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    Matthew B. Leslie Boise, ID USA 12-04-15
    Matthew B. Leslie Boise, ID USA 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hope you like fish descriptions..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The captivating part of the story is the mystery of Nemo. But so much of the book is spent literally listing the fish species visible through the Nautulis's windows. My mind wandered during those exhaustive passages...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I'm done with Jules Verne for awhile.


    Which character – as performed by James Frain – was your favorite?

    Ned Land, without a doubt. Nemo is just too uppity.


    Any additional comments?

    Science fiction has come a long, long ways from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and for that we should all be thankful.

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    C. I. James 10-22-15
    C. I. James 10-22-15
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    "Wonderul! Thoroughly enjoyed this performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this as an audiobook far more than as a reading-only book. The greatest challenge when reading this book is preserving the awesome story of the Nautilus's adventures and not being deterred by long lists of science jargon. There a many naturalist sections in the book with long lists of Latin names that can be tedious to read at times, especially since no one knows these names anymore. I took Latin and it still doesn't help. You would need a background in this field to know the names for animals, shells, and plant life. It would help to have a picture book with the names and the pictures. Of course a book like that would take a lot of time to put together properly. Anyway, the audiobook performance flies through these sections. The story is so moving and wondrous it deserves wading through lines of Latin. And what a story! The best! My favorite!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. I like treks and voyages and scientific adventures. He really does go around the entire world in a submarine. I wish to god I knew what species he was naming. If I could visualize that as he's listing them off I think this book would come alive even more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoy learning about the science behind the Nautilus. I think I enjoyed each adventure around the world, underwater secrets, escaping the ice. It stays with you after it's over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the crew and the narrator were asphyxiating in Antarctica.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! Or at least audiobook it!

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    Allison R. Kaserman 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic voyage"

    Just as exciting as I remember from Disney's movie version, though much deeper and richer in emotion. James Frain gives so much life to these characters, and I loved sitting on the edge of my seat at the end. Does Captain Nemo survive? Will he continue his explorations? We will never know. A beautiful rendering of a great classic.

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    Susan 08-09-15
    Susan 08-09-15
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    "Get lost in an undersea world"
    Would you listen to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea again? Why?

    Yes! The story is amazing. You get lost in the adventure and are amazed at Verne's technology, science and storytelling.


    What other book might you compare 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to and why?

    Any other Jules Verne book


    Which character – as performed by James Frain – was your favorite?

    that is tough, Ned Land was great, but then so was the Professor and Captain Nemo. And then there was Cansei and his classifying


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the nautilus was trapped under the ice


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent family book

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    Christopher 05-18-15
    Christopher 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If you like lists."

    This story is told from the perspective of a French professor, and Verne employs the vernacular of an overly educated man to characterize his narrator. I point this out because while this audio book is wonderfully performed and an exciting and great story there are frequent segments that amount to little more than lists of different kinds fish that, without illustrations, could only captivate fish enthusiasts.

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    Sue 04-23-15
    Sue 04-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Mystical magic"

    We heard this after visiting the Monterey Aquarium in CA. We went back the next day to experience more of the wonders of the deep. It was a perfect pairing!

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