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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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 is a perfect classic novel,
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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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    Susan Lawrenz-Smith 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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    Patrick M. Racey Knoxville, TN 06-05-14
    Patrick M. Racey Knoxville, TN 06-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic read with your son or daughter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to be better than the print version?

    No, but it was very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I kept thinking about Verne's imagination and how much like Asimov he was, thinking all that up so far in the past. Vey good read indeed!


    What does James Frain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's very good at the various voices--I never got confused once. He was excellent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, too long


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    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 10-20-13
    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2013

    34. Married. Cats. Lizards. Disney. Ghostbusters. TMNT. Rifftrax. 20,000 Leagues. Nail polish. Fibro sufferer. Likes bees. A lot.

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    "An amazing story"
    What did you love best about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'm not sure I could sit for 15 hours. I'd listen to it in two sittings though.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 10-15-13
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 10-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Cross between Monte Cristo and Moby Dick"

    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!)

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 10-08-12
    Garry Cannington, Australia 10-08-12 Member Since 2014

    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

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    "A great book a great telling but tough"
    What did you love best about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nemo of course, such a strange and fascinating character


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Bronwen Los Angeles, CA USA 07-25-13
    Bronwen Los Angeles, CA USA 07-25-13

    I'm a geek with people skills. Strange, I know, but true!

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    "Verne is Excellent, Frain less so..."

    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.

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