We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea | [Jules Verne]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.
Regular Price:$1.39
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Jules Verne’s classic underwater tale.

A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

After much fruitless searching, the monster is found, and the ship charges into battle. During the fight, the ship's steering is damaged, and the three men are thrown overboard. They find themselves stranded on the "hide" of the creature, only to discover to their surprise that it is a large metal construct. They are quickly captured and brought inside the vessel, where they meet its enigmatic creator and commander, Captain Nemo.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (179 )
5 star
 (72)
4 star
 (58)
3 star
 (38)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.1 (169 )
5 star
 (76)
4 star
 (45)
3 star
 (37)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.1 (165 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (61)
3 star
 (31)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John S MA 07-18-13
    John S MA 07-18-13 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    219
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    94
    91
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A classic that everyone should read."

    This book was $2, and well worth it. I read the book 20 years ago, but decided to listen to it again. Buy the book and don't use the credit though. It will be the best $2 you spend on audible.

    Written over 100 years ago it accurately predicts submarines, deep sea diving and other technologies. The narration by Peter Hausmann is great and the story can't be beat. I could write more, but at $2 try it for yourself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katrina Rushville, IN, United States 03-28-13
    Katrina Rushville, IN, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Feel like I went on the voyage"
    If you could sum up Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Breathtaking unforgettable voyage


    What did you like best about this story?

    When they went for their first walk underwater to the forest. The way the reader brought excitement in his voice when talking about the wanders the professor was seeing piked your interest so much that you had to stop the book and go look up pictures of what the book was describing. And that caused the book to come even more to life. And the walk through the sunken city of Atlantis. The description of the volcanic active lightening up the city. It made me want to take the time to wonder among the ruins described.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Hussman – was your favorite?

    The Canadian harpooner - Peter's voice inflections brought alive the surliness, frustration and anger. You didn't just hear the words you felt like the real person was there and you were witnessing the actual scene.


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

    Most definitely. And I will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew that movies aren't as good as the book and that Disney basically rewrote most of the stories they made. But they left so much of the best stuff out of the movie that it was a real surprise to actually listen to the book. I hated to stop to go into work each day. And I would take the country way home so I could drive slower to be able to listen longer. While the Nautilus was going through the Mediterranean, I was driving though the ice and snow. The story became so involving that when I parked, it was like going into a dream world instead of reality when I got out to face the walk through the cold parking lot to work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 11-11-13
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 11-11-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3162
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1549
    244
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2525
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great translation, so-so narration"

    I tried very hard to like this audiobook, because it uses the best public domain translation of Verne's masterpiece currently available: the first version of F. P. Walter's translation, which is available on Gutenberg and elsewhere. (Walter has since re-translated the book in a copyrighted anthology called "Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics." This anthology is THE place to start if you're just getting interested in Verne. It's available from Amazon in both paper and Kindle versions and includes many illustrations from the original French editions.) Walter's translation is clear, accurate, and idiomatic.

    Unfortunately, Peter Husmann's narration falls short on a couple of key points. First - and I admit this may be subjective - he sounds like he's outside the novel looking in, rather than "inhabiting" it. His tone is slightly condescending, as if he's talking down to the listener. He's reading the book out loud, not telling the story. It may be that this was a conscious choice aimed at making the book more accessible to younger readers, but I didn't enjoy it. (Playing it with Audible's 1.25x or even 1.5x option did help this a bit.)

    He also mispronounces some of the names, Aronnax in particular. It's "Aaron-ax" - Husmann pronounces it "Aaron-no", as if it were spelled Aronnaux. I found this distracting. "Conseil" is also mispronounced - it should be con-SAY, not con-SAIL. (Understand that these are my American approximations of the French.)

    I would love to see a different reader tackle Walter's translation - or, alternatively, to see Husmann have another try at this one: he's got a good, strong voice; can clearly distinguish between the different characters; and would benefit greatly from a more natural delivery. (Come to think of it, maybe what he was missing was a good director.) Doing this book is clearly a labor of love for Husmann: at the time I wrote this, the "list price" was less than $2.00.

    Actually what I would REALLY love to see is someone tackling all five of the novels in the anthology: this one, "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Around the World in 80 Days," "From the Earth to the Moon" and its sequel "Around the Moon." Verne is a wonderful writer, and so far the audio versions of his work have been kind of piecemeal.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    tony TUCSON, AZ, United States 03-04-13
    tony TUCSON, AZ, United States 03-04-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "wow really enjoyed this"

    loved this very very interesting. great fun. have been meaning to read this for years well worth it and better to listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 07-17-13
    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 07-17-13 Member Since 2008

    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    50
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    133
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The genius of Jules Verne that continues to inspir"
    Any additional comments?

    The plot of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas is essentially simple: Three men set out to capture and explain the unexplainable. Instead they are captured and encounter a brilliant madman who travels the seas seeking revenge and beauty. The men cannot continue in such a manner, so they risk their lives to free themselves.
    A good portion of this novel is mere entertainment. Verne spends paragraphs explaining geography and marine life. These descriptions do little to advance the plot except when characterization is revealed through their observation. The amazing thing of this and indeed all of his novels is Verne's ability to fortell inventions that had yet to be made. Electricity for power, the scuba tank, and the submarine were not to make their appearance for many years after the novel was published in 1870.
    The pioneering submarine designer Simon Lake credited his inspiration to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,and his autobiography begins "Jules Verne was in a sense the director-general of my life." William Beebe, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and Robert Ballard found similar early inspiration in the novel, and Jacques Cousteau called it his "shipboard bible".
    The aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont named Verne as his favorite author and the inspiration for his own elaborate flying machines. Igor Sikorsky often quoted Verne and cited his Robur the Conqueror as the inspiration for his invention of the first successful helicopter.
    The rocketry innovators Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard, and Hermann Oberth are all known to have taken their inspiration from Verne's From the Earth to the Moon.Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders, the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission, were similarly inspired, with Borman commenting "In a very real sense, Jules Verne is one of the pioneers of the space age".
    Polar explorer Richard E. Byrd, after a flight to the South Pole, paid tribute to Verne's polar novels The Adventures of Captain Hatteras and An Antarctic Mystery by saying "It was Jules Verne who launched me on this trip."
    The preeminent speleologist Édouard-Alfred Martel noted in several of his scientific reports that his interest in caves was sparked by Verne's Mathias Sandorf. Another influential speleologist, Norbert Casteret, traced his love of "caverns, abysses and underground rivers" to his avid youthful reading of Journey to the Center of the Earth, calling it "a marvelous book, which impressed and fascinated me more than any other", and adding "I sometimes re-read it still, each time finding anew the joys and enthusiasm of my childhood".
    The French general Hubert Lyautey took much inspiration from the explorations in Verne's novels. When one of his more ambitious foreign projects was met with the reply "All this, sir, it's like doing a Jules Verne", Lyautey famously responded: "Yes, sir, it's like doing a Jules Verne, because for twenty years, the people who move forward have been doing a Jules Verne."
    Other scientific figures known to have been influenced by Verne include Fridtjof Nansen, Wernher von Braun, Guglielmo Marconi, and Yuri Gagarin.
    The real genius of this work, besides its incessant entertainment, lies in its ability to present technological advancement as the potential demise of man. This is an unnerving subject for the 19th century world which was riding high on the effects of the spreading Industrial Revolution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Micheal Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-04-13
    Micheal Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-04-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The first Leg"
    What made the experience of listening to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

    I had forgotten about the Canadian chareter beign so prevalent in the story


    What other book might you compare Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to and why?

    Journy to the center of the earth:
    why:
    Same author
    Similar scientific / naturalist discussions
    Excellent euphamisums and descriptions of the foreign presonality and ideals without being odvoius.
    (Canadian in this book and the Icelander in Journy to the center of the Earth)


    What about Peter Hussman’s performance did you like?

    good voice work, not as much deffinition of charecter by voice action as Ive heard befroe but still very eliquently spoken.


    Any additional comments?

    chapter pauses are too long more then once i found myself checking to see if the program had paused.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryant Zimmerman Grand Rapids, MI United States 07-12-14
    Bryant Zimmerman Grand Rapids, MI United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2013

    It's a Communication Thing

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jules Verne an outstanding tale of adventure"
    What did you love best about Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?

    The book is a classic. I love the detail and descriptive nature of this book. It paints a new picture in each chapter. The characters come to life in the telling of the tale.


    Did Peter Husmann do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The voicing of the characters was a bit flat for my liking. If this version of the books was done by someone with a bit more voice depth I would likely buy it. The reading was well done at times I missed the character transitions and had to backup to get the current context.


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

    This book due to it's descriptive nature was one that for me was better spread out over several days of listing. I kind of needed time to process the different scenes of travel thru out the book. I have seen many movie depictions of this book and they were all very different. When I listen to the book again I will likely not stop as much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    McKenna 06-26-14
    McKenna 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic book"
    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Peter Husmann?

    Probably not


    What was most disappointing about Jules Verne’s story?

    The story was great, but the rambling of the author provided for some really dry spells in the book. Not the best book ever, but I do know that I love the Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, which is why i got this one.


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

    Characters voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Savon CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 03-29-14
    Savon CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 03-29-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Favorite classic before and after"
    Would you listen to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea again? Why?

    I have always loved this book and it is my all time favorite classic! Husmann took a second to get used to but he grew on me and I also fell in love with his story telling. Great great novel at a great great buy!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Lenoir City, TN, United States 03-05-14
    Michael Lenoir City, TN, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm having a bromance with coffee!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great classic book to include in your library!"
    Where does Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book doesn't rank very high. The story itself is great when you take away the many tedious classifications of fish and plant life included. The book could be shortened by a quarter without of the exhaustive listings. A bit of an uphill climb if you will.


    What other book might you compare Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to and why?

    The book would be a good comparison to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Jules Verne loves to include lots of classifications! Great story writer though!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoilers!!!

    When the Captain was explaining the submarine functions to his captives. Even before that technology existed, much of it was prophesied by Jules Verne. Very exciting!


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

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 13 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • elizabeth
    ALFORD, United Kingdom
    1/30/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Twenty thousand reasons to be stunned into boredom"
    Would you try another book written by Jules Verne or narrated by Peter Husmann?

    I would try a book narrated by Peter Husmann again. I read Around the world in 80 days which was fine, but this one was mostly long lists of things.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would cut down on some of the lists of things.


    What three words best describe Peter Husmann’s voice?

    Smooth level. Steady


    Was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea worth the listening time?

    No but once started I wanted to get to the end. I don't like giving up on a book. I couldn't recommend it in any way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    8/11/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well written but dated"

    I say dated not just because many of the core concepts have been realised and surpassed, but because the vivid descriptions of marine life themselves have also become somewhat common place in the light of documentaries. I'm not saying there is no place in literature for descriptions of the mundane, daffodils are common place and yet Wordsworth managed to do them justice :) However, the descriptions here are of a scientific nature, not a poetical one.
    Having said that, the character of Nemo is still enigmatic and there is some enjoyment to be had from that, but overall, I felt the book could have been shortened to half it's length and still held all of it's enjoyment for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Honiton, United Kingdom
    5/14/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The reader's style and delivery is annoying"

    This was a cheap buy - and I can see why. The reader's delivery grates on the ear and becomes annoying after a very short time. I think the main problem is that his style is to over-emphasis just about everything he says, and his voice goes dramatically up and down during every sentence. I'm going for a refund!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-3 of 3 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.