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.
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the language and style of this book are beautiful, but it is interrupted by drawn-out lists and catalogs. I found that I best enjoyed this book playing at 1.5x speed to keep up the pace a bit.
I'm pretty sure I heard the sentences "My dear friend Ned", "Where are we?", and "You are correct professor" about one hundred times a piece. Overall, the story was good. But very tedious and repetitive. There was way too much time describing the ship and talking about all of the difference classifications of sea creatures.
I read this book when I was about 10. I remembered nothing about it and now I know why. It is all full of discussions of latitude and longitude and species and such. I would have understood nothing of it.
However I really enjoyed it this time. This is an adventure but not in the modern style. This was written at a time when there was no TV, no internet, and the idea of traveling around the world in an undersea boat would have been the most fantastic story. Like some other books I have read from the 1800s, there is a lot about where they are at the time, latitude and longitude. One feels compelled to pull out a map and follow the voyage around the world.
I had always assumed that 20,000 leagues was a depth, but it is a distance, which makes a lot more sense.
If you would enjoy reading an adventure, in the old style, you will love this. If you are expecting the fast action of a modern joy ride novel, this is not for you. I enjoyed it!
Moby Dick - lots of history and historical facts. A fair amount of science, as seen from the 1800s.
I enjoyed the narration. More of a radio drama than a reading.
No, I enjoy these over time, living them over a course of a week or two. Thinking about the story when I am not listenting/reading.
Goes on my recommended list.
I blame the choice of narrator, i mean the book is a classic and still very relevant, but ugh! I couldn't stand listening to this bland voice drone on and on about the menu's ingredients and list every item in the submarine one by one.
This audiobook is about 18 hours, but it could easily be cut down to about half of that. Verne rambles on again and again listing different types of fish or ocean fauna. I found myself drifting out of focus very often at these times. The story itself is pretty interesting, but not enough to make up for this over the course of the book. The narrator is just ok-- nothing special. Overall, it is worth the dollar I paid for it, but I would only recommend it to someone with extra time on their hands, as there are many better books out there.
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Although it drags on at points (I don't need the classification of every underwater creature), the author does a wonderful job of painting an amazing underwater scene with vivid descriptions. With interesting characters and a modern writing style that many classic books lack '20,000 leagues' is a must read for every book worm.
Mr. Husman does a great job bringing the characters to life!
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