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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I watched his movie as a child and have been marinating over the fantastic images of squid and savages for decades. But the book is twenty hours of species classification intermixed with a few narratives and stereotypes. It took me a spell to get through it, but ultimately I am glad that I did. I've read other works from jukes Verne and though this was good, it wasn't my favorite. It's half science, half narrative, had slow cadence of the narrator. Enjoy!
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
I've started re-reading many of the classics that I haven't read in 20+ years. This one I had actually never read and might be the reason for my adolescent disdain for reading. Had I read this, I probably would've read everything instead of being forced to read "classics" via the public school system.
Other classics have been thoroughly disappointing (e.g., The Time Machine), but this one is timeless. Although a modern day youth might mock some of the science, much of it is still relevant (especially as we seem to know more about space than our own oceans). How could Professor Aronnax not accept Captain Nemo's invitation aboard the Nautilus. The alternative death sentence aside, I would jump at the opportunity, even knowing the circumstances put forth by the Captain.
Worth the time and an excellent story to listen to while driving.
Only cons were minor. The narrator had a funny slur every once and a while, either like he had been drinking or the words were just hard to get out clearly. He also rushed through the long descriprive lists of animals observed by the professor a little too hastily for my taste. And he pronounced several latin/scientific words incorrectly. I wasn't crazy about the terrible gruff voice he used for Ned or the wimpy voice he used to portray Conseil, otherwise he did fine.
it isn't Disney's Nemo. it is better. A great technical journal with a wonderful adventure threaded through it. Reading all the light puts this book in great perspective, especially with a blind girl in a natural history museum. Jules Vern is an awesome brilliant story teller.
An immensely entertaining story that I enjoyed a great deal. However, all the talk of scientific classifications can lead to some duller moments. Also, when you listen, keep in the back of your mind that the original book was written some time ago. But a hearty recommendation in the end.
I read 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' for the first time when I was fairly young. Knowing how I read these days, I likely skimmed over the lengthy biology classification passages. But that isn't possible when listening. You never know when it is going to end and if you skip ahead, you may miss something else important to the plot! The level of detail tended to drag on a bit.
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