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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It was at first I struggled to stay interested though the long narrative of useless details. I found myself looking up details or examples of creatures unknown to me. I began to enjoy the book and learned a lot.
The only downside is the narrator could. Have spoken a little louder, other than that the book was great, I liked how he changed voices for different characters
This book is incredibly boring and full of pointless, uninteresting details. Reader does a fairly good job, though, but each character lacks much of an emotional range.
Well narrated, don't watch the movies, read the book. The detailed description of the sea and the life with in it, is worth so much more.
always wanted to listen to the story. For the most part it was a very good story but you find that the endless cataloguing of the artworks in the boat types of fish in the water xcetera very tedious at times.
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Please, don't get me wrong. The book is a classic and the story is super inspiring and original. The author was ahead of his time and the Capitan Nemo is one of the kind.
What I really didn't like is the time spent on description of the ocean species. Everytime the professor started to talk about fish I wished somebody on the Nautilus would kick him to the ocean.
Besides I would point out that the original story could have been better developed. I miss something. It seems incomplete...
Those kind of books which have dialogues and a lot of action are wonderful to be listen as audible book. Much better than reading!
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.
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