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Publisher's Summary

During the year 1866, ships of several nations spot a mysterious sea monster, which some suggest to be a giant narwhal. The United States government assembles an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, who happens to be in New York at the time, receives a last-minute invitation to join the expedition which he accepts. Canadian whaler and master harpoonist Ned Land and Aronnax's faithful servant Conseil are also brought aboard.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Lifted me up in dark moments

Verne's stories and writing style can be impenetrable to read, in their exhausting technical detail, but to listen - and to listen when they are so beautifully read - is a gateway to an enchanting journey for the mind and an inspiring vision for the soul.

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A wonderful rendition of Verne

My compliments to the narrator - a superb performance. Voice characterizations are spot on, and if I’m not mistaken, I heard James Mason’s voice in Linski’s portrayal of Captain Nemo.

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Best narrator EVER!

This guy should narrate as many books as possible! His voice is warm and soothing with perfect inflections and timing to perfectly deliver this moving story chapter after chapter.

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AMAZING! A masterpiece

I really felt I was right there in the eyes of Professor Aronnax. This is may be one of the best written novels I've experienced. I was blown away with the rich details of the story and under water landmarks and creatures. Often, it felt like a true story. I was always eager to get back to the book after a break. This 1870 novel was/is easily far beyond its time and will continue to hold its literary value for atleast another 150 years. There could not have been a better choice than David Linski for narration. I could feel his excitement and emotion - like as if he were really there! His story pacing and pronunciations were perfect. When he voiced other characters I easily forgot they were from the same source. (I forgive you for having a British accent vs French!) I have already added more David Linski narrated books into my library.

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Good Story, Okay Performance

the Canadian character has a US accent, not a canadian one. The other characters have british accents.
the story is good as long as you don't mind long winded explanations of sea creatures and their habits that have been debunked by modern science.
Still, being an artifact of its time its still fun to explore the oceans with the characters, even though there are some side plots that aren't resolved all the way.

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Great narrator

The narrator was smoothly switched from British to American/‘Canadian’ accents.
The tale seems way ahead of its time, published in 1870. It’s pretty good science fiction although there were some fantastic beasts. I just visited Jules Verne’s house in Amiens, France, so was inspired to read this classic again.

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Wonderful listen

I liked that the author went into detail where the book needed to go into detail and left out detail where detail needed to be left out. This really put me in the story and helped me feel each character while moving things along to the next sequence. Excellent performance with each character.

Such an imagination for a book written in 1870. And such a lasting character this Nemo and his vessel.

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A WELL NARRATED, EDITED, and PRODUCED Classic.

This is a WELL NARRATED, EDITED, and PRODUCED Classic.
Over 250 years of numerous republishings and retellings, as well as several film adaptations, this story has established itself as a recognized classic. This is a great Audio Book because it has the two things it needs: to be WELL NARRATED and WELL EDITED IN PRODUCTION. Far too often a narrator can do a good job relaying the story and the editing team puts/leaves in too long pauses, poor volume / tone control, etc... Congrats to all those who were involved in making this version.

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I was plugged it the whole time

I was plugged in the whole time and the narrator did a fabulous job. I enjoy these adventure stories. I’ve also listened to Jules Verne around the world in 90 days which was a good read as well.

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Good book

This was a good listen. David Linski does a great job in narrating this book. He was able to keep my interests even through the slower parts. This book would have been amazing back in the early 1900's. However since going underwater is not a new phenomenon this book does become slow at parts. That being said it still was a good listen. I recommend this book.

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  • 12-30-20

20,000 Leagues & Seemingly 20,000 Ways To Describe A Fish!

The Good - The underwater world is so vast and unknown it allows the imagination to go wild. I think Jules Vergne was a pioneer in early sci-fi and this book is a perfect example of his ability to create a world.
The Bad - Honestly, it becomes a matter of endurance after the first couple hours. It feels like waiting in the doldrums with endless descriptive text on different sea-life, fauna and nearby geography. A bit like a student’s essay which needs considerable padding out to reach the word count!
The Ugly - The story. In my opinion (who cares right?), the characters all lack depth, the plot is devoid of drama and the final resolution is incredibly lacklustre. This was the aspect that really spoil it for me. While I could endure the lengthy descriptions, the payoff has to be a riveting story and unfortunately this just wasn’t the case.

Summary - the literary equivalent of the tv show Lost. Plenty of great ideas but none of them had a satisfying story or conclusion. I would recommend the book to anybody who wants to appreciate a foundation block of early sci-fi or anyone who was a particular obsession for the sea but otherwise, I’d go elsewhere. It may have amazing for it’s time, but that was quite a while ago now.

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  • 05-07-20

More encyclopedia than story

Performance was superb, dynamic throughout despite only 4 available characters. In 1870s I imagine the journey across and below the 7 seas would be like fiction. J Verne's research & imagination is to be applauded. Just wish there was more of a story.

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  • 09-16-21

Calm and entertaining adventure

I really liked this classic specially if one things how exciting could be to explore the oceans, I found the adventures of the protagonist not too sensational or the development of the protagonist too deep, I feel that the joy of this book is took imagine those places visited by the by the Nautilus, places described in detail to make feel part of the crew.

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  • OAmazon Customer
  • 08-30-21

20,000 leagues under the sea

I’ve always loved Jules Verne this is a great audiobook the narrator does a goo job a book everyone should have

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  • 07-08-21

Classic book, very well read!

The narrator brings the story alive. I loved it as a child and have loved to experience it again as an adult.

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  • 08-09-19

A compelling storyline

The story is very compelling and reflects the fascination with scientific discovery of the period. I really enjoyed this narrator. I listened to a dozen samples of other narrators before choosing this one.