20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Narrated by: David Linski
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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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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  • 10-31-19

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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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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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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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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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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A journey worthy of your time

lly published in 1870, French author, Jules Verne has become one of my all time favorite story tellers. The details in which he dove, could be at times almost suffocating. However, his thought provoking prose kept me hooked throughout the 20,000 leagues. I’m excited to learn more about this French talents life and works. I urge you to do the same!

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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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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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the story was great the narrator did great also...

loved it, narrator great reading voice and changing his tone from character to character wonderful

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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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  • 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.