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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Didn't Live up to the Hype"
    Any additional comments?

    I was very underwhelmed by this book. It was actually quite boring, but if you enjoy reading about hunting endangered species and eating them and scientific classifications of Animals then this book is for you.

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    Micheal Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-04-13
    Micheal Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-04-13
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    "The first Leg"
    What made the experience of listening to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

    I had forgotten about the Canadian chareter beign so prevalent in the story


    What other book might you compare Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to and why?

    Journy to the center of the earth:
    why:
    Same author
    Similar scientific / naturalist discussions
    Excellent euphamisums and descriptions of the foreign presonality and ideals without being odvoius.
    (Canadian in this book and the Icelander in Journy to the center of the Earth)


    What about Peter Hussman’s performance did you like?

    good voice work, not as much deffinition of charecter by voice action as Ive heard befroe but still very eliquently spoken.


    Any additional comments?

    chapter pauses are too long more then once i found myself checking to see if the program had paused.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Justice 04-15-17
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    "The Michael Crichton of the Late 1800's"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If Michael Crichton lived in the late 1800's and he were French, he would have been an excellent candidate to author Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

    As a classic piece of adventure literature, this is wonderful. When comparing it to its modern sci-fi equivalent 150 years later, some of the suspense and drama comes across as cute and interesting. For example, the description of Captain Nemo actually swimming away from the Nautilus and calling it back to him by way of...an electric cable! At the time, it truly was ingenious and new. Now, it is a little funny.

    The author comes off as a technical expert--and I would have no idea if he wasn't, just like Michael Crichton.

    In short, if you want a fun, classic, adventure tale--this book is for you. If you are looking for a riveting fiction story, you are probably better off wandering into more modern grounds.


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    Mike Collins 03-22-17
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    "good story but..."

    When I was younger I thought this was a story of going down 20,000 leagues into the depths of the oceans. Shows how silly a youthful mind can be.

    I enjoyed this story even though the sub never went very deep. But I was blown away with the number of animals that were described in the story. I think that about 1/5 off the story was spent on naming, classifying and describing the various aquatic creatures that reside in the various waters around the world.

    I was ok with this info dump but I felt that, if this were a more recent work, readers would complain about the number of pages spent in this description.

    The story reads like a travel log with a noticeable lack of conflict found in modern works.

    I do recommend reading it but don't expect a swashbuckling adventure like I did. I blame my expectations on my childhood mind and memories of the movies.

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    William Soghor 03-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic, mesmerizing!"

    grand! full of entertaining facts and figures, wonderful writing, a great story, encompassing not only the seas, but the history of it's tume

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    Nefabit 02-20-17
    Nefabit 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Jules Verne"

    First off, I love Jules Verne and his work. This book, especially, is amazing in that it so accurately predicted events to happen in the future. Almost nothing in it was inaccurate. Incredible!
    I loved the narrator and he did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

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    corinne 02-12-17
    corinne 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Overly detailed?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.
    My friends would get bored reading this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jules Verne again?

    I am not sure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was alright


    Could you see Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would love to see a TV show about it! I bet Netflix could make a pretty good one about it!
    There is an older movie about it. I watched it as a kid but haven't seen it in year. The movie was the reason why I picked this book to listen to. Having listened to the book I would like to track down the movie and what it again just to compare the two.


    Any additional comments?


    I did not realize what I was getting into when starting this book.
    The story itself is good, but the overly detail explanations of the classification of the fish they saw seemed to send me to the doldrums. I think that I might be able to pass a biology class on classifications after having read this book.
    You can tell that the author was very passionate in being as detailed and precise as they could be, while I have respect for that quality, it slowed the book down for me and made it hard to stay engaged.

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    Amazon Customer 02-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "20,000 leagues under the sea kept me going"

    I am amazed this was written so long ago but it is still captivating. I recommend it.

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    David Mark Brown Nampa, Idaho 01-19-17
    David Mark Brown Nampa, Idaho 01-19-17

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    "Lavish, retro-science-fiction travelogue"
    What made the experience of listening to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

    This is one of those stories I've intended to read forever. Finally, I gave in and figured I'd try to listen to it instead. Overall, I found sections of this story extremely interesting. And then other sections would slip past before I realized my attention had shifted too much toward doing the dishes. Verne was an author from another era. At times it really shows in the rambling details he includes on the most mundane things.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?

    The moment surrounding the discovery of the "great narwhale."


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was a little droning at times, but overall fit well with the style and voice of the novel.


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    ThoughtfulListener 01-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "oh the 19th century"

    I enjoyed the book. It's one of the first in the sci-fi genre, so it's worth taking in based simply on its historical significance. It does, however, live up to the reputation of its century, with 'prodigious' lists and numerous physionomic descriptions of its 'gallant' characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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