Originally serialized from March 1869 through June 1870 in Pierre-Jules Hetzel's fortnightly periodical, the Magasin d'éducation et de récréation and wildly acclaimed on it's release, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea is perhaps Jules Verne most well known title. The world is abuzz with tales of a giant mysterious marine animal, roaming the waterways of the worlds, a menace to shipping. The American Government sends out the Frigate "Abraham Lincoln" to hunt the beast. Aboard is the scientist Professor Arronax, his manservant Conceil and the famed Canadian Whaler; Ned Land. However these three soon discover that far from being a gigantic Narwhale, the object is in fact a fabulous underwater vessel, built and captained by the mysterious Captain Nemo. As he takes the three on a marvellous underwater tour of the world, will they ever be able to escape back to civilisation? Narrated by Michael Ward.
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About Jules Verne
Jules Verne (1828–1905) is considered by many the father of science fiction. Born in Nantes, France, he studied law but turned to writing opera libretti until the 1863 publication of Five Weeks in a Balloon, the first of his Extraordinary Voyages series. Its success encouraged him to produce a number of classic and prophetic science fiction novels, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. His stories foresaw many scientific and technological developments, including the submarine, television, and space travel.