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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52,783 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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French professor Pierre Aronnax and his servant join the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate, on a mission to find and destroy a “sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions, armed not with a halberd, but with a real spur, as the armored frigates.” The undersea monster is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of over two hundred ships. When they encounter the “gigantic cetacean,” it disables the Abraham Lincoln and knocks Professor Aronnax, his servant, and the hot-tempered harpooner Ned Land overboard. The three must cling to the beast or drown; however, they soon realize that the “beast” is really a man-made underwater vehicle.

Captain Nemo captures the men and holds them prisoner on the Nautilus, his incredible submarine. The captain and his unwilling passengers thus embark on a deep-sea odyssey that stretches from the palm-strewn Indian Ocean to the frozen peril of the South Pole. But the enigmatic Nemo has a darker purpose for his voyage: revenge on humanity.

Not just a suspense-ridden drama, this classic novel, written in 1873, predicts with astonishing accuracy the advanced technology and inventions of the twentieth century, and it has inspired generations of science fiction writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Durham | 2/20/2014

    " Ah, Captain Nemo. The undersea science-pirate, scourge of the oceans, sinker of ships and killer of oversized sea creatures. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a true classic adventure, but I'd be lying if I said it was an easy read. Between archaic terminology and incessant, exhaustive listings of every creature the Nautilus came across, many parts were a bit of a chore to read, and I really have to wonder how much my son actually understood as I was reading it to him. Still, I'm glad that I did; I had never read it before, myself, and I think everyone should at some point. I just wish I hadn't shown my son the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie before we finished; he wouldn't stop asking me about the Invisible Man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicholas Mariner | 2/17/2014

    " This is sort of a must-read. I remembering getting an abridged "illustrated classics" version of this one year from an aunt for Christmas and really liked it. Glad I finally got back to reading the big-kid version. Most of what now constitutes sci-fi has Jules Verne to think for laying the foundation. Plus there's a giant squid, which is every book should use eventually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean | 2/15/2014

    " I wasn't expecting to like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (it had been sat on my 'to read shelf' for two years!)... but the story is gripping and flows at a fast pace. The main character 'Pierre Aronnax' talks a little too much about marine biology for my liking but i know that this is an important part of his character. I read the Collins Classic edition which had a lovely 'Words and Phrases' section at the end of the book. I find old English words that are no-longer in every-day use facinating so this was a joy to find. My favourite new phrase of the day is "Tag and Rag and Bobtail". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/13/2014

    " Saw the movie years ago, but never read the book. It was good. "

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