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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52,802 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Voyages Extraordinaires Series Release Date:
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Follow along on this fantastic voyage as Professor Arronax, Ned, and Beth set out to capture a terrifying sea monster—before it captures them.

“The year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten…For some time past, vessels had been met by ‘an enormous thing,’ a long object, spindle-shaped, occasionally phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale.”—from the book

When Professor Aronnax agrees to investigate a series of attacks by a mysterious sea monster, he begins an incredible underwater journey that leads him from Atlantis to the South Pole. Through unforeseen dangers, surprise encounters, and exotic settings, this epic adventure is a tour de force of imagination and narrative grandeur.

Jules Verne was remarkably successful in foretelling the wonders science held for the future. This, his most famous novel, earned him the title of “Father of Science Fiction.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jules Verne’s classic offers a perfect blend of suspense, adventure, and excitement that will entice even the most reluctant readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Thrilling and romantic…Full of Verne's gentle humor.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Nemo in fact is one of the great characters of nineteenth-century literature. This novel isn’t just a travelogue…it’s the story of Nemo’s spiritual struggle.”

    William H. Stoddard

  • “The novel is noted for its exotic situations, the technological innovations it describes, and the tense interplay of the three captives and Nemo.”

    Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Thirteenth Peer | 2/20/2014

    " I tried reading this to the boys but it's really pretty boring. We got about halfway through. They were actually very patient but still weren't enjoying it much. There's a lot of lists of animals and plants without much description. There are some action scenes but not much. On the whole quite disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roy | 2/19/2014

    " My least favourite Jules Verne novel to date. It's as much a lesson in natural history as it is an adventure story and the interminable detail pertaining to species and genus of every creature the travellers encounter distracts from the story as a whole. The adventure side of the book is enjoyable enough but there is far too much scientific and historical data. Didn't they have editors in the 19th century? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim Haring | 2/18/2014

    " Read this book as a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by A.R. Voss | 2/14/2014

    " Not one of my favorites of his by any means, and I now remember that I read this book long time ago (in Farsi; I actually found the book in one of my bookshelves. I bet it won't be as easy to read that translation again.) It is a great journey and if you are a fan of nautical stories and marine life, it would be more enjoyable. The main issue I had was that Mr. Verne puts Tom Clancy to shame with too many details and terms. I don't think I have ever read anything that gave me so many Longitude and Latitude coordinates (Except perhaps a map.) I'm sure the story was much more incredible at the time of original publication; but I don't believe it stands the test of time. Not one I would recommend, but if have never read it, it should be still on your list (at least watch the movie.) "Journey to the Center of the Earth" still remains my favorite. "

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