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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
By: (1828-1905)

An early science fiction novel written by the second most translated author, French writer Jules Verne, the classic tale depicts an incredible sea expedition on board a state-of-the-art submarine. First published in 1870 and a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series, the novel is regarded as one of the most thrilling adventure stories and one of Verne’s greatest pieces of work. Immersed in themes of exploration, avant-garde technology, and man’s insatiable desire for knowledge and scientific progression, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has been an influence for many writers as well as an inspiration for numerous film adaptations.

The novel kicks off when rumors spread about sightings of a mysterious sea monster, initially thought to be a giant narwhal. This instigates the United States government to organize an expedition in hopes of hunting down and destroying the ravaging creature. Consequently, French marine biologist Pierre Aronnax is invited to join the expedition, who takes with him his trusted servant Conseil, along with expert harpooner Ned Land, and accordingly the trio set about the search. Following a lengthy pursuit, the ship finally finds and attacks the monster but to no avail, as the impact hurls the three men into the water. In an attempt to grasp the hide of the monster, the men come to a startling discovery as they realize the supposed monster is in fact a submarine. The men are then captured and brought inside the futuristic vessel, which they later find out is named Nautilus, and meet its enigmatic commander and creator, Captain Nemo. So begins the journey on board the Nautilus, as its three coerced guests travel across all the world’s seas visiting different underwater locations while witnessing the most bizarre, yet gripping marvels of the oceanic depths. Shipwrecks, giant squids, sharks, lost cities, coral reefs, whirlpools and an eccentric captain are just some of the obstacles separating the trio from their freedom.

An exhilarating subaqueous adventure through unseen wonders, Verne’s detailed and prophetic imagination propels the novel and secures its position as a literary classic and a pristine model for science fiction enthusiasts.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 27 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 17, 2015
Subject: Great book. Spotty reading
A great piece of work ... But. Many different readers creates a distracting listening experience. And I agree with many here, the woman who reads is not very engaging. She has a very affected way of speaking/ reading that is almost
Reviewer: - August 12, 2015
Subject: Review
What a wonderful book. So different then the movies. Very very scientifically informative. If you can get past the first two chapters with its horrible narration you will enjoy the book. I didn't want it to end.
Reviewer: - July 31, 2015
Subject: Not Great
It sounds like one reader has theatrical training and she does not know how to just read a good story. Lilting your voice down and up wow. Great book though
Reviewer: - April 2, 2015
Subject: That woman!
Oh lord. I have tried to get into this book so many times, but that woman's voice is HORRENDOUS. It is honestly unlistenable. If you skip through her first track you come across multiple other readers who are bareable, but don't get comfortable - because she comes back. From what I have been able to listen to this book is amazing but the audio does it such a disservice.
Reviewer: - March 17, 2015
Subject: 20,000 leagues under the seas
Good grief. I love this story, but some of the readers leave much to be desired. One in particular should learn how to pronounce common words. One reader was excellent, but there wasn't enough of him. I wish he'd read the entire volume.
Reviewer: - January 8, 2015
Subject: Bad
Omg, her tones are all incorrect. I can't listen to her at all. She put me to sleep.
Reviewer: - November 7, 2014
Subject: 20,000 thousand keagues under the sea
It was nice but it was a different translation then the book I have, also I did not like how the voices are Constantly changing. Always its grate.
Reviewer: - October 25, 2014
Subject: Terrible
Terrible way to read a book. No notion of punctuation... I'm glad this is not my first time, otherwise I would never be a fan!
Reviewer: - August 5, 2014
Subject: Cool
Fun! I haven't read this for years, got to listen to it with a nice coffee each night :-)
Reviewer: - July 24, 2014
Subject: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
Terrible for the ears.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2014
Subject: Cant Listen anymore!
This is my second time listening to an audio book, and I am thrilled to have audio books available. However, I had to stop listening to this one. Between the bad English accents, muffled speeches, and the monotone dragging voice of the women, I cannot follow nor concentrate on this at all.
Reviewer: - April 3, 2014
Very enjoyable, though I can't say I like the character of Nemo very much.
Reviewer: - November 2, 2013
Subject: Amazing
That book was great I loved the readers and the book.
October 7, 2013
Subject: Narrator
The reader on chapter 18 sounds like she has a stopped up nose! It's kind of funny but I advise you to listen to that chapter. That poor girl.:(
October 4, 2013
The Female speaker is terrible , Microsoft SAM has more emotion.
September 24, 2013
Subject: Narrator
I wish you could get a better narrator. This book is read in a seriously monotone voice.
Reviewer: - September 22, 2013
The first speaker is awful!
Reviewer: - August 12, 2013
Subject: Chapter 1
I had to skip chapter 1. Nobody talks like that. It was droning and sadly spoken. I found it painful to listen to. Please redo chapter 1.
Reviewer: - July 12, 2013
Good but the first chapters voice is why I never got through it in high school. It’s an exciting book lady. Give it some life!
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Not sure why everyone is attacking the first reader. I enjoyed the book overall.
Reviewer: - June 27, 2013
Subject: First chapter reader
Could not stand the voice and manner of speaking of the first reader. I almost did not continue listening to this book. Luckily I found out that the following chapter was not read by the same person.
Reviewer: - April 23, 2013
Subject: Chapter 1
Please re-do Chapter 1, That woman's voice is far drawn out and spoken too slow. Almost intolerable.
Reviewer: - March 7, 2013
Oh god this first chapter is painful.
Reviewer: - March 7, 2013
Subject: Narration
Heads up with the chapter one, the woman's voice is too distractingly annoying to focus on the content. Chip is great, Shawn is okay (slightly monotone though).
Reviewer: - March 4, 2013
Subject: Narrator
Yeah. The first narrator is a bit sleepy and cheesy.
Reviewer: - December 3, 2012
Subject: Narrator change
Although the book itself is an amazing work of literature art, the first chapter is read by a rather tedious voice. The chapters after that, however, are narrated by Chip who is very lively.
October 27, 2012
Subject: 20 thousand leagues
Very good.

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