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20000 Leagues Under the Se 2D [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jules Verne , John Carlisle
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March 1 1994 Classic Fiction
The year is 1866, and the Maritime world is gripped by fear after reported sightings of a huge and terrible "sea monster, " in this plausible, terrifying and utterly gripping tale.

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Gr 4-8-Performed in radio theatre style, this audio version is a fine retelling of the Jules Verne classic. The St. Charles Players, composed of four actors, play a variety of roles with hammy gusto, although the dialogue is a bit rushed in the opening sections. This adaptation by Jeff Rack does a good job of capturing the feel of Verne's sprawling epic tale. The story is told by Professor Aronnax, who agrees to investigate a series of attacks by a mysterious sea monster. He joins the crew of the ship Abraham Lincoln. The men encounter what they believe is the monster, but turns out to be a large, state-of-the-art submarine, the Nautilus. Aronnax and a hot tempered harpoonist, Ned Land, are imprisoned on this vessel, captained by the misanthropic recluse, Nemo. Nemo takes them around the world. Verne's descriptions of the underwater world, with its exotic creatures and sunken ships, shine thanks to clear narration and evocative sound effects. As the journey continues, becoming monotonous, the program's midsection sags a bit. It picks up steam again with sequences involving a monstrous octopus and a storm. While not an essential purchase, this is an impressive attempt to adapt a classic.

Brian E. Wilson, Oak Lawn Public Library, IL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Unbearably thrilling and romantic...full of Verne's gentle humour" Daily Mail "Among the deep-sea volcanoes, shoals of swirling fish, giant squid and sharks, Captain Nemo steers the Nautilus. Nemo is the renegade scientist par excellence, a man madly inventive in his quest for revenge" Sunday Telegraph "A tale of terror, suspense and wonder" Guardian "Fabulous...the pace is sharp and the story as dramatic and engaging as ever" Daily Express "Verne's imagination has given us some of the greatest adventure stories of all time" Daily Mail

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is without a doubt the best translation of Jules Verne's 1870 science fiction classic "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers" ("20,000 Leagues under the Sea"). This translation by two Verne scholars, Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter, takes all the knowledge available on the book and its author to not only make an accurate and readable complete text (early versions often omit a full quarter of the French original) that fixes the many errors of earlier translators, but also purges the text of many mistakes that were made by the original French compositors. The research and work that went into this translations is really quite stunning, and the result is a text that really lets Verne's genius shine: "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" is not only a brilliant piece of scientific prophecy, but also a thrilling story with superb, subtle characterizations.
The plot is familiar: Captain Nemo, an enigmatic figure who has withdrawn himself from the world, tours the oceans in his submarine called the Nautilus. We see this journey of 20,000 leagues (approx. 43,200 miles) through the eyes of Professor Pierre Aronnax, a scientist who is both Nemo's guest and prisoner. Also aboard with Aronnax are his manservant Conseil and a gruff ship's harpooner, Ned Land. The Nautilus encounters many wonders and obstacles on its long voyage: underwater forests, giant clams, attacks by huge squid, imprisonment in ice at the South Pole, monster storms, a war with a pack of sperm whales, and the discovery of the lost continent of Atlantis. But as something deep and destructive gnaws away at Captain Nemo, his prisoners seek a way to escape from the miracle ship.
In the English-speaking world Jules Verne has rarely received in the praise he truly deserves as a writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The rest of the adventure story Sept. 9 2003
Format:Paperback
I could not believe this version of 20,000 leagues under the sea. I learned so much from this book. All the other movies and stories that I heard about Captain Nemo were not even close to all the adventures that he goes on in this book. When I think about the movie by Walt Disney and then remember the book I realize that the movie was about 1/4 of the books adventures.
All the adventures that I never heard about before like the hunt on the sea floor with the electric bullets, the Arabian tunnel under the sea, Santorin Island the Grecian Archipelago, the volcanoes of the Mediterranean, the Bay of Vigo with all the treasures, the size of the mountains in Atlantis, the adventure at the South Pole, the fight with all the sperm whales, his home Island and the production of salt to run his electric engines.
There is so much more to this story than what I have heard before and in this edition the foot notes are excellent. I especially like the story of Arachne and how the name of Arachnid came to mean spiders. The footnotes explain all the literary references which are helpful to understanding the characters. There is so much information here about the sea world in an adventure that makes each moment exciting.
Verne must have done so much research for this book to get all the scientific information correct. I never thought they knew all those things about the sea at that time.
I was surprised by the character of Nemo who never seemed to go after anyone unless he was attacked. The whole idea that he chased after all forms of warships was something made up in Hollywood. Nemo never seemed to want to even deal with people. The story of Nemo's life at the end of the book explains many of his behaviors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and science, but not much action... Dec 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We follow Captain Nemo, and his Nautilus - a sub that runs on batteries, in his travels around the oceans of the Earth. We follow him as he explores underwater forests, goes hunting dangerous sea monsters, takes from the sea what he and his men need to live, visits the South Pole and even shows us Atlantis.
The problem is that about one third of the book is Jules Verne explaining EVERY tiny detail, from the family trees of fish and other sea creatures, to page after page on how the Nautilus works. The fight with the school of squid is only a few pages long.
On the other hand, Nemo is not shown as a man trying to force mankind to improve as much as he is trying to live without contact with it (even when he helps some parts of it to fight back by giving rebels gold he finds on the seafloor). In the end, it is mankind who forces him to fight back, by hunting him down with warships.
My book had an introduction by Ray Bradbury, which was very interesting, but did little to help the story itself.
A good book for fans of Jules Verne, classic adventure stories and anybody interested in the sea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More like 20,000 pages Dec 13 2001
By Kent
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jules Verne's novel is a great piece of literature, but I didn't find myself saying that until the very end. The first 60 pages are very enthralling. Verne, you got me there, because that's what got me hooked on 20,000 Leagues. Then from page 60 to about 340, the book drags like no other. I got so bored of this book at times I wanted to cry, throw it down, and never pick it up again. I could not see any apparent climax and the supposedly egregious villian seemed like a really nice guy. The narrator also frequently goes into some pretty lengthy fish classifications and history lessons, which are all very dull, I might add. Yet to my astonishment, Jules Verne pulled the story together in the last 30 pages and made the long journey seem... well... worth my time. I debated whether or not to give this book four stars because everything came together so well in the end and left me in awe. But then I remembered all that slush I had to wade through to get there and decided: 20,000 Leagues is a good book, but if you can find an abridged version, please read that one instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Beside the fact that I found the letters a bit small, everything is great. I like the size of the book and the cover is nice.
Published 4 months ago by Jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars DK classics: 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea
I purchased this book to use as the base for our homeschool oceanology study unit. It was fantastic. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will always remain a classic
I read this book when I was 15 and I was really submerged in the world of Jules Verne. The description of places, species, seas, geographic position and the mysterious side of... Read more
Published on April 5 2011 by J. Beauchesne
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Nemo went away
Submarines as we know them didn't exist in 1869. But Jules Verne had an almost eerily prophetic knack for knowing what technology would be used in the future -- and he put it to... Read more
Published on June 23 2010 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncannily accurate
It is time to give due credit to Jules Verne, the French author whose stories have proved to be so uncannily accurate in some respects that some scientists and mathematicians... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2008 by Greg Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars Verne the way he was meant to be read!
When I was a child I loved reading the stories of Julio Verne. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days were my favorites. Read more
Published on May 9 2007 by Kara Ortiez
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but long and lecturing
I enjoyed the story of this novel, but that was only 1/3 of this novel. I felt as if I was in biology class again with all of the classifying of every animal any of the characters... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This book is pretty exciting from start to finish. If you have read other Verne and not this one, then it is highly recommended. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by "johancornelius"
4.0 out of 5 stars Verne's Exquisite Voyage Beneath The Mysterious Sea
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ...Hmmm, where to begin my review? To be frank, I wavered for about 4 minutes on how to rate this book. Was it a 3 or 4? Read more
Published on June 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Undersea Adventure
This book is, by far, one of the best books I have read in the last year. It proves that classics are still the best books to read. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by will barrett
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