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20000 Leagues Under Sea Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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
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The plot is familiar: Captain Nemo, an enigmatic figure who has withdrawn himself from the world, tours the oceans in his submarine called the Nautilus.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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
What amazes me upon reading this book is Verne's grasp of marine biology. The protagonist lists species after species which he sights in his journey most of the way around the world. (The "20,000 leagues" in the title refers to the distance travelled, not the depth to which the Nautilus can descend. After all, the ocean isn't even close to 20,000 leagues deep.) This grasp is all the more impressive when you consider that 20,000 Leagues under the Sea was published some 70 years before the invention of the aqualung, at a time when mankind's understanding of the world beneath the surface of the ocean was fragmentary at best. Verne is also a good story teller. I found myself asking, at the end of the book, "Who was after Captain Nemo, and why?"
There are endless debates on which science fiction works are the most important in understanding the genre. I do not propose to supply a definitive list, but I will say that no list which does not include at least one work by Verne can be definitive.
The characters are well developed and you can indentify with all of them and how they view their effective captivity aboard the Nautilus. Captain Nemo is a wonderful character and Verne gives the reader just enough information about him to keep you enthralled but not enough to remove the mystery. The intro relates that Nemo was supposed to be a Polish aristocrat, getting back at the world for the the atrocities the Russians had commited against his family. But when Hetzel his publisher balked at the idea because of the new Franco Russian alliance Verne decided to remove any trace of nationality.
What else can be said? The English is not archaic!! This restored and annotated version, is a VAST improvement over previous English editions. The translation is very well done, and the annotations explain what has been changed and what previous translations accomplished. The wealth of background information also makes this one of the best English translations of this adventure I have ever read.
Most recent customer reviews
story is good ,paper,poor quality,cheap construction,worth 10usd and thats it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 21 months ago by Jojo
I purchased this book to use as the base for our homeschool oceanology study unit. It was fantastic. Read morePublished 23 months ago by HS Mom of 4 boys
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 morePublished on April 5 2011 by J. Beauchesne
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 morePublished on June 23 2010 by EA Solinas
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2006
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 morePublished on July 16 2004
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 morePublished on June 7 2004
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