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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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 MailSee all Product Description
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 16 months ago by Jojo
I purchased this book to use as the base for our homeschool oceanology study unit. It was fantastic. Read morePublished 17 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
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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 by "johancornelius"
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
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 morePublished on May 11 2004 by will barrett
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