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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Collector's Library) (original 1870; edition 2011)

by Jules Verne

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Title:Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Collector's Library)
Authors:Jules Verne
Info:Collector's Library (2011), Hardcover, 536 pages
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870)

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I loved this story when I was a kid and my rating is based on those memories. I doubt I would rate it lower if I read it again.
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  Irena. | Jan 28, 2016 |
I can understand some of the criticism surrounding this book. At times there are tedious lists of marine fauna and the latitude stuff is something I just skipped. But it is still a good yarn when it comes down to it and a bit of a classic. ( )
  polarbear123 | Jan 17, 2016 |
M. Aronnaux, a scientist, and two companions end up on board the submarine the Nautilus under the command of the mysterious Captian Nemo. Way too much of the story was devoted to now we're at this latitude, now we're here, no action. Parts of the south poel were totally wrong. I really didn't care about any of the characters. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Book on CD performed by James Frain

Professor Aronnax and his valet Conseil embark on an American frigate in search of a mysterious narwhale that has attacked several ships. Arronax is an oceanographer and uniquely qualified to classify the monster once it is captured/killed. But they, along with the Canadian harpooner Ned Land, are thrown overboard when they confront the beast, and soon discover the truth. The “monster” is actually a sophisticated submarine – the Nautilus. Captain Nemo saves them from the open sea but tells them they may never leave, although they have the full run of the ship and are included in various experiences. From the South Pacific they travel the world, witnessing wonders at the depths of the ocean.

This classic adventure tale was first published in 1870. Verne creates an imaginative and wondrous world; in this and other books, I marvel at what he creates, especially because so many of the things he envisioned actually came true. There are scenes that had me literally on the edge of my seat (the trip beneath the South Pole, the encounters with giant squid, and the hunt through an underwater forest to name three), but there were also long passages that detailed the scientific classifications of the many varieties of underwater life that just about had me nodding off.

Nemo is a marvelous villain – with a seductive genius and a capacity to be charming and welcoming, and yet with a narcissistic bent which makes him rather insufferable. More importantly is his deep-seated hatred of man and all things “earth-bound.” His skewed view of the world and mankind makes him a very dangerous man – to himself and to others. Verne never really explains what drove Nemo to his drastic decision to live solely aboard the Nautilus. I would read a novel that explored the situations that resulted in the man presented here.

James Frain did a fine job narrating the audiobook. There are many passages of scientific data, and he managed to sound excited even about those! I definitely got the sense of awe that Arronax and his companions would have felt at witnessing these things “that no man has seen before.”

As is my habit with audiobooks, I also had a text version handy to check for spellings or unusual phrases. But the text I had did NOT include much of the scientific data that Frain was reading in the audio version. Long passages were simply left out of the text. I’m sure it makes for easier reading, and probably does not detract much from the story or from the central conflict.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Probably my biggest take away from this is that one must always watch out for the cult mentality. It's quite lethal. ( )
  Michael_Rose | Jan 10, 2016 |
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Verne, Julesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewis, MercierTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pratt, FletcherIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adlerberth, RolandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Austin, HenryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aylward, W. J.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butcher, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlquist, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Neuville, Alphonse MarieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, John-HenriAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, MercierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lupo, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Walter JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitz, Henry C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pratt, FletcherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walter, Frederick PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The year 1866 was marked by a strange event, an unexplainable occurrence which is undoubtedly still fresh in everyone's memory.
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Retells the adventures of a French professor and his two companions as they sail above and below the world's oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo.

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