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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Michael Prichard

11 Hours 30 Minutes

Tantor Media

July 2008

Audio Book Summary

French professor Pierre Aronnax and his servant join the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate, on a mission to find and destroy a 'sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions, armed not with a halberd, but with a real spur, as the armored frigates.' The undersea monster is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of over 200 ships. When they encounter the 'gigantic cetacean,' it disables the Abraham Lincoln and knocks Professor Aronnax, his servant, and the hot-tempered harpooner Ned Land overboard. The three must cling to the beast or drown; however, they soon realize that the 'beast' is really a man-made underwater vehicle.

Captain Nemo captures the men and holds them prisoner on the Nautilus, his incredible submarine. The captain and his unwilling passengers thus embark on a deep-sea odyssey that stretches from the palm-strewn Indian Ocean to the frozen peril of the South Pole. But the enigmatic Nemo has a darker purpose for his voyage: revenge on humanity.

Not just a suspense-ridden drama, this classic novel, written in 1873, predicts with astonishing accuracy the advanced technology and inventions of the twentieth century, and it has inspired generations of science fiction writers.

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  • Sleepy

    This book was full of all kinds of serious sounding scientific stuff. When the story turned to the submarine or the actual adventure it was good. However, all the scientific talk almost put me to sleep. I could not make it to the end of this book. The tone of the reader's voice made me sleepy.

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  • Kevin

    the audio version makes the intricate language of a prior century more accessible. a classic in every sense of the word.

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  • Jeanne Peterson

    The book was too dry. I just couldn't get into it. After 6 CD's I just gave up. Kind of disappointed because I loved the book when I read it 30 years ago.

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  • Paul

    The story and the characters are Verne's of course, but the life breath of the characters is the reader. This is a classic and I would not presume to rate it. Instead I give the artist reading this classic a 5 star rating

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  • Daniel Johnson

    This is the exciting story of Captain Nemo and the adventures under the sea. The complex character interaction and the constant surprises of their adventures keep the story interesting.

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  • Paul Boyd

    this book was my first introduction to books on tape. wow what a great start. He had a remarkable insight into the future to say the least.The book drags a little some of the time but the writers style and story more than make up for it. If you haven't read verne get this book asap

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