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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Written by: Jules Verne
Narrated by: Alan Munro
Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

After much fruitless searching, the monster is found, and the ship charges into battle. During the fight, the ship's steering is damaged, and the three men are thrown overboard. They find themselves stranded on the "hide" of the creature, only to discover to their surprise that it is a large metal construct. They are quickly captured and brought inside the vessel, where they meet its enigmatic creator and commander, Captain Nemo.

Public Domain (P)2017 Trout Lake Media

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good book but intense

Loved the amount of detail Verne was able to describe the ocean depths with.
I found the narrator a little dry and hard to listen to but considering the extreme descriptive language I was still able to follow and enjoy this version.

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  • Eric
  • 2017-04-15

The Deadpan of Alan Munro

Great novel, always been a favorite and deserving of its status as a classic. This was my first encounter with the narrator, and I have endured him through many since. The novels he narrates are always priced cheap, so if you can tolerate him then it's a good deal.

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  • Merlin S. Hoiseth
  • 2019-10-29

Can barely understand the narator

I'm sure this classic is much more interesting than the narration from Mr. Munro. If you want to be put to sleep, his voice will do it for you.

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  • Craig Hurley
  • 2019-08-05

Good Narrator

A lengthy read and a lengthy listen. Good narrator. I remember reading it in High School. Jules Verne created some memorable characters, but his story skills could have been improved. 99k words without much story arc, lots of experiences played along a 1st person calendar. Still a great book.

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  • Barbara Abbott
  • 2019-03-17

needs new narrator

the narrator was terrible - bought this audible book for a long trip with my grandson and it was horrible.

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  • William
  • 2019-08-01

Terrible narration of classic scifi

The narrator's delivery is choppy, often unintelligible and ruins this classic scifi masterpiece. Jules Vern must be doing 20,000 RPM's in his grave.

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  • T. Anderson
  • 2017-07-05

Unabridged & so rich in 19th C. scientific detail!

What made the experience of listening to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

Jules Verne was clearly brilliant, captivated by new discoveries and the possibilities chemical and mechanical engineering presented 150 years ago. This work was prescient in many respects, yet full of natural "flaws" from the science of the day. The narrator rolls dreamily through the myriad Latin names for creatures, imparting the character's awe at the wonders of the deep. I loved it.

What about Alan Munro’s performance did you like?

Here's the only fault I found: the volume was insufficient! I had to amplify by connecting my Kindle to my radio. Otherwise, the recording was excellent.

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  • K. Miller
  • 2020-04-16

Narrator was hard to listen to. Very monotone.

Narrator was hard to listen to. Very monotone and deep bass voice. Great story though.

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  • Liz
  • 2020-04-15

So boring

So boring boring boring boring boring
I hate it. Do not read so boring.bye

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  • Gail D.
  • 2020-03-23

A little too wordy

I found this a bit tedious to get through and jumping around so many various adventures, hard to follow. Good storyline about a killer whale and an obviously crazed captain but couldn't hold my attention.

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  • Quincy mechan
  • 2020-03-21

great book goes into great detail

the narrator read a bit slow but did fine keeping me interested licensed to it 3 timed