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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Written by: Jules Verne
Narrated by: Alan Munro
Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 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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  • 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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  • Brian Fink
  • San Diego, CA United States
  • 2018-10-13

not what I expected

I had always wanted to read this book. I expected adventure and a great story. what it is, is mostly a listing of all the fish and fauna he sees along the way, a few adventures that were good but overall rather boring. Also not happy with the ending, i would have expected better.

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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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  • travis
  • 2017-04-08

a literary classic?

I have to admit I was very disappointed with this book. I have been told what a literary classic it was my whole life, it was one of the most driest books I have ever listened to and the narrator was extremely monotone wich did not help. if you are into identifying and classifying sea species you might like this, if you're looking for a classic action book this is certainly not one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-19

Wow!

I remember watching the movie as a kid and i loved it! After reading the book this amazing story will be a fav for ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-15

a definite classic

good story over all, lots of sea life descriptions which got a little boring at times but it was to be expected with the protagonist being in modern terms a marine biologist

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  • Dennis J. Lowry
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 2019-04-13

read it

loved it and I'm going to read it again. Captain Nemo, Smart guy yeah that's right

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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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  • Wyo Paris
  • CO
  • 2019-02-05

Hard to stay interested

if you're an enthusiast in marine science, thisbook is for you. I had ahardtimestaying interested

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  • F Shaw
  • Berkeley
  • 2019-01-19

Fun but slow

Slow, because this is a very long book, full of elaborate made-up science. I guess that is the point but it was kind of plodding, I couldn't finish it. I loved Around the World in Eighty Days, which, although also very long, is much faster paced and has some humor.