20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne follows the adventures of the mysterious captain Nemo and his incredible submarine, the Nautilus. Joining the captain on his epic journey around the world is Professor Pierre Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and the Canadian whaler Ned Land. These three become guests of the reclusive submariner when they are washed overboard on a ship that is tracking the Nautilus, believing that it is some kind of giant sea creature.
Once introduced to their unusual host they join him on his journey through the seas. On their travels they will witness some of the most incredible sights: lost cities, legendary shipwrecks, the most amazing sea creatures that man will ever see, and much more. But what secrets will the three visitors find out about this strange man along the way? Who is he? Where does he come from? And what is his reason for building this awe-inspiring vessel which now roams the oceans of the world?
This book was first published in 1870 and was considered very much ahead of its time. It remains to this day one of the greatest science fiction/adventure novels ever, and is widely considered to be Verne's best work. It is brought to life by the wonderful talents of David McCallion. His voice will have you on the edge of your seat as he imbues each of these characters with personality.
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Yes, I would listen to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea again. It is a keystone classic of science fiction and horror along with Frankenstein, Dracula, and the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. This is quite an adventure. For those who have seen only movie adaptations, please read the book instead.
Nemo was dark and foreboding, but I love Conseil for humor. Aronnax calls him a servant and "boy," but the man is smart and compassionate. Ned Land's obsession with meat and freedom also resonated with me. They are all great characters trapped on a submarine.
He is skilled at portraying different characters. I was amazed he can switch character voices so deftly. He maintained them throughout the book, lending to clear comprehension of who is talking.
I did at the end. I did not want to turn it off. I was riveted.
This book is exceptional. I wish I had read it forty years ago. This would make a great gift for children during the holidays. The book "All the Light We Cannot See" inspired me to read Verne's book which figures prominently.
- Andre "I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories."