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An early science fiction novel written by the second most translated author, French writer Jules Verne, the classic tale depicts an incredible sea expedition on board a state-of-the-art submarine. First published in 1870 and a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series, the novel is regarded as one of the most thrilling adventure stories and one of Verne’s greatest pieces of work. Immersed in themes of exploration, avant-garde technology, and man’s insatiable desire for knowledge and scientific progression, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has been an influence for many writers as well as an inspiration for numerous film adaptations. The novel kicks off when rumors spread about sightings of a mysterious sea monster, initially thought to be a giant narwhal. This instigates the United States government to organize an expedition in hopes of hunting down and destroying the ravaging creature. Consequently, French marine biologist Pierre Aronnax is invited to join the expedition, who takes with him his trusted servant Conseil, along with expert harpooner Ned Land, and accordingly the trio set about the search. Following a lengthy pursuit, the ship finally finds and attacks the monster but to no avail, as the impact hurls the three men into the water. In an attempt to grasp the hide of the monster, the men come to a startling discovery as they realize the supposed monster is in fact a submarine. The men are then captured and brought inside the futuristic vessel, which they later find out is named Nautilus, and meet its enigmatic commander and creator, Captain Nemo. So begins the journey on board the Nautilus, as its three coerced guests travel across all the world’s seas visiting different underwater locations while witnessing the most bizarre, yet gripping marvels of the oceanic depths. Shipwrecks, giant squids, sharks, lost cities, coral reefs, whirlpools and an eccentric captain are just some of the obstacles separating the trio from their freedom. An exhilarating subaqueous adventure through unseen wonders, Verne’s detailed and prophetic imagination propels the novel and secures its position as a literary classic and a pristine model for science fiction enthusiasts.
Everyone keeps mentioning the first lady, but Sean in chapter 8-9 reading is horrendous. It sounds like he's speaking through a mouth full of spit he refuses to discharge. I was thuroughly disgusted
really good book but the woman from chapter 1-7-11 needs to be replaced and read by someone else I would just by the book and read it.
Lady you put people to sleep. Unfortunately this was my first audio book and you made totally uninterested. The way she reads is as if she is reading for a namesake to earn some money. I dont understand how people would even give 2 stars and some douchebags have even given 5 star rating !
I have heard a lot of audio books and some readers are really good but the woman reading chapter 1 is awful. And it's painful to listen to I couldn't hear all of it. Now with the woman in chapter 18 she has potential believe it or not. She has a good voice but it sounds like she needs to re catch her breath every time she finishes a sentence. In conclusion I would not recommend this book.
If you are hesitant on listening to this book because of the readers, don't be. True, some of the readers are better than others, but honestly, there was only one chapter that was incomprehensible. Don't pass this classic up.....
A great piece of work ... But. Many different readers creates a distracting listening experience. And I agree with many here, the woman who reads is not very engaging. She has a very affected way of speaking/ reading that is almost
What a wonderful book. So different then the movies. Very very scientifically informative. If you can get past the first two chapters with its horrible narration you will enjoy the book. I didn't want it to end.
It sounds like one reader has theatrical training and she does not know how to just read a good story. Lilting your voice down and up wow. Great book though
Oh lord. I have tried to get into this book so many times, but that woman's voice is HORRENDOUS. It is honestly unlistenable. If you skip through her first track you come across multiple other readers who are bareable, but don't get comfortable - because she comes back. From what I have been able to listen to this book is amazing but the audio does it such a disservice.
Good grief. I love this story, but some of the readers leave much to be desired. One in particular should learn how to pronounce common words. One reader was excellent, but there wasn't enough of him. I wish he'd read the entire volume.
Omg, her tones are all incorrect. I can't listen to her at all. She put me to sleep.
It was nice but it was a different translation then the book I have, also I did not like how the voices are Constantly changing. Always its grate.
Terrible way to read a book. No notion of punctuation... I'm glad this is not my first time, otherwise I would never be a fan!
Fun! I haven't read this for years, got to listen to it with a nice coffee each night :-)
Terrible for the ears.
This is my second time listening to an audio book, and I am thrilled to have audio books available. However, I had to stop listening to this one. Between the bad English accents, muffled speeches, and the monotone dragging voice of the women, I cannot follow nor concentrate on this at all.
Very enjoyable, though I can't say I like the character of Nemo very much.
That book was great I loved the readers and the book.
The reader on chapter 18 sounds like she has a stopped up nose! It's kind of funny but I advise you to listen to that chapter. That poor girl.:(
The Female speaker is terrible , Microsoft SAM has more emotion.
I wish you could get a better narrator. This book is read in a seriously monotone voice.
The first speaker is awful!
I had to skip chapter 1. Nobody talks like that. It was droning and sadly spoken. I found it painful to listen to. Please redo chapter 1.
Good but the first chapters voice is why I never got through it in high school. It’s an exciting book lady. Give it some life!
Not sure why everyone is attacking the first reader. I enjoyed the book overall.
Could not stand the voice and manner of speaking of the first reader. I almost did not continue listening to this book. Luckily I found out that the following chapter was not read by the same person.
Please re-do Chapter 1, That woman's voice is far drawn out and spoken too slow. Almost intolerable.
Oh god this first chapter is painful.
Heads up with the chapter one, the woman's voice is too distractingly annoying to focus on the content. Chip is great, Shawn is okay (slightly monotone though).
Yeah. The first narrator is a bit sleepy and cheesy.
Although the book itself is an amazing work of literature art, the first chapter is read by a rather tedious voice. The chapters after that, however, are narrated by Chip who is very lively.