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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Written by: Jules Verne
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
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Publisher's Summary

Professor Aronnax, a French naturalist, begins an extremely hazardous voyage to pursue a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the ‘monster’ turns out to be a giant submarine, the Nautilus, which is commanded by the enigmatic Captain Nemo.

They explore underwater marvels, and find the ruins of Atlantis but Nemo has a hidden desire for revenge, which will not be ignored.

Public Domain (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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"A tale of terror, suspense, and wonder." ( Guardian)

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  • The Critic
  • 30-03-15

I Have A Sinking Feeling You'll Love this Book

Would you listen to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea again? Why?

This is a great story that I could listen to multiple times and still enjoy. Anyone who hasn't had a chance to read or listen to this book is missing out on one of the greats. An awesome story with one of the best characters ever. Also, Andrew Wincott is by far the best narrator that I've heard.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?

When the Nautilus first appears in the night waters.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

Captain Neemo. One of the best anti-heroes ever.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Sometimes the darkest depths are in a man's soul."

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed this book make sure that you follow up with "Mysterious Island".

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-17

intreaging

Great story but I got lost in the details about the sea life classifications. I Recommend it!

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  • matt
  • 19-07-16

Good Book

I did enjoy this book. But for whatever reason I couldn't get really really into it.

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  • kimmyo
  • 04-10-20

Enriched Classic Version; a GREAT classic

For those seeking an audio companion for the Enriched Classic edition of this book, you've found it!

Contrary to several reviews that complain of excessive omittable detail and cataloging, I found every passage to be both relevant and exciting. Truly a modern epic!

The narration and audio quality were perfect too.

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  • parham gharagozlou
  • 09-09-19

Amazing classic with a wonderful narriation

The book is one of the best I've heard. I love the story. However the narration could use a hint of work. 5 stars all the way though

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  • L.A.
  • 02-04-19

Such a treat!

I absolutely loved this! It is such a great and thoughtful performance! I highly recommend!

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  • Regina
  • 31-01-19

amazing

Ive always heard about this book from movies and stuff. And after listening to it i now realize why it is refrenced so many times.

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  • rasmus
  • 15-06-17

Main events were boring, characters pretentious

First of all, the whole book is spoiled by the summary.
It takes them 10/46 parts to establish that the submarine is in fact a submarine and not a monster.
Atlantis is like 2 paragraphs and overall very uninteresting.
The sea monsters are just random and at the very end of the book. Could have been ignored and would have not made any change to anything happening thereafter.

Why is this a classic?

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  • Rodion
  • 20-08-18

Twenty Thousand Leagues of Pleasure

I bought this version of the book because of Andrew Wincott. After listening to countless books I can say that Andrew Wincott is my top narrator, on the same level as Stephen Fry. His voice is deep as the seas of this book, pulling very intricate emotions and making you feel a part of the story.

The book combines unexpected plot twists, very advanced sci-fi science ideas, wonderful flora and fauna descriptions and exceptional characters. I especially loved the underwater experience as I'm a free diver.

I love every minute of this book. Thank you Jules Verne and Andrew Wincott.

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  • Sam
  • 16-03-20

excellent

Excellent telling of a classic book from start to finish. Nothing more to add at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Worth a go

The performance was very good, and avoided what could have otherwise been a 'documentaryesque' tone. The story was not too bad, but I feel that it lacked consistent thrills and tense moments. I was really impressed with the knowledge of the animals and geography that the author had considering the year it was written and was even more impressed with the imagination of the submarine! Unfortunately the few conflicts in the novel were not sustained and there was no real sense of thrills even when the infamous poulp attacked. Maybe because I just finished 1984: which in my opinion was brilliant. Give it a go anyway...you might disagree with me :)

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  • Jessica
  • 28-10-20

was it fiction?

this felt like a non-fiction book. it was full of facts and information but the story was lacking. I had high hopes after listening to journey to the centre of the earth. I certainly hope Jules does better in around the world

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-17

A most intriguing tale of adventure and mishap.

The style in while it is written is somewhat similar to that of a scientific journal article with few places for emotion. However you can't help but feel an attachment for each of the characters by the end.

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  • Adilson
  • 18-03-21

An eternal classic

It’s a delightful story. To fully enjoy it, you must put yourself back to those days when electricity was something brand new and still not widely available. Now we still dream the same adventurous dreams, but aiming to the stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-18

one of my favourites

well narrated and clear as a bell one my favourite classics will listen to it again