20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Bantam Classics Series)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Bantam Classics Series)

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by Jules Verne
     
 

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An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention -- a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo.  Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the…  See more details below

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An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention -- a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo.  Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole . . .as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.



More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this classic novel, written in 1870, foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and advanced technology of the twentieth century and has become a literary stepping-stone for generations of science fiction writers.

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A large sea monster, believed to resemble a narwhal, is roaming the seas and has destroyed over 200 ships that dared to cross its path. French Professor Pierre Aronnax, a distinguished marine biologist, has set his sights on killing this "gigantic cetacean." He and his faithful assistant, Conseil, accept an invitation to join an expedition aboard the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate. The monster is finally sited and a battle ensues, resulting in Aronnax, Conseil, and a harpooner being tossed overboard and rescued by Nemo, captain of the Nautilus, a large submarine, which had been mistakenly thought to be a sea monster. For ten months, the three men sail with Nemo, a "terrible avenger, a perfect archangel of hatred." They are enthralled with the captivating scenery, discover new sea creatures and lost cities, and become trapped in a iceberg. Jules Verne's classic offers a perfect blend of suspense, adventure, and excitement that will entice even the most reluctant readers. This audiobook also contains a companion ebook-a 272-page printable PDF file complete with a full table of contents and index-and an interesting mini biography of Verne. Michael Prichard provides a stalwart narration; his rich, deep voice offers subtle changes for each character. An essential science fiction classic and a great choice for libraries in need of updating their collections.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553897418
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2003
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
322,223
File size:
541 KB

Meet the Author

Jules Verne (1828-1905) used a combination of scientific facts and his imagination to take readers on extraordinary imaginative journeys to fantastic places. In such books as " Around the World in Eighty Days, From the Earth to the Moon, " and " Journey to the Center of the Earth, " he predicted many technological advances of the twentieth century, including the invention of the automobile, telephone, and nuclear submarines, as well as atomic power and travel to the moon by rocket.

Narrator Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded more than 350 audiobooks including novels by Clive Cussler and Tom Glancy. He recently was named one of Smart Money's Top Ten Golden Voices.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 8, 1828
Date of Death:
March 24, 1905
Place of Birth:
Nantes, France
Place of Death:
Amiens, France
Education:
Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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20,000 Leagues under the Sea (Bantam Classics Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Cool book! P.s. any one want to be nook friends:)
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A really nice book.
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The dark, ship-sinking monster lurks about in several areas. Could your ship be the next victim of this monster? Join Captain Nemo, and Jules Verne on an adventure that will knock your socks off! 20,000 Leagues may seem to start out as an ordinary book, but just wait and see.                Jules Verne loved the sea, and its surroundings in every way. Pick up 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and find yourself on an adventure you will never forget. Starting with the introduction all the way to the last page of the book, you will be on Captain Nemo's ship. You will be the first one to know about Captain Nemo's plotting against society. Will you take the risk of being one of Nemo's victims?
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Twenty-Thousand Leagues under the sea is a book that is truly amazing in many facts: when you consider how detailed Jules is in describing the Nautilus itself, and the that more then 90 percent of his predictions of future inventions for submarines, and undersea exploration, is astoundingly prophetic, over a century before the first modern submarine took to the seas. Not only does the amazing educational content of undersea exploration, marine life, and geography pack this book the story line is pure classic adventure, from The Japan Sea, to Under the Great Ice Barrier, to the lost continent of Atlantis, this book is action and thrill in every sense of the word. Also Jules' amazing story telling abilities really brings the characters personalties to life, with vid emotion. Filling the book with action, suspense, education, and humor, this book is one of my favorite's of all time, and in my opinion one of the great classics. Note, I also found it quite a benefit to have a world globe or map along side the entire length of the book, for it was much more enjoyable to see where the coarse of the story was going, while traversing the globe beneath the waves, in the far depths of the ocean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was a great read. There are numerous scenes that made it impossible to put it down. The only bad thing about the book was that it was too educational. Besides that, the book is excellent.