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

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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
File size:
559 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 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 175 reviews.
Musikdude8 More than 1 year ago
So I read this book back when I was in middle school and I just remember being absolutely fascinated by it. Jules Verne weaves a tale of adventure and danger, exploring the darkest unknown depths of the oceans in a spectacular way. I now read it at least once every year, and it continues to be my favorite book. It's perfect for long car drives, plane flights, and rainy days. It's a quick page-turner that makes it impossible to put down. Jules Verne really likes to use lots of scientific references and vocabulary, so that may take some getting used to for some readers, especially younger ones, but it's all worth, I promise.
wistuco More than 1 year ago
A Book Review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea By Roger, Grade 7, Yangon International School Imagine traveling underwater to explore the sea for an entire life without even coming back to land! Who would live in an underwater world? What might be the hidden dangers? Are there hidden mysteries? The novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, one of the most translated authors in the world, also known as “Father of Science Fiction”, is a science fiction book that contains adventures, undiscovered mysteries, and secrets to discover, from the underwater world! The story begins with a transoceanic cruise, Abraham Lincoln, tries to hunt the mysterious monster threatening many people in the sea. However, the crew is unable to discover any clue about the monster. That is until the monster bumps into the ship, causes two people to go overboard. After the monster disappeared once again, the two survivors, Professor Aronnax and Counseil, wander around the surrounding area, and discover one more survivor, Ned. Unfortunately, with minimal hope, the three survivors consider themselves dead until: they are stepping on the monster, Nautilus, the futuristic submarine. Nautilus immediately rises above the surface of the water, subjugates the survivors under the control of Captain Nemo, the person that wishes to own his own mini world. His main goal is to explore the sea, the motherland of many dangerous and harmful creatures, along with the three survivors, with the new adventure waiting for them. Verne’s development of the plot was amusing and creative. Even though the story didn’t have any critical theme, graphic and invigorating structure of the story line and the cordial usage of the sentences caused the story to became full of amazing entertainments. Verne also did a terrific job in creating a rare and unusual plot in an underwater. For the characters, Verne decided to add completely different attitudes and behaviors to each of the characters that made them unique and astonishing. As for Captain Nemo, a unique character with a strange attitude, can be both friendly and mean. Even though he wasn’t pleased being hunted at the first place, he still treated the three survivors as if they were friends. On the other side, he feared that his secret would be spread, and decided to subjugate them and never let them leave the crew. His reaction forced the survivors to make an indeterminable decision, and also left them to be bewildered. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea was mainly designed for the teenage readers and some adults that love science fiction. From scale 1 (low) to 5 (high), I rate this a four because the entire story was filled with excitements described by detailed and cordial passages. Besides, the vocabulary usages of the words were not very difficult, so it is easier for young readers to enjoy.
WildMoose More than 1 year ago
I loved this when I first read it several years ago and when I got it on my nook it was even better!!! Very entertaining. Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a teenager and when I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who truly loves well-written books. What else can I say? It's a classic. (This probably isn't for anyone who has difficulty in reading or doesn't like enigmatic [like that one] words)
Books Maxwell More than 1 year ago
Such a good book I finshed it in 3 days highly recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a classic, so don't expect any modern allusions to Twilight. Nor does it involve love affairs, severe violence, or even a school for witchcraft and wizardry. What Jules Verne does offer is a description of a fantastical world that lies below humankind all along. Sometimes explanations and imagery drag on, but it definitely isn't lacking in detail. The story is interesting and suspenseful. It may not be to your taste if you're more into easy reads, but it is especially wonderful if you're turned on to anything involving underwater life, science, or technology. In that case, this book is definitely for you. The take on man in solitude provides interest as well, giving readers a new scope of society.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is a clas­sic sci­ence fic­tion novel pub­lished in 1870. The book¿s orig­i­nal title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, the lit­eral trans­la­tion would be "Seas" which might imply the seven seas. The story is told from the view point of Pro­fes­sor Pierre Aron­nax, a famous French marine biol­o­gist. The pro­fes­sor accepts an invi­ta­tion to join an expe­di­tion to destroy a sea mon­ster who is sink­ing ships. Along for the ride come Cana­dian har­poon­ist Ned Land and Con­seil, the professor¿s servant. The expe­di­tion fails, the mon­ster sinks it and the Pro­fes­sor, Ned Land and Con­seil find them­selves at the mercy of Cap­tain Nemo, who com­mands The Nau­tilus, a sub­ma­rine the likes of which have never been seen. I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne in two lan­guages and sev­eral ver­sions. I have to say that this trans­la­tion beats them all. The book shows Verne¿s genius which is tough to trans­late, the char­ac­ters come alive on the pages and the adven­tures they go through are excit­ing. The comedic tone and even psy­chol­ogy show well in this won­der­ful translation. As in the pre­vi­ous ver­sions I have read, there are many ¿lists¿ and descrip­tions of the ocean life. I have to say that I did skimmed through the lists but read the descrip­tive parts enthu­si­as­ti­cally. With the excep­tion of intri­cate sci­en­tific names, which lend cred­i­bil­ity to this fan­tasy, I found the book absorb­ing and engross­ing. I¿m glad I read it again. While sub­marines today are com­mon place and almost any­one of can go and visit one (there are sev­eral older sub­marines which one can go on), the fan­tas­tic voy­ages and imag­i­na­tion are inspir­ing today as they were in 1870. What I love about this book is that the trans­la­tors took their time to write an excel­lent intro­duc­tion and, best of all, won­der­ful foot­notes which, as I said time and time again, make a trans­lated book into a cul­tural expe­ri­ence and raises the level of enjoy­ment by mul­ti­ple degrees. Not many peo­ple are aware, but almost a whole quar­ter of the book was lit­er­ally lost in trans­la­tion. This won­der­ful edi­tion, trans­lated by Water James Miller and Fred­er­ick Paul Wal­ter, restores those pages as well as If you ever won­dered what the big hoopla is about Jules Verne, read this ver­sion and you¿ll find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a place for roleplaying! It's for reviewing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Stop being such disrespectful pricks to this piece of literature and move your RP to somewhere appropriate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just amazing i can not stand how good this is from ice to desert an underwater adventure to the worlds best storys Nobody can rate this book 1 ,2,3 and 4 stars (Only five)
Ryan32 More than 1 year ago
20000 leagues under the sea is a very good book. The story tells of action and adventure. It also tells about of a mad sea captain traped aboured a submarine with a bunch of French professors. The adventures incloode uncovering Atalantis, finding unseen tombs. And getting clues of a giant sea squid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is rare that the title of any book so aptly describes the entirety of the text inside. This book is quite literally the diary of a visitor aboard one of the all-time great mad scientists of literature, as they circumvent the globe - mostly underwater. In that the book can be painfully boring without a deeper understanding of what this book did for the general psyche of the age it as penned in. In 1869 the submarines that did exist were mere toys to the mythical phantom that Nemo had so painstakingly built. Much of the map that Verne described was foreign to every reader of the time, oceans being a matter of military concern primarily, and the joy of trying to prove or disprove the possibility of the fantastic underwater passage by tracking the progress of the Nautilus was part of the allure. The careful, rich detail of a man trapped in an underwater prison (albeit one of luxury) at the behest of the world's leading genius of the day (Nemo) holds the story together even when it seems as if the narrative slogs on mile (league) after mile (league). This is not an easy story to read. The action is infrequent and the story bears little resemblance to the Disney movie, but even so it is a divine classic. The predictions laid out by this author (who hardly could be considered an adventurer or world traveler) were more than wild speculation or mere fancy. They directly shaped the future - and that is what makes for great science fiction. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this classic over a few quiet (and preferably wet and soggy) days, with an antique globe or sea charts handy of course.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Good book, but the scientific names of animals id
Anonymous 7 months ago
"anyone know Yoshi?" She asked looking around
Anonymous 7 months ago
Walks in.
Anonymous 7 months ago
*walks in*
Anonymous 7 months ago
Hey im the real gavin
Anonymous 7 months ago
Weakly wlks in an collapses
Anonymous 7 months ago
*walks into the school, carefully avoiding everybody*
Anonymous 7 months ago
War&peace all res or 30,000 within res 1-6.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Saunters in
Anonymous 7 months ago
Walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walks in, pulling Cynthia with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a novice to classic novels, I found this one an excellent read that captured my interest the whole length of the book