20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) [NOOK Book]

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Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written. Since that time, generations of readers have plunged below the ocean’s waves with Captain Nemo and his first-ever submarine, The Nautilus. It’s a voyage of exploration and the imagination.

A deadly and huge sea monster is sinking ships. Three men--a French scientist, his trusty sidekick, and a Canadian harpoonist are thrown from the deck of ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written. Since that time, generations of readers have plunged below the ocean’s waves with Captain Nemo and his first-ever submarine, The Nautilus. It’s a voyage of exploration and the imagination.

A deadly and huge sea monster is sinking ships. Three men--a French scientist, his trusty sidekick, and a Canadian harpoonist are thrown from the deck of their American warship. A door opens on the side of the monster, and they are taken inside the greatest submarine in the world, the top-secret Nautilus commanded by a madman who will take them 20,000 leagues into the depths.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 7 Up

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402776281
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Sterling Unabridged Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 270,475
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 2 MB

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.

Biography

The creator of the roman scientifique, the popular literary genre known today as science fiction, Jules Gabriel Verne was born in the port town of Nantes, France, in 1828. His father, Pierre, was a prominent lawyer, and his mother, Sophie, was from a successful ship-building family. Despite his father's wish that he pursue law, young Jules was fascinated by the sea and all things foreign and adventurous. Legend holds that at age eleven he ran away from school to work aboard a ship bound for the West Indies but was caught by his father shortly after leaving port. Jules developed an abiding love of science and language from a young age. He studied geology, Latin, and Greek in secondary school, and frequently visited factories, where he observed the workings of industrial machines. These visits likely inspired his desire for scientific plausibility in his writing and perhaps informed his depictions of the submarine Nautilus and the other seemingly fantastical inventions he described.

After completing secondary school, Jules studied law in Paris, as his father had before him. However, during the two years he spent earning his degree, he developed more consuming interests. Through family connections, he entered Parisian literary circles and met many of the distinguished writers of the day. Inspired in particular by novelists Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas (father and son), Verne began writing his own works. His poetry, plays, and short fiction achieved moderate success, and in 1852 he became secretary of the Théâtre lyrique. In 1857 he married Honorine Morel, a young widow with two children. Seeking greater financial security, he took a position as a stockbroker with the Paris firm Eggly and Company. However, he reserved his mornings for writing. Baudelaire's recently published French translation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the days Verne spent researching points of science in the library, inspired him to write a new sort of novel: the roman scientifique. His first such novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was an immediate success and earned him a publishing contract with the important editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel.

For the rest of his life, Verne published an average of two novels a year; the fifty-four volumes published during his lifetime, collectively known as Voyages Extraordinaires, include his best-known works, Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Begun in 1865 and published to huge success in 1869, Twenty Thousand Leagues has been translated into 147 languages and adapted into dozens of films. The novel also holds the distinction of describing a submarine twenty-five years before one was actually constructed. As a tribute to Verne, the first electric and nuclear submarines were named Nautilus. In 1872 Verne settled in Amiens with his family. During the next several years he traveled extensively on his yachts, visiting such locales as North Africa, Gibraltar, Scotland, and Ireland. In 1886 Verne's mentally ill nephew shot him in the leg, and the author was lame thereafter. This incident, as well as the tumultuous political climate in Europe, marked a change in Verne's perspective on science, exploration, and industry. Although not as popular as his early novels, Verne's later works are in many ways as prescient. Touching on such subjects as the ill effects of the oil industry, the negative influence of missionaries in the South Seas, and the extinction of animal species, they speak to concerns that remain urgent in our own time.

Verne continued writing actively throughout his life, despite failing health, the loss of family members, and financial troubles. At his death in 1905 his desk drawers contained the manuscripts of several new novels. Jules Verne is buried in the Madeleine Cemetery in Amiens.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Good To Know

In 1848, Verne got his start writing librettos for operettas.

When Verne's father found out that his son would rather write than study law, he cut him off financially, and Jules was forced to support himself as a stockbroker -- a job he hated but was fairly good at. During this period, he sought advice and inspiration from authors Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.

Verne stands as the most translated novelist in the world -- 148 languages, according to UNESCO statistics.

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

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Chapter One

A Shifting Reef

The year 1866 was marked by a strange event, an unexplainable occurrence which is undoubtedly still fresh in everyone's memory. Those living in coastal towns or in the interior of continents were aroused by all sorts of rumors; but it was seafaring people who were particularly excited. Merchants, shipowners, skippers and masters of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries and the various governments of both continents were deeply concerned over the matter.

Several ships had recently met at sea “an enormous thing,” a long slender object which was sometimes phosphorescent and which was infinitely larger and faster than a whale.

The facts concerning this apparition, entered in various logbooks, agreed closely with one another as to the structure of the object or creature in question, the incredible speed of its movements, the surprising power of its locomotion and the strange life with which it seemed endowed. If it was a member of the whale family, it was larger than any so far classified by scientists. Neither Cuvier, Lacépède, Dumeril nor Quatrefages would have admitted that such a monster could exist--unless they had seen it with their own scientists' eyes.

Taking an average of observations made at different times'and rejecting those timid evaluations which said the object was only two hundred feet long, and also putting aside those exaggerated opinions which said it was a mile wide and three miles long'one could nevertheless conclude that this phenomenal creature was considerably larger than anything at that time recognized by ichthyologists'if it existed at all.

But it didexist--there was no denying this fact any longer--and considering the natural inclination of the human brain toward objects of wonder, one can understand the excitement produced throughout the world by this supernatural apparition. In any case, the idea of putting it into the realm of fiction had to be abandoned.

On July 20, 1866, the steamer Governor Higginson of the Calcutta and Burnach Steam Navigation Company had encountered this moving mass five miles east of the Australian coast. Captain Baker first thought he had sighted an unknown reef; he was even getting ready to plot its exact position when two columns of water spurted out of the inexplicable object and rose with a loud whistling noise to a height of a hundred and fifty feet. So, unless the reef contained a geyser, the Governor Higginson was quite simply in the presence of an unknown aquatic mammal, spurting columns of water mixed with air and vapor out of its blowholes.

A similar thing was observed on July 23 of the same year in Pacific waters, by the Christopher Columbus of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company. This extraordinary creature could therefore move from one place to another with surprising speed, since within a space of only three days, the Governor Higginson and the Christopher Columbus had sighted it at two points on the globe separated by more than 2100 nautical miles.

Two weeks later and six thousand miles from this last spot, the Helvetia of the Compagnie Nationale and the Shannon of the Royal Mail Steamship Company, passing on opposite courses in that part of the Atlantic lying between the United States and Europe, signaled one another that they had sighted the monster at 42° 15' N. Lat. and 60° 35' W. Long. In this simultaneous observation they felt able to judge the creature's minimum length at more than 350 feet, since it was larger than both ships each of which measured 330 feet over-all. But the largest whales, the Kulammak and Umgullick that live in the waters around the Aleutian Islands, never exceed 180 feet in length, if that much.

These reports arriving one after the other, with fresh observations made on board the liner Le Pereire, a collision between the Etna of the Inman Line and the monster, an official report drawn up by the officers of the French frigate Normandie, and a very reliable sighting made by Commodore Fitz-James' staff on board the Lord Clyde, greatly stirred public opinion. In lighthearted countries, people made jokes about it, but in serious practical-minded countries, such as England, America and Germany, it was a matter of grave concern.

In every big city the monster became the fashion: it was sung in cafés, derided in newspapers and discussed on the stage. Scandal sheets had a marvelous opportunity to print all kinds of wild stories. Even ordinary newspapers--always short of copy--printed articles about every huge, imaginary monster one could think of, from the white whale, the terrible “Moby Dick” of the far north, to the legendary Norse kraken whose tentacles could entwine a five-hundred-ton ship and drag it to the bottom. Reports of ancient times were mentioned, the opinions of Aristotle and Pliny who admitted to the existence of such monsters, along with those of the Norwegian bishop, Pontoppidan, Paul Heggede and finally Mr. Harrington, whose good faith no one can question when he claims to have seen, while on board the Castillan in 1857, that enormous serpent which until then had been seen in no waters but those of the old Paris newspaper, the Constitutionnel.

It was then that in scientific societies and journals an interminable argument broke out between those who believed in the monster and those who did not. The “question of the monster” had everyone aroused. Newspapermen, who always pretend to be on the side of scientists and against those who live by their imagination, spilled gallons of ink during this memorable campaign; and some even spilled two or three drops of blood, after arguments that had started over sea serpents and ended in the most violent personal insults.

For six months this war was waged with varying fortune. Serious, weighty articles were published by the Brazilian Geographical Institute, the Royal Scientific Academy of Berlin, the British Association and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington; others appeared in the Indian Archipelago, in Abbé Moigno's Cosmos, in Petermann's Mittheilungen and in the science sections of all the important newspapers of France and other countries.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Copyright © by Jules Verne. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    20000 leagues under the sea is a tale about professor Aronnaux g

    20000 leagues under the sea is a tale about professor Aronnaux going on a sea mission to find a giant narwhal that can travel up to speeds of 25 knots and destroy boats like they are nothing. they found the giant narwhal and were chasing it until it turned upon then and threw Professor Aronnaux, Consiel, and Ned into the ocean. Then the large narwhal found them but it was not a narwhal but a cedar shaped boat that could sail underwater. They were brought into the underwater boat and they go on a fabulous adventure under the sea.
    I really liked this book because there was a lot of adventure and was a very interesting book to read. Also it was written before there were submarines so its cool that he predicted that.
    I would say that if you like adventure and science you should read this book because it is very interesting and is a very good novel to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne. New York: Scholastic Inc.© 2000. Pages 426

    The author of this book, Jules Verne, was born in 1828 in Nantes, France. He was encouraged by his father to study and perceive a career in the field of law. But his love was literature and he followed his heart, creating more than fifty science fiction novels. One of these stories is this book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was published in 1869. This book also is probably the most popular book in the series Voyage Extraordinaires. Using a scientific eye, Verne predicted future inventions. That is what this book was based on; a ship that could travel at speeds of twenty-five knots per hour and could sail underneath of the water.
    This intriguing book begins as a rather mysterious giant "narwhal" keeps appearing in the way of ships. It has caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage by smashing its some what impenetrable shell into the hauls and screws of vessels in its territory. An ambitious scientist, Professor Aronnaux, decides to take a prolonged trip into the Pacific Ocean to find out who or what this creature is. After several months at sea, the crew of the Abraham Lincoln finds the monster and chases it at full speed. They chased the creature for eighteen hours until they finally gave up. Just when they thought that the unknown animal had disappeared back to the depths of the ocean, it came about and smashed into the rear of the ship. The force was so great, that Professor Aronnaux was thrown into the water along with his servant, Consiel, and a harpooner named Ned Land.
    Over the course of the night, the three made their way to the mysterious sea monster. Once they reached it, they found out that the exterior layer was not skin. Instead, it was a tough medal. The Professor, Ned Land, and Consiel, through a small opening in the top of the vessel, made their way inside. Once there, they were taken captive and placed in a small room for twenty-four hours. After their detaining, Captain Nemo trusted his newly found friends enough to allow them to sail with him on his journey. They ventured around the under water world for several months, learning and making news discoveries every day.
    In my personal opinion of this book, I believe that it has a winding plot; throwing you off guard several times. I found it hard to follow. This book is set to appeal to older audiences. It has a vast vocabulary that is very hard for me to decipher and enjoy. That is the main reason that I have rated this book at three stars. I believe that people that are in college or graduates working in a scientific field would enjoy the knowledge of an array of vegetation and animals describe in this classic. I would not recommend this book to people under the age of fifteen.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Great Classic

    I bought this for my son's home school reading class. He loves science class, so I thought he'd enjoy this story. He does. It's not easy to read. Jules Verne wasn't writing for children. But if the reader really sticks with it, it is so rewarding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

    I chose this book because in the title it says sea, so that means that it is about the sea. Also i would think of it as a mystery because the sea is so deep and huge, so that means that there can be many new things that is a mystery to us.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    The action of this book is slowed way down by excessive scientif

    The action of this book is slowed way down by excessive scientific description. But it was Ned Land's constant bloodthristiness for killing whatever life he found, wherever he found it (in one example, his desire to kill every kangaroo on an island), that killed this book for me. I just couldn't deal with ninteenth century ideals and views. If you ask me, not many young people are going to enjoy this. It's a valuable example of where we've come from, but with our oceans now threatened by pollution and overfishing, this account of the excesses of the past is just painful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Grat book!!!!!!!!!!! Ages 11&up

    For ages 11and up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Proluge

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    Everything was quiet. Celestia's daughter was beautiful. Only one problem there was. Celestia's daughter was named Princess Oceana. The sky was dark. Celestia knew her path meant consequences. Celestia was so unhappy. The rain poured down. Forever the two worlds had been separated.... that's just how it always was. Celestia's husband was Darkwaters. The moon was dark, and shadowed. Celestia had to give up her daughter. Oceana was a sealicorn.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    It is good

    This is a very good book and i read it in two days i liked it so much!! However, it is quite a tricky read and i reccommend it to ages 11 and over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Amazing MORGAN B.

    A great book full of adventure.

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    Posted September 21, 2013

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    Male kit with pale-silver almost white fur (like the moon) and pale blue eyes. Personality: likes all moon phases but full moon is my fav, likes to run around and play with friends, a good leader for a kit, works well with others

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    Posted July 13, 2013

    Palmkit

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    SteelStar- Rules to Join!

    1) We are a no powers clan. Normal cats please. 2) All must use at least decent grammar. 3) Be active, and if you cannot come on for a long period of time for any reason, tell us in advance if possible. 4) Leave your bio here and come to the main camp! (2nd result)

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    Posted July 6, 2013

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    I was here first.

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    Sex.. have it

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    Posted May 27, 2013

    Please do not advertise on our territory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Wonder Woman...RULES AND GUIDE

    Okay heres the deal! You can be any DC person you want! But you have to ask! And be active! Relation ships are Wonder Woman and Batman also Hawkgirl and Green Lantern. Any one else i dont care! Go crazy! Uh...no s<_>ex but cussing is allowed if you can do it woth out getting locked out! Not to be picky but third person if you can! Relation ships BUILD UP! Ok now for the guide: main deck res 3. Cafateria res 4. Bios for anyone that is made up or no one knows is res 2. Dorms you will pick. Training area res 5. Battle feilds res 6, 7, and 8! Please apply at res three!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    book report review ¿20,000 Leagues Under the Sea¿ is a great boo

    book report review
    “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a great book in my opinion. It starts out with the world in wonder of a mysterious sea creature attacking and sinking many ships. In awe himself professor Aronax and his servant Cornelius would dare to try to find the creature if it was real. They join the ship called Abraham Lincoln where they travel abroad with Ned a master harpooner. For days they haven't found anything until one night they spotted the creature which attacked them. Ned threw his harpoon with great power but caused no damage to the creature. Then the Abraham was hit sending Professor Aronax and Ned to the ocean. His servant Cornelius went into the water to help them. They got on top of what they believe is a sear creature but finds out that is was a submarine disguise asa sea creature. Over the following chapters they meet the mysterious Captain Nemo. The book gives details of their exploration under the vast sea where they discover many secrets such as under water forests and the great lost city of Atlantis. The book also gives the travelers many problems that they will experience with man eating native, ice barriers in the south pole and battling giant squids using axes only. I believe the writer Jules Verne wanted his readers in excitement and awe of the sea. He creates a mood as if we were with the professor and his servant traveling and searching for the sea’s wonderful treasure of the deep secretes we are being kept away from. -zjs

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    Posted January 22, 2013

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