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The beauty of writing about the sea is that there is so much - both known and unknown - that lies beneath the water’s surface, which makes any tale about it intriguing yet at the same time terrifying. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a fascinating tale about just how far people are willing to go to find out what exists underneath the ocean, and in Professor Pierre Aronnax’s case, the initial journey to investigate what some people think is a sea monster becomes one of the most frightening and emotional adventures he has ever embarked on in his entire life.
David McCallion gives a tremendous reading of this incredible classic, and it is so impressive how he is able to switch between not just characters and personalities, but between accents, as well! He clearly captures the elements of adventure, suspense, and joy at appropriate times throughout the novel, acting like the map that we as the reader need to navigate the deep seas with each of the characters! The very end of the book is the part that I love the most; ending with a touch of suspense and a lot of mystery.
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Would you listen to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea again? Why?
Yes, I would listen to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea again. It is a keystone classic of science fiction and horror along with Frankenstein, Dracula, and the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. This is quite an adventure. For those who have seen only movie adaptations, please read the book instead.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Nemo was dark and foreboding, but I love Conseil for humor. Aronnax calls him a servant and "boy," but the man is smart and compassionate. Ned Land's obsession with meat and freedom also resonated with me. They are all great characters trapped on a submarine.
What does David McCallion bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is skilled at portraying different characters. I was amazed he can switch character voices so deftly. He maintained them throughout the book, lending to clear comprehension of who is talking.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did at the end. I did not want to turn it off. I was riveted.
Any additional comments?
This book is exceptional. I wish I had read it forty years ago. This would make a great gift for children during the holidays. The book "All the Light We Cannot See" inspired me to read Verne's book which figures prominently.
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