A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.
After much fruitless searching, the monster is found, and the ship charges into battle. During the fight, the ship's steering is damaged, and the three men are thrown overboard. They find themselves stranded on the "hide" of the creature, only to discover to their surprise that it is a large metal construct. They are quickly captured and brought inside the vessel, where they meet its enigmatic creator and commander, Captain Nemo.
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By Beth on 29-03-16
I confess I've not yet finished the book. but five hours and 16 chapters in I've lost patience with it. detailed descriptions are all well and good. but when a good five minuets or more is spent on describing almost every single item that falls into his line of vision.
almost 10 full minuets are spent on a conversation between Consail and Ned land as they discuss the classification of fish and describe the selection of fish to be seen from the submarines windows. no character development, very little character interaction a whole lot of talking and explaining about the ship. (which if your into the nitty gritty details of how things work might be for you) and No events of real interest.
The performance was good, no complaints there.
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By am on 03-03-16
worth the listen
I have read this and didn't remember the long lists of creatures and the classifications.. or all the position coordinates... I must have sped over them when reading... you can't do that with this medium..
It makes you appreciate the way it was written better..
To me the narration seemed very good. Not flat like some can be nor over the top..
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By John S on 18-07-13
A classic that everyone should read.
This book was $2, and well worth it. I read the book 20 years ago, but decided to listen to it again. Buy the book and don't use the credit though. It will be the best $2 you spend on audible.
Written over 100 years ago it accurately predicts submarines, deep sea diving and other technologies. The narration by Peter Hausmann is great and the story can't be beat. I could write more, but at $2 try it for yourself.
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By Brandon on 11-07-15
A difficult story plagued by a terrible reader
This experience probably would have been much more enjoyable with a different reader. Verne can already be a little dull especially once he starts going off on his lists of every creature that swims, floats, or crawls through the ocean, or the average salinity of any given body of water, but Husmann's monotone almost metallic reading made it almost unbearable. I questioned several times if it was a robot reading but the occasional wheezing assured me there was in fact a human behind the mic. The pauses between chapters were also incredibly long, so much so, that I would check to see if my player had stopped every time.
The story is a classic but not my favorite. If you must read a Verne book I suggest "The Mysterious Island".If you must read this book I suggest any other recording.
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