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Professor Aronmax narrates the story from his perspective as a ten month captive aboard the Nautilus along with his faithful servant Conseil and Canadian harpooner friend Ned Land whose on-going escape plans are continually thwarted within the secretive world of the reclusive Captain Nemo.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — A mission to rid the seas of a monstrous creature becomes a terrifying nightmare when Professor Arronax, Conseil and Ned Land are thrown overboard. The huge marine animal which has haunted the water is no living beast, but a spectacular man-made vessel, and the three men find themselves the helpless prisoners of Captain Nemo. Resigned to their fate, they begin a miraculous A mission to rid the seas of a monstrous creature becomes a terrifying nightmare when Professor Arronax, Conseil and Ned Land are thrown overboard.
Resigned to their fate, they begin a miraculous journey on the submarine ship which can travel through waters never before explored. For the Professor, at least, this voyage is one he would not have missed for the world. Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. Verne is often referred to as the "Father of science fiction" as he wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised.
Get A Copy. Audible Audio. Published January 22nd by Audible Studios first published March 20th More Details Original Title. Captain Nemo 1 , Extraordinary Voyages series 6. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Would I, a sixteen-year-old girl, enjoy and understand this book? Zak Longo If you love the ocean, and have an interest in it's nature, you will not feel bogged down by descriptions. However, I do think the philosophical dance …more If you love the ocean, and have an interest in it's nature, you will not feel bogged down by descriptions. However, I do think the philosophical dances with Nemo will get a bit boring for readers under Apparently 6 in the Extroadinary Voyages series.
Niaz Chowdhury It's okay to read Jules Verne's book out of order because most novels are unrelated and standalone in nature. Of course, there are very few exceptions …more It's okay to read Jules Verne's book out of order because most novels are unrelated and standalone in nature. Of course, there are very few exceptions; for example, in this case, you might be interested in reading the Mysterious Island following this novel.
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I was actually looking forward to listening to this. And it's not an overly long book, which made me assume it was a pretty compact story. Plus, I usually have better luck when it comes to these older novels if I listen to the audiobook instead of trying to wade through all the Hands down the WORST book I've read all year. Plus, I usually have better luck when it comes to these older novels if I listen to the audiobook instead of trying to wade through all the crunchy dialogue with my eyeballs.
So, between those factors, I thought this would be a complete winner. But ho-ly shit this was terrible. Ok, how to describe this book? If a really tedious nature show fucked a 5th grade word problem and didn't use a condom - 20, Leagues Under the Sea would be their bastard child.
The vast majority of this thing: Lattitude 54, Longitude Then Aronnax would go on to describe in excruciating detail every fucking thing about whatever chunk of seaweed, fish, oyster bed, sediment, etc.
Now, sometimes my mind will wander for a second when I'm listening to an audiobook. Usually, it's one of those Did I remember to give my kid the check for that field trip? And then I'll just have to back the book up a few seconds to recoup whatever info I just lost. But I could lose half an hour and it wouldn't fucking matter because the professor would still be droning on about different types of pearls and how they were made, and what colors there were, and how much each kind sold for on the open market, and whether or not the oyster wept when they were gone.
Or some other such nonsense. Where was the action I was promised?! Where was the adventure?! Not here, that's for goddamn sure. Still, I remembered hearing about the famous Scene With The Giant Squid and I figured it might make all of this other garbage worth wading through. Supposedly, it was this super awesome battle between man and cephalopod that left a lasting impression on people. Let me save you some trouble.
See, I thought that there was some menacing squid following them that decided to attack the sub and try to drag it to the bottom, or crush it with its massive tentacles, or break it open to slurp out the crew with a straw, or But no.
A group of big-ass squids was swimming by, a few got curious, one of the poor bastards got tangled around the fan or whatnot, and then when the crew when out to "fight" it off the Nautilus one of them got tossed off and killed. Oh, and Ned almost got eaten but Nemo hacked at the squid's beak and saved him. The End. There was a shining moment when I thought things were going to finally get cool as the Nautilus passed over Atlantis.
Fucking Atlantis! These turds got out to explore every dull coral bed along the way, so surely they would stop and meander around this magically advanced civilization, right? They just floated on past it. Bye, Aquaman And after that, I think I just lost the will to even try to muster up a few shits for the rest of it.
I mean, really? Why the hell would anyone go to all that trouble of building this masterpiece of a submarine just for revenge? Just track the fuckers down and shoot them in the head. It would be waaaaay easier and ultimately less time-consuming. Oh, and their stupid secret language that they spoke on board?
It was probably Pig Latin, because everything else they did seemed like something thought up by a 10 year old.
It's not as though anyone could track them down even if those guys spilled the beans! Again, I would have overlooked that with pleasure if I weren't so pissed off with this boring time-suck.
The only fun thing about this was Ned Land. Name another volatile Canuck in literature. Kind of hard to do, eh? It may be hard to tell but I didn't actually like this very much. However, if you did? Well, then that's good, too. View all comments. Man, what a strange book. As I've learned from my more erudite sister , 19th century novelists are all about digression, and Verne, despite being very solidly camped outside Greatliterarynovelopolis in the growing shantytown of Genreville, is no exception.
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