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Hold on tight as Captain Nemo takes you on a perilous journey deep beneath the ocean waves, into the incredible underwater world where lives the crew of the mighty submarine the Nautilus. When Nemo captures Professor Arronax; his servant, Conseil; and the harpoonist Ned Land, the prisoners join Nemo's breathtaking journey through the ocean's depths in search of long-lost ...more
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Published September 19th 2000 by HarperCollins (first published 1870)
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Ken-ichi
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. Literally half this book is a taxonomic listing of every plant and animal Arronax observes! I mean, even I was bored. Me. The nature freak. I occasionally review field guides on Goodreads, and yet I actually preferred George Eliot's tangents ab ...more
Werner
Verne's works are difficult for an English-speaking reader to evaluate fairly, because he wasn't well-served by the English translations of his day --which are still the standard ones in print, which most people read. The translators changed plots and characters' names in some cases, excised passages they considered "boring," and generally took a very free hand with the text; so you never know how much of the plodding pacing, bathetic dialogue, and stylistic faults (for instance, what passes for ...more
J.G. Keely
Jules Verne, classic pulp author, innovator of science fiction, originator of 'steampunk'--or was he? Many readers of the English language will never know the real Verne, and I'm not talking about those who dislike reading. Indeed, many well-meaning folks from the English-speaking world have picked up and read a book titled 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' cover to cover, and yet still know next to nothing of Verne, due to his long-standing translation problem. And as an interesting note, ...more
Jason Koivu
Feb 11, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For years this is what Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meant to me...

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I know, I know...That's just not what Jules Verne intended. Hey, Disney tried and it was fun when I was about 7 or 8, but back when Vernes wrote this, he was writing a true thrill ride!

The story is of an underwater mission to seek and destroy a sea monster. That premise is turned on its head and the story takes a more scientific and character-based slant. Verne takes his readers on a trip to new worlds, som
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Miriam
Aug 01, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who can look at aquariums for hours

I picked this book up -- this specific edition -- because I saw it was illustrated by the Dillons. This was fortunate because it turned out that, contrary to my previously held belief, I had not read it. What I had read as a child was some heavily edited-for-excitingness version almost entirely absent the encyclopedic accounts of marine life and oceanic conditions that constitute the bulk of the text. So few are the actual adventures of Nemo and the Professor and his two companions that I now wo
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Apatt
Nov 19, 2015 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“Under the sea
Under the sea
When the sardine
Begin the beguine
It's music to me
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band
Each little clam here
know how to jam here
Under the sea”

- Sebastian the groovy Caribbean Crab

The perfect soundtrack for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas really. I bet Captain Nemo wishes he’d thought of it.

The direct translation of the full title of this here book is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas: An Underwater Tour of the World*, note the S at the
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Chad Bearden
Aug 31, 2008 Chad Bearden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
You can't be a serious science-fiction reader without delving just a bit into the genre's roots. To remedy an embarrassing lack of any Jules Verne on my reading list, last year I read "Journey to the Center of the Earth". I can see how to a young reader, it would be an instant classic. It's a pretty ripping adventure complete with hidden underground worlds and dinosaurs and gleefully wrong-headed theories about geology. What's not to love?

Maybe I was a little disappointed? I was hoping for more
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Carol
Nov 18, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Within the pages of this 1869 Classic sci-fi adventure, you will experience life underwater aboard the amazing submarine Nautilus encountering gigantic sea monsters, a 600 pound oyster shell with a flawless Pearl the size of a coconut, and fight your way thru man-eating Sharks as well as the Great Ice Barrier. While the story is a little "heavy" on the descriptions of the colorful fish and unusual plant life, there are also sea battles and shipwrecks to keep one entertained.

Professor Aronmax nar

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Jay
Firstly, I won't deny that Jules Verne knows his stuff. This book is full of scientific analysis, with a detailed knowledge of zoology, ocean currents, geographical construction and engineering designs. While the character development is stalled and Nemo is the only one to truly grow (somewhat, that is), the amount of knowledge Verne shoved into the book made it sink- no pun intended.

I'm in no way denying that this book is interesting and is not worthy of a higher rating. There were parts where
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Mike Anastasia
Nov 29, 2015 Mike Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and I can understand how it's rightfully considered a classic, but I have to imagine this is as uninspiring to our generation as the first iPhone manuals will be in 150 years.

When this was written, the idea of naval travel was only practically available to the rich and, beyond that, the concept of a submarine was on the same lines as a rail gun or UAV to us. We've probably imagined - either through stories, video games or whatever - that such things could exist in our world
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Donna
Apr 12, 2009 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: can't think of anyone!
Shelves: 2009
I have just spent the best part of the last 2 weeks reading this, and I'm wondering why I bothered. I had completely the wrong impression of what this book was about, not having heard the story or seen any of the films (apart from Captain Nemo turning up in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!). I thought that the 20,000 leagues under the sea meant that they literally went down vertically to 20,000 leagues below the surface and there found a land full of fantastical creatures a la Journey to the C ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Okay, nothing new about this story is there?

This is a piece of classic science fiction or adventure fiction, if you prefer. It's actually what I remembered. I've rated it five stars, but it's important to note, that five stars comes because of what this novel started.

This is the birth of steampunk and science fantasy. This is the book that most people point to, not that there aren't others, as one of the earliest purely science fiction stories. And, more importantly, this is loaded with hard s
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Nathan
Jun 18, 2008 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has been said that Captain Nemo is the worst villain in classic literature. I disagree. I submit that Verne's intimate knowledge of marine biology, which he thrusts upon the reader in chapter after painful chapter, is TRULY the worst villain in classic literature, though it could be argued that Melville's familiarity with the whaling industry is right up there. Overall, too much of the book told me too little. I was hoping for a better character sketch of Captain Nemo, and I was left wanting ...more
the gift
this is a later addition: there is a well-known critical position that s-f is the 'literature of cognitive estrangement', where the usual, the mundane, is made 'strange', engaging thought from some slightly different perspective- just read critique that verne perhaps operates the other way round, that he makes the 'strange' into the familiar, the mundane, so less threatening, somehow maintaining worlds comfortable to readers...

first review: this is another book i decide to reread that i once gav
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Kostas Papadatos
Οι 20000 λεύγες κάτω απο τη θάλασσα είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα που περιγράφει τις υποθαλάσσιες περιπέτειες του πλοιάρχου Νέμο και του πληρώματός του. Πρωτοεκδόθηκε το 1869 και για την εποχή του θεωρήθηκε πρωτοποριακό, καθώς το μέσο που χρησιμοποίησε ο Βέρν για τις ταξιδιωτικές εξορμήσεις των ηρώων του ήταν ένα υποβρύχιο.
Προσωπικά το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο με κούρασε πάρα πόλυ,έψαχνα συνεχώς αφορμές να σταματήσω την ανάγνωση του.
Ο λόγος? Οι λανθασμένες πληροφορίες,τα αυθαίρετα συμπεράσματα και τα πολλά
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Ahmed
May 03, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فى العام 1869 م ألف فيرن تحفته الأدبية " عشرون ألف فرشخ تحت الماء " و تناول فيها حياة القبطان نيمو على متن غواصته نيوتيلوس التى تجوب البحار و المحيطات بسهوله حتى وصلت إلى القطب الشمالى .. بالطبع فى ذلك الوقت لم تخترع الغواصات و لم يصل أحد - على الأقل حياً - للقطب الشمالى .. الغريب أن بعدها بأقل من مائة عام بقليل نجحت أول غواصة نووية فى الوصول للقطب الشمالى و تيمناً بقصة جول فيرن تم تسمية الغواصة بنفس الأسم الذى أستخدمه الكاتب .. نيوتيلوس
الرواية رائعة بالطبع .. ميزة جول فيرن أنه يبدع فى وصف التفا
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David
Sep 27, 2007 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jules Verne but there are too many boring parts in this book. He has a bad habit, which really bugs me, of trying so hard to make his heroes seem brilliant that he has them reciting dictionaries. It's not believable, and seems a little lazy. For example, the characters will see plants in the ocean and they will converse for several chapters on all of the menial trivia involving the plants and their close relatives. It's not interesting information, it's just show-off data. He falls into t ...more
Duaa Ahmed
حين تقرأ "عشرون ألف فرسخ تحت الماء" إنسى الغواصة .. تجاهل كل ما عرفته من قبل عن هذا "الشيء"
وتعرف إليها عبر غواصة الكابتن نيمو ..

حياة البحر ومن البحر ..
الحماس والتشويق والمفاجات ..
كل ما في الرواية يشد المتلهف لمعرفة حياة المحيطات هناك بالأسفل ..

شخصية الكابتن نيمو اللذي كره البشرية واختار أن تكون أعماق المحيط عالمه فقطع كل ما له علاقة بالبر ..
المأكولات والملابس والعطور وكل ما يخطر ببالك مورده المحيط
عالم آخر سيدهشك حتما أن تتعرف عليه بشكل أحداث رواية مثيرة وممتعة ومفيدة وقيمة بمعلوكماتها الف
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Amanda
Nov 15, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This was really good and I wanted to give it 5 stars but I did find the ending to be abrupt and a bit unsatisfying so I'm knocking it down to 4 but overall this was a fantastic audio. I didn't really know what to expect and I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I always thought that the 20,000 leagues in the title referred to depth. Turns out it's distance. Oops I feel a little stupid for that. This is a really enjoyable sea adventure that holds up well. I recommend the audio narrated by Andrew W ...more
Huda Aweys
جول فيرن مرة أخرى :) .. وعشرون ألف فرسخ تحت الماء
تلك الرواية التي نبه فيها لفكرة الغواصة .. الغواصة (ناوتيلوس) :) ، كما أسماها هو في العام 1870 ، وكما سميت بالفعل حين تحولت إلى واقع في العام 1958
وما الغاية من استكشاف البحار .. والفضاء .. وحتى مركز الأرض في النهاية ، سوى البحث عن فرص .. فرص أخرى للحياة
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" .. صعد إلينا كابتن نيمو وقال : ( ان في المحيط مايكفي لإطعام كل سكان العالم . و أحيانا ما أتخيل أن مدنا كاملة شيدت تحت البحر ، فالحياة هناك هادئة ، و آمنة وممتعة).
وصمت قليلا ، وبدا أنه يتذك
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Laura Jelenkovich
Gli occhi di Verne attraversavano il tempo, tutto si svolgeva davanti a lui in un eterno presente in cui il futuro già esisteva. 20.000 leghe sotto i mari è a tratti la descrizione di una visione dei secoli a venire. In certe parti della trama gli eventi lasciano senza fiato per l'accuratezza e la modernità della descrizione. I personaggi sono resi in maniera eccellente, con maestria ineguagliabile. Il Capitano Nemo, Aronnax, Conseil e Ned sono vivi davanti ai nostri occhi attraverso il loro lin ...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. I liked this book and think that Verne did an excellent job of rationally explaining the science fiction elements of his story as well as doing a great job developing and describing the undersea world explored by the Nautilus. I really liked the explanation of the electric bullets and the wide variety of foods all harvested from the sea (the nicotine seaweed used in cigars was really cool).

As interesting as those elements were, the most interesting and compelling part of the novel was
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Marvin
Jul 29, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another book on my quest to rediscover the childhood joys of reading Jules Verne and to hopefully find some adult insights that were hidden from me as a child.

I think I may have loved it a little less as an adult but it is still a marvelous adventure travelogue. As a child, Jules Verne's colorful descriptions of undersea wonders opened my eyes and mind. Now I still think they are amazing but I see it as a 18th century costume adventure. Unlike a lot of readers, I found Verne's listings quite mar
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11811 (Eleven)
I can only imagine how awesome this was after the invention of the first submarine. I wish I had read it back then but I'm not quite that old.
خالد العشرى
أيام تخبية القصص وسط كتب المذاكرة :)
Sarah Anne
This was yet another book that was not what I expected. I expected a dry but interesting story that takes place on a sub. What this story is is one of the most vividly fantastical speculative stories I've ever read in my life. It had lush descriptions of the flora and fauna that really made you feel like you were there. The series, I believe, is called Extraordinary Voyages and the name couldn't be more apt. From underwater "hunts" to going underneath the ice to reach the south pole this book ju ...more
Adam Crossley
Oct 12, 2014 Adam Crossley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
这本书是一个很好的办法如果要学习海底的名词。故事是这样:有一个教授是在海上找一个海怪。但是他们找不到海怪,不管找到一个先进的潜水艇。教授跟两个朋友们是在潜水艇俘虏。但是不是普通的监狱。他们穿过世界也看过很多海里的耀眼的东西。

这个故事比较简单。我可以明白全部但是有一些是很难明白因为描述那么多雨和海植物的名词。

我觉得有的时候这故事的倾轧是太简单。每个景象他们去过叙述的教授是非常惊讶还那个潜水艇的船长会做的很特别的行为。这个节奏有点重复性。

我是一个住在上海的美国人。我过了4个月看完了。每长课我用一个小时结束。所以我结束很开心。

我觉得如果你是在学习中文也要一个不太难明白的故事可以试一试这个书。

This book was a helpful step in my Chinese learning process. It is filled with vocabulary related to the ocean and sailing. In the story and professor joins a sea expedition searching for mysterious monst
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Crystal Starr Light
Professor Pierre Arronax and his assistant, Conseil, join the crew of the Abraham Lincoln to chase down this strange ocean mammal that has been destroying ships. The duo, along with harpooner Ned Land, end up overboard and rescued by what is revealed to be a submarine, not a mammal. This submarine is captained by Nemo, a mysterious man who has eschewed the land in preference to roaming the open seas. Nemo takes the trio twenty thousand leagues across the seas - from the Pacific to the Indian to ...more
Ahmed
Nov 17, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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النيوتيليوس كما تخيلها جول فيرن


جول فيرن فعلا رائد الخيال العلمى
لأنه برغم ان الرواية نشرت منذ 150 عاما تقريبا
إلا أنها مازالت مشوقة وممتعة وبها العديد من المعلومات التى ثبت صحتها فيما بعد

و يا ريت كانت النيوتيليوس حقيقية و يتمكن البشر من زيارتها وقضاء بعض الوقت فيها و في مكتبتها المذهلة

لم تعجبني شخصية البروفيسور أروناكس فهو يفضل أن يظل في الغواصة لإستكمال أبحاثة العلمية وفضلت عليه نيدلاند الصياد لأنه يسعى للهرب والوصول لحريته بأي ثمن


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Nolēmu nedaudz paātrināt “Piedzīvojumi. Fantastikas. Ceļojumi.” sērijas lasīšanu, tādēļ pieķēros kādai no atlikušajām Žila Verna grāmatām. Nav jau tā, ka viņas visas mūsdienās būtu pār žogu metamas. Šo es esmu pārlasījis neskaitāmas reizes, pēdējā bija pirms gadiem divdesmit. Klusībā cerēju, ka ar šo nebūs tik slikti, un kāda no bērnu dienās mīļajām grāmatām beidzot izrādīsies laba arī pieaugušam lasītājam.

1867. gadā uz jūrām noritēja brīnumainas lietas. Daudzi kuģi ziņoja par neparastu nezvēru,
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870), and "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of spa
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