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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Illustrated Classic Editions)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,032 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading.
-- Over 100 illustrations in each book
Paperback, Illustrated Classic Editions, 4507, 239 pages
Published 1977 by Moby Books/Playmore, Inc./I. Waldman & Sons, Inc.
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Mar 19, 2009 Chance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent read.

Starts out as a sort of mystery story, but evolves into more character-centric story.

The downsides:
- The incessant scientific descriptions of the fauna. I mean seriously, telling me a fish's full scientific classification doesn't really do anything for me.

- Pacing is a bit weird.

- Ending felt abrupt and didn't really add to the story. It felt like Verne just got tired of writing and quickly thew together a "conclusion".

- The book's protagonist is easily the second most boring
Oct 05, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia Brumfield
What is there not to say about a Jules Verne book? The guy has a wonderful imagination and yet he does a great job in balancing out his stories so it doesn't lean too much into disbelief that the reader is just lost in the sci-fi aspect of it. In this particular case the ballast on this particular book are the "marine" facts that are provided by the protagonist.

Like most of the older books that are considered there isn't much build-up of the characters, especially when it comes to the secondar
Angel Sandoval
May 13, 2016 Angel Sandoval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about sorta about pirates and the first submarine. I liked the book because I like the classics. I would recommend this book to Edgar and Seth because they like reading books.
Jul 05, 2008 Aj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!! I loved this book.
Diego Valenzuela
This book is about three men that get captured by captain Nemo, they did most things in the sea but the men were planning to escape sooner than later. This book was amazing because of the part where they were inside Captian Nemo's submarine. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in captain Nemo
Melissa Mahle
The hallmark of a classic story is to be able to enchant readers across generations. Verne has certainly achieved this with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I never read this book as a child (or even saw any of the movies). I suspect I would have found the vocabulary too difficult, especially the names of all the marine life. The characters are all so very interesting. I particularly am inspired by Conseil, the role he plays as Aronnax's sidekick...respectful, helpful, but a lot too him beyond that ...more
Michael Minniti
Feb 28, 2016 Michael Minniti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Book Review

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an incredible and classic novel about the adventure 3 people embark on. When they are cast into the sea, they are rescued by the Nautilus, a submarine mistaken for a horrific monster. Aboard this beautiful machine, they come to find out they will not be allowed to leave, for fear they will tell the outside world of the submarines existence. They partake in the adventure of a lifetime with the Nautilus' crew, alongside its c
Devin Dorough
I thought 20,000 leagues under the sea was a great book. It had adventure, and action. This book is good for any ages and is great if you love the sea. This isn't only a great book, its got good facts about the ocean and places around the world.

20,000 leagues under the sea is about these three men that are on a sea voyage to find a sea monster that everyone is talking about. One day in a terrible storm they find it and shoot cannons at it. Suprisingly The cannons bounce off it then the monster f
Anthony Gomez
May 20, 2014 Anthony Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about these three man that are on a mission to kill this unknown creature. Then a incident that the men go over bored. They get saved by a mysterious person. Now the three men decides to stay with him and now they go on the best adventure of their life.
Madelyn Allovio
Jan 21, 2015 Madelyn Allovio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World renowned oceanographer, Pierre Aronnax, is brought aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln to help track down a colossal sea monster attacking ships around the world. After months of not even one sighting, the monster is spotted. Harpooner Ned Land attempts to harpoon the creature, believed to be a giant narwhal. The gigantic monster attacks the boat knocking off Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and Ned Land. The men are on top of a metal “island” (the “sea monster”), when a hatch opens; they are tak ...more
Mar 22, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Professor Aronnax and two companions who, in search of a giant ship-wrecking narwhal, find instead the Nautilus, a futuristic submarine. Its strange captain, last name Nemo, takes them on board and holds them prisoner. For the rest of the novel, the main characters witness the beauty and danger of the undersea world.

It’s easy for a twenty-first century reader to make fun of this 19th century wonder-story.

First, the characterization is paper thin. Professor Aronnax, the pro
"Is it monkeys?" cried Ned Land.
"Almost," replied Conseil; "it's savages."
-- page 168

"Within the phylum of zoophytes and the class of Alcyonaria, there is the order of Gorgonaria which contains the three divisions of Gorgoniae, Isidae and Coralliae."
-- page 193

Part textbook, part 19th century imperialistic propaganda. But a really good adventure story. This book could not be written today. But it is still a great read and gives the reader an interesting historical perspective on the attitudes to
Good Read, But Sometimes Dry: I thought that the book had one of the best plot lines I've ever seen, reguardless of the fact that there is only slight building up to the climax. The only thing that I didn't think was that good about the book was that about every other page, Jules Verne would go into a paragraph description of the animals. For example, he would say something like: I just saw a tuna. But not the normal tuna, it was yellow-bellied, had dorsal fins that went at a downward angle, etc ...more
Andrew Park
Jan 11, 2016 Andrew Park rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jules Vernes' writing charms me, and this representation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is very enchanting. The story revolves around Professor Aronnax, and his journey on the Nautilus, a submarine very high tech for its time, for 20,000 leagues. This book is a shocker (in a good context) in more than one way. The plot shocks the reader, the characters with their personalities, the equipment, the places, everything shocked me. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is in an unique "League" of its own!
Wenhao Fan
Aug 02, 2015 Wenhao Fan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the story seemed to be like the plot of a fantasy story, the magician (the scientist, Monsieur Arronax), and his student (Conseil) set out on a voyage to defeat a fearsome monster, together with the was the great warrior(the hapooner, Ned Land), the general, and his crew. During their battle eith the monster, the magician, his student and the warrior were separated form the crew, and this is the point where the story became unique. The monster was actually a submarine built by a ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy! What an adventure this was! This was my first time reading a version of the great classic and I was truly satisfied! I just wanted to jump into the book and experience the beauty and amazement of Captain Nemo’s adventures under the sea. Plus, I've learned some interesting stuff here and there. I give this a 5 out of 5 stars for giving me such a fast paced and fun thrill.
Kyle Hengesbach
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne describes what a futuristic submarine is like, years before it was made. The story of this book is about a scientist who boards the Nautilus with two of his workers and they journey around the world. During their trip though, they discover a dark secret about the captain. Find out what happens by reading the book.
Jan 11, 2015 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, french-lit
Somewhere in the back of my mind was this idea I didn't like Jules Verne...but this is only the second book I've read, and a few chapters in, I was loving it. He writes so real. I loved the bit at the beginning about atmospheric pressure per square inch of the body, how the relationship is exponential, how and why you're not aware of it, and how the compounding of it beneath the pressure of the water. Science is intoxicating when I know I won't be tested on it or need to prove application! It di ...more
Spencer Duffin
Nov 09, 2015 Spencer Duffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like all books, I loved it. It was pretty straight forward and easy. But while on a trip, my parents checked out the movie from the library, and it DID NOT fit the story line at all! But this is about the book, and I would highly recommend it.
My book lists Verne as the author, but then I found out it isn't the original version. Not sure how to rate it. my kids would be able to read it, so I'm glad I picked it for them. Ending felt rushed and incomplete. meh.
Sep 25, 2015 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
Read it in less than 4 hours and ready to watch the movie. ((Update: I didn't like the movie because in my opinion it wasn't as good as what I read in the book. I still enjoyed the book!))
Colin R.
Oct 04, 2010 Colin R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues under the sea is a great adventure novel. This book written by Jules Verne was a fascinating way to learn about the under water submarines. this story was a great one filled with energy adventure and even a little bit of mystery. This book takes you through the depths of the ocean like no other book has ever done. This book is a great classic read. The characters in this novel are amazingly put together and are all so different. The plot
Miley the Book Junkie Reads . . .
Reading this unabridged version prompted me to go and read the full version. There was adventure in every chapter.
Mar 13, 2015 Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good book. It was about a French Scientist named Professor Aronnax and his two friends, Ned and Conseil. They saw a weird looking submarine, then it attacked their boat. They were captured by Captain Nemo, and put into his submarine. Captain Nemo explained that they could never escape, because they've seen too much. The 3 friends decided to come along with Captain Nemo, which is all they could really do, and go on a 20,000 league journey. They go oyster diving, they f ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My students enjoyed listening to this story and were very attentive.
Jun 23, 2015 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joshua
"It's a good book because after the whole book they got to safety." -Joshua
Jul 15, 2012 Tawni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is split into two parts.

The first is extremely detailed in explanation of classes of species and description of the Nautilus and how it works. I often found myself bored and disinterested. The facinating part of it though is that considering when it was written and the fact that submarines were not really used the detail is amazing.

The second part is descriptive but adventurous as well. The details and emotions of different scenes and situations they are in really pull you in.
Jul 02, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kids and I finished reading this book aloud. They really enjoyed it even though it was a simplified version of the story.
Ben Burkey
Feb 09, 2011 Ben Burkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 5th grade, I remember becoming a huge fan of the Great Illustrated Classic books. The first one I read was 2,000 Leagues Under the Sea and after that I was hooked. What I liked about this book was the topic. The extreme conditions and creatures they face. The reason why I liked that so much was because it seemed to scary and unbelievable which made me keep on reading. The ocean has always sparked to my interest which is why I enjoyed this book so much.
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