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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other Classic Novels

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Writing in France in the nineteenth century, Jules Verne captured his era's fascination with adventure and exploration in a series of novels he referred to as his Voyages extraordinaries. This book collects six of Verne's best-known novels that extrapolate developing technology and scientific inquisitiveness into rousing adventures.

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Published 2012 by Fall River Press
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May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is justifiably a classic. For science fiction written in 1870, it retains a remarkable freshness and Verne created a very compelling character in Captain Nemo. Verne was well-acquainted with the science of his day and it shows in his work; it's a lot stronger on science than most modern science fiction is. Some of the concepts, of course, are a bit less amazing than they were when the book was written, since things like submarines and electric power are now realities. There is also mor ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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French marine biologist Pierre Arannax, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpooner Ned Land all get thrown overboard during an ocean expedition and are picked up by an ultra-fast, massive deepwater submarine. The submarine is owned by reclusive billionaire Captain Nemo, who offers the confused trio the opportunity to travel the world in his luxurious submarine, though they will need to leave society and their lives behind. With seemingly no other choice, they accept the deal. While Pierre thoro ...more
Mattia Ravasi
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Featured in my Top 5 Jules Verne Novels:

Hands down the best adventure story of the 19th Century, better than The House on the Borderland, better than Gordon Pym, better than Conan Doyle's stuff. (HG Wells doesn't count as 19th C, come on).
Will Brown
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was really looking forward to taking a deep dive into the work of Jules Verne, but I don't think I'll touch another book of his because this was such a chore to read. Once the main cast joins up with Nemo, the book ditches the idea of having an over-arching plot for just going on crazy trips around the ocean. And you know what? That's fine. I'm cool with reading a simple adventure story and 20k has some pretty cool locations/settings. Unfortunately 20,000 Leagues is a science-fiction book from ...more
Macayla Fryc
The more I read of Jules Verne, the more I enjoy his writing. There are few reasons for that.

1) Each book mentally transports me to Disney World, waiting in line for the Journey to the Center of the Earth or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea rides. Disney brilliantly creates the world around you so you forget you're waiting in line for 2 hours for a 4 minute ride. As you stand in line, there's no end of things to discover, as you're immersed in an animatronic science experiment. Beakers are boiling,
Jim Sibigtroth
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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Though more famous than the other two novels in this series (In Search of the Castaways, 20,000 Leagues..., and The Mysterious Island), I didn't enjoy it as much as In Search of the Castaways. There were too many long detailed and rather dry descriptions of obscure undersea flora and fauna, and specific locations (latitude and longitude)/speed/depth to suit me. Some facts were incorrect because they were not known at the time the book was writt
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I believe I may have found a new favorite author from the 19th century! Scooch over Melville and make a spot for our friend, Jules Verne. 20,000 Leagues ticked so many boxes for what it takes to draw a SFF reader in and keep them engaged for 8+hours of reading:

-A mystery
-Distinct and fun characters
-A world of wonder and awesome discoveries
-Jam-packed plot progression and spot-on pacing

Verne has such a distinct way of writing that brings this 19th century story to the 21st century while
Kevin Zhao
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Published in 1870 by French author Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starts out with a hooking tale about a mysterious "sea monster" roaming throughout the seas and crashing into ships. As the story unfolds three men are confined into a submarine with apparently no other option of escape. Here, character arcs are massively developed due to the minimal amount of characters. There is a connection I can infer from this book to one of the other classics I am reading: "To Kill A Mockingbird." ...more
Autumn Beck
I loved this as a family read-aloud!
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
To me, Jules Verne's is one of the godfathers of science fiction and fantasy. Oddly though, I'd never read 20,000 Leagues. Having watched the Disney movie over Christmas, I thought I should move it to the top of my reading list. The detail and thought that went into the book is amazing. My only complaint is with the plot. It kind of doesn't have one. It's more like journal of a scientific expedition. Much like Ned Land's harpoon, it needed a sharpened point to give it a narrative edge. ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other Classic Novels BOOK REVIEW.

I have to admit that I thought this book was a non-fiction book, but when I searched it up on Wikipedia, I found out that it was a science fiction book written in 1870. I initially thought it would be those "classic" books that are boring, but it turned out to be pretty good. I thought it was non-fiction because they kept on listing facts and information and because the storyline seems believable and realistic.

I like how the autho
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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While searching for the tremendous black whale that is sinking ships, the main character and his faithful servant are swept overboard and picked up by Captain Nemo of the Nautilus. The two men along with the ship's harpooner, find themselves trapped in the Nautilus, unable to leave because Nemo has forsaken all mankind. To keep himself and his extraordinary ship a secret, no one, once aboard can ever leave. This is the story of adventures all around the globe and under the sea.

This was a great
Feb 01, 2021 added it
Wow! This is a very interesting book. Inside, a professor, his servant, and a cool Canadian dude gets trapped in a 'narwhal' and finds out that this is actually an extraordinary ship called the Nautilius. The captain of the ship is called Captain Nemo. Together, they discover the marvels of the seas and the works of the ship. They travel to islands and bring treasures. However, they want to escape back onto land –– with the treasures...... and they have to find a way.
This book used amazing vocab
Prabhat  sharma
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
Jules Verne’s Books – Chapters of the author’s books are part to English sujbect School syllabus/ curriculum in Indian schools. Thus, as children we are charmed by the details of adventures of Jules Vern’s characters. For this reason, I have read all 5 of his popular books whose details are enumerated below. (4) Twenty thousand leagues under the sea- by Jules Verne- (1) Five weeks in a balloon (2) Journey to the center of the earth -(3) From the earth to the moon --
Round the moon -- (4) Twenty
Audrey Till
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's a reason Jules Verne is considered one of the greats. This collection of his stories proves why. I originally purchased this so I could re-read 20,000 leagues under the sea, which I had not read since I was a child and quite frankly I think I remember finding it really boring when I was a kid.

However, being able to read it now, knowing what I know I found it incredibly captivating, especially when I put it into the context of it's time. I believe, originally that the novel came out in a
William Graham
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three Stockholm-Syndrome-afflicted kidnapping victims come to their senses and plot to escape the clutches of a murderous underwater terrorist.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
If I had read this book at the time of publishing, then I probably would have rated it a five. But, I was born about 150 years later. I liked the adventure and plot idea of this book. But, my dissatisfaction with the ending bumps down a few stars. Conseil must have been one of the most irritating, yet unique characters in this book. It bothered me how much of a servant he acted towards Pierre Aronnax. I found it comical when he was giving the extra oxygen to Aronnax just so that his master could ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cool sci-fi story that gets a bit boring in the middle, when Verne geeks out on nautical mapping and marine biology. Liked it way more than I expected to.
Brandon O'Neill
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Not sure why this took me so long, especially as a re-read. Not as good as I remembered, actually, but I did enjoy it. Very imaginative and a pretty well-paced, fast read, especially for the time in which it was written.
Jake Davis
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Held up really well for a book thats over 100 years old. I think the author even predicted a few things before his time. Very well done albeit really science heavy. But an interesting adventure
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Def worthy of being a classic.
The style is great and the imagination for the time, or even now, is amazing.
J. Jones
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating journey through all the earth's oceans. The narrative is mediocre, but the genius of Jules Verne was telling the world everything that was known by the sea in 1870, in a story form rather than an encyclopedia. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I feel like if I'd been born in the late 1800s, Jules Verne woulda been my JAM. ...more
Romeo Stevenson
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
best of the best
Misty Krueger
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
The beginning and end are really interesting. The middle is slow. Glad to have read this classic, though!
Hina Majeed
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was so much fun to read and one of my favourites as part of the University syllabus
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This (along with almost everything Verne wrote) is considered one of the cornerstones of science fiction. It recounts the voyages of Arranax aboard the submarine Nautilus, captained by Captain Nemo, who is enthusiastic and probably insane. He is like a more fun version of Captain Ahab. The novel is aware of its Moby Dick parallels, and plays right along.

It really is a novel of picaresque adventure more than a sweeping epic. The characters bounce from one wild encounter to another, and the fun i
Lisa Cook
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will start with review with an asterisk - I only read three of the total six novels contained in this collection: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Two were great, one was not (or it could just be that one is not designed to handle too much Jules Verne in one sitting...).

I'll start with the downer first. Journey to the Center of the Earth felt much, much longer than it actually was. While the narration for the other two works
Mikayla Bond
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars

In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax and his assistant Conseil, stranded by reports of a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean, are invited to join an expedition to search for the creature. During the search, they and harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard during an attack, eventually discovering that the supposed monster is actually a submarine piloted by the brilliant but haunted Captain Nemo.

I listened to this book on audiobook. I've wanted to read this boo
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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

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“You love the sea, don’t you, Captain?”“Yes, I love it! The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert where a man is never alone, for he can feel life quivering all about him. The sea is only a receptacle for all the prodigious, supernatural things that exist inside it; it is only movement and love; it is the living infinite, as one of your poets has said. And in fact, Professor, it contains the three kingdoms of nature—mineral, vegetable and animal. This last is well represented by the four groups of zoophytes, by the three classes of articulata, by the five classes of mollusks, by three classes of vertebrates, mammals and reptiles, and those innumerable legions of fish, that infinite order of animals which includes more than thirteen thousand species, only one-tenth of which live in fresh water. The sea is a vast reservoir of nature. The world, so to speak, began with the sea, and who knows but that it will also end in the sea! There lies supreme tranquillity. The sea does not belong to tyrants. On its surface, they can still exercise their iniquitous rights, fighting, destroying one another and indulging in their other earthly horrors. But thirty feet below its surface their power ceases, their influence dies out and their domination disappears! Ah, Monsieur, one must live—live within the ocean! Only there can one be independent! Only there do I have no master! There I am free!” 0 likes
“While I was dreaming about all this and trying to fix in my memory all the details of this grandiose landscape, Captain Nemo was leaning on a mossy slab of stone without moving, and as if petrified in mute ecstasy. Was he thinking of those generations long since dead and asking them the secret of human destiny? Was it here that this strange man came to steep himself in history and relive the life of ancient times, he who would have nothing to do with the world around him? How much I would have given to know his thoughts, to share and understand them!” 0 likes
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