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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  43 reviews

Professor Pierre Aronnax is part of a team sent to investigate reports of a sea monster�suspected to be a narwhal�off the coast of New York. They soon discover that the monster is in fact a submarine called the Nautilus, headed by Captain Nemo, an enigmatic man who has withdrawn from the world. When Arronnax and his team are taken prisoner by Nemo, the Nautilus heads into

Hardcover, Abridged, 48 pages
Published July 1993 by Unicorn
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Carlos West It depends on where you want the answer to come from. If from the book itself, I believe the answer is India. But if you had been able to ask Jules…moreIt depends on where you want the answer to come from. If from the book itself, I believe the answer is India. But if you had been able to ask Jules Verne himself, he would have said Poland. This was in his original story line but he was told to change it. So the public got one country, but it wasn't the one intended!(less)

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G.R. Reader
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Like visiting the fish counter together with a guy who's off his medication. But Mom says I loved it when I was six.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is hyped as a must-read book. Even considering all that has come after, it doesn't seem to be. It was boring and, fortunately, wasn't so long that I wasn't able to finish it. None of the characters seem to have any depth. The plot doesn't seem to exist: the whole of the books eems to be the narrator's assumptions of what is possible with technology being challenged by Captain Nemo. Perhaps it is a product of its time, when science and engineering had started to accelerate with culture and a ...more
Jack Douse
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This version Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas is a shortened copy of the original Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.

Professor Pierre Aronnax is sent out to the Atlantic Ocean to investigate and potentially kill an unknown monster suspected to be a large whale. His ship is punctured after hit by the unknown monster. During the commotion of the attack, he falls overboard. His assistant, Conseil, who follows him wherever he goes, Professor Arnnax, and Ned, a sailor find themselves floa
Alex Reborn
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Being the first book of this kind that I read, I have to admit that I did not have any kind of expectation. It was simply curiosity which made me read my first Jules Verne novel and now I can tell for sure, it will not be the last.

Putting aside all the descriptions about the creatures of the deep oceans' world, I preferred to focus on the story and on the adventure. Firstly, it was easily imaginable to find myself inside the Nautilus, living each chapter along with the characters. The sea world
Rowan Lane
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This book blew me away.

It's just so amazing. It's like a visual adventure on par with James Cameron's Avatar, but with a good plot line you can remember.

The vibrant images the author summons and creates to describe this bizarre Beauty and the Beast underwater adventure are astounding. Furthermore Verne's use of scientific terminology and theory wrapped me up in the adventure of science fiction as well as enveloped me in the excitement of scientific discovery that the late 19th cen
Matt Berning
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is widely perceived as a classic. In reading the work by Jules Verne, I would have to agree. As Professor Aronnax and his servant Conseil, along with harpooner Ned Land, partake in a journey with U.S. Navy vessels to rid the sea of a "monster" that was terrorizing ships, Arronax, Conseil, and Land are thrown overboard and come aboard the Nautilus, as guests of Captain Nemo. They explore the seas of the world and see things never seen by man. They visit the S ...more
P.S. Winn
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book many years ago and as I sat down to read it again, I was reminded of what an amazing man author Jules Verne truly was and a visionary. At the time he wrote this book it was definitely science fiction and a lot of what he wrote is now science fact. This is a great adventure not to be missed as readers head into the depths of the ocean on a fantastic journey. This classic and this author's many others should be read and enjoyed by all.
Brooke Hargett
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
There were things about this book that I enjoyed, but ultimately it didn't resonate with me like I was hoping. I read it for my book club and definitely appreciated it more after our discussion. I'm glad to have read another classic though!
Becky Holtan-Brohn
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked it. Very scientific and so wondrously descriptive. I felt and saw what Professor Aronnax described. Glad I finally got around to it. Probably better because it was an audio book:)
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Bhumi Devi Dasi
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Jules Verne, although I find his writing very simple.
Mark McTague
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Back when imagination still ruled.
Oct 26, 2016 added it
Of its time. An undoubted classic when that is considered but has not aged well.
Kike Rojas
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
So far this is the book that I've liked the least from Verne and it is not that is bad but just that it's so full of details of the underwater situations and specimens experienced and encountered by the profesor Annorax during his voyage that somehow I feel it hinders the plot. However I might be a little biased here since I like the sea but don't love it like others.
Being as hard as it was for me keep on reading I found myself let down by the ending which leaves too many thing unresolved and fe
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought it was a tough read. It wasn't without its moments, but I had to slog through it.

The book's biggest fault is its lengthy cataloguing of various flora and fauna that Arronax, the main character, discovers aboard the Nautillus. You could easily cut out 1/4 of the book's length, with all its biological references and the book would be greatly improved. The book reads a little bit like a National Geographic documentary: they travel to a given place, Arronax observes a bunch of animals and
Andrea Ika
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
When a huge and glowing sea monster attacks and wrecks several ships, French professor Arronax joins a US mission to hunt for the mysterious beast. The professor soon finds himself aboard the submarine 'Nautilus' and a "guest" of Captain Nemo who is intent on exploring the ocean depths.
The French title of this novel is Vingt mille lieues sous les mers. This is accurately translated as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the SEAS - rather than the SEA, as with many English editions. Verne's novel featu
Oliver Trevor
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It wasn't so much the amazing (for the 19th century, anyways) science and technology in this book that I liked as the well-constructed character of Captain Nemo. On my first reading of this book, I was greatly interested in all the 'cutting-edge,' 19th century technology: the diving-suits, the submarine (The Nautilus, the Leyden-jar bullets which wouldn't actually work (these taser-like devices would short out electrically underwater), the electric lamps, the electric motor, and the submarine's ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It didn't "walk the dog for me" as a friend of my brother's used to say, but I enjoyed it. The best part about reading classics written in the 19th century is that it really wasn't that long ago. The writing style is similar to today, and you'll find some of the same themes of wonder, adventure, romance, and so on, which makes the characters easier to relate to than some older books. "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" is a story of wonder. You share the sense of exploring ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. Very technical with the sea creatures and the technology of the boat. Jules Verne is one of the first science fiction writers but it was so boring.
Nemo, captain of the Nautalis, was a wealthy man who didn't like the B.S. of life. So he shuns mankind and lives his life under the sea. The ship does not go unnoticed, however. People thought is was some kind of animal. So a professor from France, his servant, and a Canadian harpooner Ned Lander, fall of a ship in search for
Al Philipson
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
"OMG! This is a classic. How can you only give it two stars?"

Because it bored me to tears. It's basically a biological travelogue where the main character talks about all the various fish and other sea critters he sees. If you're an oceanographer or biologist, it should be fascinating reading. But if you classify undersea critters as "whales, dolphins, fish, kelp, cephalopods, anemones, and crustaceans", then you're going to fall asleep reading this -- just like I did.

Yes, there were a few inter
Emma Chorley
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to read TTLUTS because of its status as a classic; while the writing is clever and it's truly brilliant imagining the technology as it's described by Verne and not how we know it to be today, the book is slightly lacking.
The ending seemed rushed almost, in my opinion, having waited throughout for just a glimpse of more information into the secret life of Captain Nemo I was really rather disappointed with the ending.
Worth reading? Yes - if you have nothing else to read currently. It's a
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a modern day reader, the book is most likely to be a snoozefest. I know it was for me at times and I was aware I had to read it as 19th century science fiction. As that, it's pretty awesome - the things Verne was able to imagine and predict (especially those he predicted correctly) must have been incredible to his contemporaries. Makes me wonder if the things he described inspired people into inventing them. If you read the book with the time period it was written in mind, it does get a whol ...more
Quintez Dennis
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4
This book was very informational. It was a book mostly about specimens and ships. This is also about 3 crew member that were captured and are held captive in a submarine. They weren't harmed in any way, but really are trying to get off the ship by going with the captains order. They see that the captain likes spear fishing, specimens, and the antiques of his ship which looks likes a big cigar.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I expected it to be really great considering it is a book that many people said 'defines their childhood' or introduces them to 'a life of adventure'. Maybe it's just me. I expected it to be really grand and finely crafted, and while the idea is there I don't see it being explored in a way that is life changing for me.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this. It's as much a mystery as an adventure story, and Verne combines the two elements wonderfully. The political and social commentary is subtle and appropriate, never reaching the level of preaching, which is certainly welcome. An all-around excellent novel.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a book by Jules Verne, which would grant me to write “enough said”, it is a classic of classics! Verne is a genius for the ages and “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas” is in my humble opinion his best work. I absolutely love and am obsessed with Captain Nemo :)
Dylan Nam
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gigantic submarine, Journey through entire ocean, battle with American navy. I am a fan of adventure, scientific fiction so I enjoyed reading this kind of stuff but it can possibly be boring to someone who doesn't like fantasy.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Cannot say I am enjoying it. Amazing glimpse into the future but seems like no plot and characters are just not interesting.
Jill Simmons
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Captain Nemo sailed the world in his ship, the Nautilus. They sail for 10 months ....

Nemo is a frequent crossword puzzle answer. :)
Jefferson Holbrook
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
forgot how technical and detail-oriented this was when i read it first as a kid
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