20,000 Leagues Under the Sea eBook

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by Jules Verne

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Jules Verne gives us the classic tale of undersea adventure aboard the Nautilus. When a sea monster begins attacking ships, the world unites to find and destroy the unknown creature. Monsieur Aronnax joins the fight and is tossed from his boat to find himself aboard an amazing vessel. Aronnax's underwater adventures walking on the ocean floor, pearl diving, and exploring with Captain Nemo has been adapted for young readers in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-8.

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ISBN-13: 9781616415099
Publisher: ABDO Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Calico Illustrated Classics Set 3 eBook
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

Narrator Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded more than 350 audiobooks including novels by Clive Cussler and Tom Glancy. He recently was named one of Smart Money's Top Ten Golden Voices.

Jules Verne (1828-1905) used a combination of scientific facts and his imagination to take readers on extraordinary imaginative journeys to fantastic places. In such books as " Around the World in Eighty Days, From the Earth to the Moon, " and " Journey to the Center of the Earth, " he predicted many technological advances of the twentieth century, including the invention of the automobile, telephone, and nuclear submarines, as well as atomic power and travel to the moon by rocket.

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France


Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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Chapter One

A Shifting Reef

The year 1866 was marked by a strange event, an unexplainable occurrence which is undoubtedly still fresh in everyone's memory. Those living in coastal towns or in the interior of continents were aroused by all sorts of rumors; but it was seafaring people who were particularly excited. Merchants, shipowners, skippers and masters of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries and the various governments of both continents were deeply concerned over the matter.

Several ships had recently met at sea “an enormous thing,” a long slender object which was sometimes phosphorescent and which was infinitely larger and faster than a whale.

The facts concerning this apparition, entered in various logbooks, agreed closely with one another as to the structure of the object or creature in question, the incredible speed of its movements, the surprising power of its locomotion and the strange life with which it seemed endowed. If it was a member of the whale family, it was larger than any so far classified by scientists. Neither Cuvier, Lacépède, Dumeril nor Quatrefages would have admitted that such a monster could exist--unless they had seen it with their own scientists' eyes.

Taking an average of observations made at different times'and rejecting those timid evaluations which said the object was only two hundred feet long, and also putting aside those exaggerated opinions which said it was a mile wide and three miles long'one could nevertheless conclude that this phenomenal creature was considerably larger than anything at that time recognized by ichthyologists'if it existed at all.

But it didexist--there was no denying this fact any longer--and considering the natural inclination of the human brain toward objects of wonder, one can understand the excitement produced throughout the world by this supernatural apparition. In any case, the idea of putting it into the realm of fiction had to be abandoned.

On July 20, 1866, the steamer Governor Higginson of the Calcutta and Burnach Steam Navigation Company had encountered this moving mass five miles east of the Australian coast. Captain Baker first thought he had sighted an unknown reef; he was even getting ready to plot its exact position when two columns of water spurted out of the inexplicable object and rose with a loud whistling noise to a height of a hundred and fifty feet. So, unless the reef contained a geyser, the Governor Higginson was quite simply in the presence of an unknown aquatic mammal, spurting columns of water mixed with air and vapor out of its blowholes.

A similar thing was observed on July 23 of the same year in Pacific waters, by the Christopher Columbus of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company. This extraordinary creature could therefore move from one place to another with surprising speed, since within a space of only three days, the Governor Higginson and the Christopher Columbus had sighted it at two points on the globe separated by more than 2100 nautical miles.

Two weeks later and six thousand miles from this last spot, the Helvetia of the Compagnie Nationale and the Shannon of the Royal Mail Steamship Company, passing on opposite courses in that part of the Atlantic lying between the United States and Europe, signaled one another that they had sighted the monster at 42° 15' N. Lat. and 60° 35' W. Long. In this simultaneous observation they felt able to judge the creature's minimum length at more than 350 feet, since it was larger than both ships each of which measured 330 feet over-all. But the largest whales, the Kulammak and Umgullick that live in the waters around the Aleutian Islands, never exceed 180 feet in length, if that much.

These reports arriving one after the other, with fresh observations made on board the liner Le Pereire, a collision between the Etna of the Inman Line and the monster, an official report drawn up by the officers of the French frigate Normandie, and a very reliable sighting made by Commodore Fitz-James' staff on board the Lord Clyde, greatly stirred public opinion. In lighthearted countries, people made jokes about it, but in serious practical-minded countries, such as England, America and Germany, it was a matter of grave concern.

In every big city the monster became the fashion: it was sung in cafés, derided in newspapers and discussed on the stage. Scandal sheets had a marvelous opportunity to print all kinds of wild stories. Even ordinary newspapers--always short of copy--printed articles about every huge, imaginary monster one could think of, from the white whale, the terrible “Moby Dick” of the far north, to the legendary Norse kraken whose tentacles could entwine a five-hundred-ton ship and drag it to the bottom. Reports of ancient times were mentioned, the opinions of Aristotle and Pliny who admitted to the existence of such monsters, along with those of the Norwegian bishop, Pontoppidan, Paul Heggede and finally Mr. Harrington, whose good faith no one can question when he claims to have seen, while on board the Castillan in 1857, that enormous serpent which until then had been seen in no waters but those of the old Paris newspaper, the Constitutionnel.

It was then that in scientific societies and journals an interminable argument broke out between those who believed in the monster and those who did not. The “question of the monster” had everyone aroused. Newspapermen, who always pretend to be on the side of scientists and against those who live by their imagination, spilled gallons of ink during this memorable campaign; and some even spilled two or three drops of blood, after arguments that had started over sea serpents and ended in the most violent personal insults.

For six months this war was waged with varying fortune. Serious, weighty articles were published by the Brazilian Geographical Institute, the Royal Scientific Academy of Berlin, the British Association and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington; others appeared in the Indian Archipelago, in Abbé Moigno's Cosmos, in Petermann's Mittheilungen and in the science sections of all the important newspapers of France and other countries.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Copyright © by Jules Verne. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Musikdude8 More than 1 year ago
So I read this book back when I was in middle school and I just remember being absolutely fascinated by it. Jules Verne weaves a tale of adventure and danger, exploring the darkest unknown depths of the oceans in a spectacular way. I now read it at least once every year, and it continues to be my favorite book. It's perfect for long car drives, plane flights, and rainy days. It's a quick page-turner that makes it impossible to put down. Jules Verne really likes to use lots of scientific references and vocabulary, so that may take some getting used to for some readers, especially younger ones, but it's all worth, I promise.
wistuco More than 1 year ago
A Book Review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea By Roger, Grade 7, Yangon International School Imagine traveling underwater to explore the sea for an entire life without even coming back to land! Who would live in an underwater world? What might be the hidden dangers? Are there hidden mysteries? The novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, one of the most translated authors in the world, also known as “Father of Science Fiction”, is a science fiction book that contains adventures, undiscovered mysteries, and secrets to discover, from the underwater world! The story begins with a transoceanic cruise, Abraham Lincoln, tries to hunt the mysterious monster threatening many people in the sea. However, the crew is unable to discover any clue about the monster. That is until the monster bumps into the ship, causes two people to go overboard. After the monster disappeared once again, the two survivors, Professor Aronnax and Counseil, wander around the surrounding area, and discover one more survivor, Ned. Unfortunately, with minimal hope, the three survivors consider themselves dead until: they are stepping on the monster, Nautilus, the futuristic submarine. Nautilus immediately rises above the surface of the water, subjugates the survivors under the control of Captain Nemo, the person that wishes to own his own mini world. His main goal is to explore the sea, the motherland of many dangerous and harmful creatures, along with the three survivors, with the new adventure waiting for them. Verne’s development of the plot was amusing and creative. Even though the story didn’t have any critical theme, graphic and invigorating structure of the story line and the cordial usage of the sentences caused the story to became full of amazing entertainments. Verne also did a terrific job in creating a rare and unusual plot in an underwater. For the characters, Verne decided to add completely different attitudes and behaviors to each of the characters that made them unique and astonishing. As for Captain Nemo, a unique character with a strange attitude, can be both friendly and mean. Even though he wasn’t pleased being hunted at the first place, he still treated the three survivors as if they were friends. On the other side, he feared that his secret would be spread, and decided to subjugate them and never let them leave the crew. His reaction forced the survivors to make an indeterminable decision, and also left them to be bewildered. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea was mainly designed for the teenage readers and some adults that love science fiction. From scale 1 (low) to 5 (high), I rate this a four because the entire story was filled with excitements described by detailed and cordial passages. Besides, the vocabulary usages of the words were not very difficult, so it is easier for young readers to enjoy.
WildMoose More than 1 year ago
I loved this when I first read it several years ago and when I got it on my nook it was even better!!! Very entertaining. Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a teenager and when I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who truly loves well-written books. What else can I say? It's a classic. (This probably isn't for anyone who has difficulty in reading or doesn't like enigmatic [like that one] words)
Books Maxwell More than 1 year ago
Such a good book I finshed it in 3 days highly recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a classic, so don't expect any modern allusions to Twilight. Nor does it involve love affairs, severe violence, or even a school for witchcraft and wizardry. What Jules Verne does offer is a description of a fantastical world that lies below humankind all along. Sometimes explanations and imagery drag on, but it definitely isn't lacking in detail. The story is interesting and suspenseful. It may not be to your taste if you're more into easy reads, but it is especially wonderful if you're turned on to anything involving underwater life, science, or technology. In that case, this book is definitely for you. The take on man in solitude provides interest as well, giving readers a new scope of society.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is a clas­sic sci­ence fic­tion novel pub­lished in 1870. The book¿s orig­i­nal title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, the lit­eral trans­la­tion would be "Seas" which might imply the seven seas. The story is told from the view point of Pro­fes­sor Pierre Aron­nax, a famous French marine biol­o­gist. The pro­fes­sor accepts an invi­ta­tion to join an expe­di­tion to destroy a sea mon­ster who is sink­ing ships. Along for the ride come Cana­dian har­poon­ist Ned Land and Con­seil, the professor¿s servant. The expe­di­tion fails, the mon­ster sinks it and the Pro­fes­sor, Ned Land and Con­seil find them­selves at the mercy of Cap­tain Nemo, who com­mands The Nau­tilus, a sub­ma­rine the likes of which have never been seen. I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne in two lan­guages and sev­eral ver­sions. I have to say that this trans­la­tion beats them all. The book shows Verne¿s genius which is tough to trans­late, the char­ac­ters come alive on the pages and the adven­tures they go through are excit­ing. The comedic tone and even psy­chol­ogy show well in this won­der­ful translation. As in the pre­vi­ous ver­sions I have read, there are many ¿lists¿ and descrip­tions of the ocean life. I have to say that I did skimmed through the lists but read the descrip­tive parts enthu­si­as­ti­cally. With the excep­tion of intri­cate sci­en­tific names, which lend cred­i­bil­ity to this fan­tasy, I found the book absorb­ing and engross­ing. I¿m glad I read it again. While sub­marines today are com­mon place and almost any­one of can go and visit one (there are sev­eral older sub­marines which one can go on), the fan­tas­tic voy­ages and imag­i­na­tion are inspir­ing today as they were in 1870. What I love about this book is that the trans­la­tors took their time to write an excel­lent intro­duc­tion and, best of all, won­der­ful foot­notes which, as I said time and time again, make a trans­lated book into a cul­tural expe­ri­ence and raises the level of enjoy­ment by mul­ti­ple degrees. Not many peo­ple are aware, but almost a whole quar­ter of the book was lit­er­ally lost in trans­la­tion. This won­der­ful edi­tion, trans­lated by Water James Miller and Fred­er­ick Paul Wal­ter, restores those pages as well as If you ever won­dered what the big hoopla is about Jules Verne, read this ver­sion and you¿ll find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, i am 11 and i read at a college level and i read the unabridged and now it is my favorite book. I have read lord of the rings, a tale of two cities, a swiss family robinson, and countless other timeless classics.and this one is the best. Verne descibes everything in the book in such a way that you thing it is real and perfectly plausible. Despite that, their undersea adventures are encrideble adventures, making frodos quest look like a morning walk. Each chapter is filled with stunning detail and adventure. Reading the book, i could have sworn that verne was on the sumarine the entire time, and the scientific descriptions of the plants , mechanics, and life under the sea is amazing. I cannot explain the magnificience of this book fully, but if you would like the read the best piece of american literature everconcieved, read this book( unabridged) SINCERELY, I wont tell you my name cause thats weird
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a place for roleplaying! It's for reviewing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Stop being such disrespectful pricks to this piece of literature and move your RP to somewhere appropriate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just amazing i can not stand how good this is from ice to desert an underwater adventure to the worlds best storys Nobody can rate this book 1 ,2,3 and 4 stars (Only five)
Ryan32 More than 1 year ago
20000 leagues under the sea is a very good book. The story tells of action and adventure. It also tells about of a mad sea captain traped aboured a submarine with a bunch of French professors. The adventures incloode uncovering Atalantis, finding unseen tombs. And getting clues of a giant sea squid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is rare that the title of any book so aptly describes the entirety of the text inside. This book is quite literally the diary of a visitor aboard one of the all-time great mad scientists of literature, as they circumvent the globe - mostly underwater. In that the book can be painfully boring without a deeper understanding of what this book did for the general psyche of the age it as penned in. In 1869 the submarines that did exist were mere toys to the mythical phantom that Nemo had so painstakingly built. Much of the map that Verne described was foreign to every reader of the time, oceans being a matter of military concern primarily, and the joy of trying to prove or disprove the possibility of the fantastic underwater passage by tracking the progress of the Nautilus was part of the allure. The careful, rich detail of a man trapped in an underwater prison (albeit one of luxury) at the behest of the world's leading genius of the day (Nemo) holds the story together even when it seems as if the narrative slogs on mile (league) after mile (league). This is not an easy story to read. The action is infrequent and the story bears little resemblance to the Disney movie, but even so it is a divine classic. The predictions laid out by this author (who hardly could be considered an adventurer or world traveler) were more than wild speculation or mere fancy. They directly shaped the future - and that is what makes for great science fiction. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this classic over a few quiet (and preferably wet and soggy) days, with an antique globe or sea charts handy of course.
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus. The story is narrated by a Professor Aronnax, who by accident and chance becomes a part of the ships crew, along with his servant and a whaler called Ned. They travel the seas, exploring the many wonders that the oceans normally keep hidden beneath its waves. I enjoyed the book throughout, however, the beginning and the end chapters are the most interesting, having more adventure to them. Verne is a lover of scientist and he can't help going on and on about the new species of fish and plant life beneath the waves, which are a wonder to the Professor narrating, but all sort of blurs together as any long list of names and descriptions would do. It fits perfectly with the character, of course, since he would have been deeply fascinated by such things, but it's a bit tedious for the reader.
WaterMaster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but it was a little short. The character development was good.Great action scenes and yet still the characters seemed very inteligent.It seemed like anyone who could read could read this because it wasnt in old english or something like that.All in all: 8/10 fruitloops
justabookreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic science-fiction tale. How could I not love this? Maybe I should rephrase that. How could I love this? Because truthfully, I wanted to love it, but didn¿t. I didn¿t hate it. I never stopped reading but I more or less meandered through and even skimmed a few passages.Ships are reporting strange sightings of a creature in oceans across the globe. Theories abound about what this strange creature could be and it¿s Professor Aronnox, a French marine naturalist, who comes up with the best theory. He believes it¿s a huge narwhale attacking ships. He takes to sea on the Abraham Lincoln with a crew of skillful men to destroy it. The crew finds the supposed whale and sets about trying to kill it. Unfortunately, the ship is attacked and the Professor and his manservant, Conseil, are thrown overboard with the ship¿s harpooner, Ned Land. The three get picked up by the Natulis; the underwater ship that was the means of the crash and is the Professor¿s supposed narwhale. Upon meeting Captain Nemo, they¿re told they will not be allowed to leave, and with few options left to them, reluctantly, settle in for the ride. The Professor and Conseil take better to their confinement than Ned, finding the trip an amazing study in nature almost willingly enjoying the sightings and underwater expeditions. Ned, however, wants his freedom and will stop at nothing to once more set foot on dry land.There were times I felt bombarded. There are lists and lists of fish with their classifications. There are lists of grasses with their classifications. There are long paragraphs about ocean depths and temperatures. There are long paragraphs about pressurization. There are long paragraphs where nothing much happens. It was these times when I felt myself drifting off. There are redeeming parts to this story --- the underwater expeditions hunting sharks and exploration of an underwater volcano --- where I found myself fascinated but those parts didn¿t last long. Also, Captain Nemo, while a mysterious figure, is in parts slightly too mysterious for me. I know we only see him from one point of view and he¿s supposed to be this mythical person but why, even if you¿re a marine naturalist fascinated by the things you¿re seeing, would you want to stay onboard the ship of a man obviously so depressed and manic? Another problem I had was the extreme use of the exclamation point. They! Were! Everywhere! I was annoyed but then mostly it made me laugh. I stopped heeding them somewhere around chapter seven but toward the last few pages, they popped back up making me happy to see the end in sight.I thought I read this book but what I remember about this story actually came from an old movie I watched years ago. My memories of the story were movie based and I had certain expectations that weren¿t fulfilled. But that¿s all right. While the story wasn¿t what I was expecting, it was a decent read and I¿m glad I stuck it out to the very end. Exclamation points be damned!
Chissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Captain Nemo and his famous submarine,the Nautilus.They find a town on the sea floor,beautiful coasts and lots of gold.This is the ATLANTIS.I think this story is very fun,because I interested in the sea.But,last is not good I think.
keylawk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jules Verne, managed to expand dramatically from his law school education, to indulge his intense interest in technological achievements by writing some of the first "science" fiction. In 1856 he published Five Weeks in a Balloon, working with Dumas (the younger) to concoct a rattling good story with sparkling repartee. Verne proceeded to intrigue his readers with "science" applications in a new book almost every year thereafter for the next 15 years. All his books were successful, almost timeless adventures, without falling into ideological jungles. Captain Nemo, of the Nautilus, of course, was his most popular creation, although I will always be mystified why Verne never filled in the Captain's provenance or suggested his final fate.
dw0rd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the new translation which adds 25% missing from the original translation. It is well annotated with historic references and updated scientific information. Differences between published versions are given for Verne scholars but they don't interfere with the general narrative. Also, this edition's large size is good for showing the original woodcut graphics. I kept waiting for a boring stretch of reading, like I've experienced in other Verne books, but it never happened. I'm sure the annotations helped. Put your preconceptions behind and get this edition published in 1993 by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis. It is marvelous book.
Stbalbach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel was first translated into English in 1873 by Reverend Louis Page Mercier (aka "Mercier Lewis"). Mercier cut nearly a quarter of Verne's original text and introduced hundreds of translation errors, sometimes dramatically changing the meaning of Verne's original intent. Nonetheless it became the "standard" English translation for over a hundred years, while other translations continued to draw from it - and its mistakes. It was not until a ground-up re-examination of the sources and an entirely new translation by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter between 1989-1991 that many of the "sins" of Mercier were finally corrected. The Miller/Walter translation (Naval Institute Press) is fully annotated, the annotations are as enjoyable as the original text.
edecklund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the new translation which adds 25% missing from the original translation. It is well annotated with historic references and updated scientific information. Differences between published versions are given for Verne scholars but they don't interfere with the general narrative. Also, this edition's large size is good for showing the original woodcut graphics. I kept waiting for a boring stretch of reading, like I've experienced in other Verne books, but it never happened. I'm sure the annotations helped. Put your preconceptions behind and get this edition published in 1993 by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis. It is marvelous book.
gucchi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story's main character is Captain Nemo.He and his submarine find ba town on the sea.They try to escape from submarine.This story is interesting for me because I like sea.So pictures made me exciting especially.I want to look town in the sea someday.
peyopeyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book didn't have interesting points. But pictures were good,so this book wasn't the worst book for me. If the end were clear,the story would become good. It is my thought. This story's hero is Mr Aronnax,who is a French scientist. He wants to find a giant whale,but one day,he sinked in the sea for the whale's attack on a ship! Next,he was in the submarine whose name is Nautilus. He experiences various pain,discovery and happiness. Please check them while you will be reading this book.
harunak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story was very fantastic.I think travering around the world in the sea seems interesting but dangerous.
Hironari.K on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book. Because I like legends very very much.This book has a legend of 'ATLANTIS'.I want to know more about 'ATLANTIS'.The last scene of this book was misterious...
festa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting. The last scene was mysterious and impressive. I want to know the truth.