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The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book


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The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book

30 review for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adelina

    Venice read this one at school, and insisted I must read it too. She lent me her copy, and then pestered me until I was finished. I really enjoyed this book, and was probably more excited that my 11 year old had found a book to enjoy so much she would share it with me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chance

    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 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 character. - I really liked where he was going with Captain Nemo, but at the end he just...stopped. I wanted to know more about that enigmatic figure. The upsides: - The adventure was pleasantly more diverse than I had anticipated. - Captain Nemo was actually a pretty interesting character to me...although he wasn't fleshed out well enough, in my opinion. - Descriptions of the tools, technology, equipment, etc were always cool. Hello Steampunk! - I liked Ned Land. Dude wants to wreck some shit! (Listened to it via librivox.org)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, is a great book with Juicy Details. I love how the seamen journey for the majestic Narwhale. The adventure they take is a thrill for me. The description of how this Narwhale looks like was vivid! As they found more places like the Lost City of Atlantis it made me excited what was next.I recommend this to Adventure Readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aj

    Awesome!! I loved this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angel Sandoval

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    This adaptation for younger readers keeps the sense of adventure and wonder from the original novel. That is very difficult to do with an author like Verne, but Ms. Vogel does an excellent job with it here. The story has been adapted into film at least three or four times, but this telling of Professor Arronax, Conseil, and Ned Land has a charm all of its own. Their encounter and forced journey with Captain Nemo is legendary in science fiction. If you haven't read any version of the book before, This adaptation for younger readers keeps the sense of adventure and wonder from the original novel. That is very difficult to do with an author like Verne, but Ms. Vogel does an excellent job with it here. The story has been adapted into film at least three or four times, but this telling of Professor Arronax, Conseil, and Ned Land has a charm all of its own. Their encounter and forced journey with Captain Nemo is legendary in science fiction. If you haven't read any version of the book before, this is a good place to start as a quick read for adults and an excellent story for kids. Find it! Buy it! Read it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gabe Linton

    It was a riveting tale of deep sea exploration and would recommend to everyone

  8. 4 out of 5

    PacTracker294

    Very good adventurous book! I would rate it more than 5 out of 5!

  9. 4 out of 5

    akleinl

    I think I've learned more about the ocean and certain sciences from this book than my entire time in modern education so far. I think I've learned more about the ocean and certain sciences from this book than my entire time in modern education so far.

  10. 4 out of 5

    J

    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 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 secondary characters. There always seems to be the ambivalent protagonist, his always loyal servant/friend, the one guy who can never be happy how he is treated and the bad guy who may actually not be so bad after all. And then of course the collection of secondary characters that are used for bait. Unfortunately for me I didn't like the idea of the crew of the Nautilus going after the sperm whales even if they were to save the black whales (and from what I could find when looking up I haven't seen sperm whales attacking any other type of whales except orcas which prey on them). But then the type of information they had back then isn't what we have now and for the author to have claimed a giant narwhale had caused the damage was laughable but understandable in a sense to their eyes. With this particular book there is something for everyone - adventure/action, nostalgia, wonder-inspiring fantasy, sci-fi and good old fighting if you are into the type. Even so I would suggest that this book is for older readers and up to parental discretion since there are some gruesome scenes found within the pages. Yet all in all it is a wonderful read.... ~A Book With A Number In the Title~

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 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 of Aronnax's foil. Lots to learn here in terms of writing craft. Captain Nemo's character is masterful. Unpredictable, forceful, provocative.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Gomez

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    Good version for children

  15. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Guldager

    Jules Verne was certainly ahead of his time. Join Doctor Pierre Aronnax, his fateful loyal servant Conseil, the easily red-tempered Ned Land, and the mysterious Captain Nemo and company, in a voyage under the sea - 20.000 leagues long! Loveable characters, who all intrigue the reader, in a plot nothing more than adventurous and fascinatingly interesting! However, as good as the characters and plot might be, there are still some downsides, which makes the story a relatively difficult, at times tedio Jules Verne was certainly ahead of his time. Join Doctor Pierre Aronnax, his fateful loyal servant Conseil, the easily red-tempered Ned Land, and the mysterious Captain Nemo and company, in a voyage under the sea - 20.000 leagues long! Loveable characters, who all intrigue the reader, in a plot nothing more than adventurous and fascinatingly interesting! However, as good as the characters and plot might be, there are still some downsides, which makes the story a relatively difficult, at times tedious, read. It feels like almost a 3rd of this book is classifications of literally every animal and organism from the sea, and even some from the land as well! Surely, if you are a naturalist like the main protagonist, it is an excitingly accurate description of the teeming life of the sea! If you are not, it is awfully uninteresting – or at least, a prolonged experience of dull Latin classifications. The theme also seems to be relatively repetitive: go under sea, see some fish, go above sea to get some air, something extraordinarily happens, repeat. Unfortunately, the ending is also quite abruptly ended, and the reader is left with many questions unanswered. Nevertheless, a very charming read with an abundance of different events and adventures! Steam-punk futuristic and the inspiration for many sea-like stories since, such as Disney’s “Atlantis”, the video game “BioShock” – and more!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chad Rexin

    Fun book to read. It is amazing how much the book covered in world geography, oceans, science, and the struggles people and countries face all on a submarine that had technology not seen till much later than when the book was written. We may have more modern technology now, but the world and oceans await all of us with great adventure to be found even if we are reluctant to go along with it. I like the style and narrative tale and while Captain Nemo is one of the key characters, he is also an en Fun book to read. It is amazing how much the book covered in world geography, oceans, science, and the struggles people and countries face all on a submarine that had technology not seen till much later than when the book was written. We may have more modern technology now, but the world and oceans await all of us with great adventure to be found even if we are reluctant to go along with it. I like the style and narrative tale and while Captain Nemo is one of the key characters, he is also an enigma and holds secrets.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rufus G.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the book 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, because the missions were weird. It's about a professor on a boat who was taken captive by a machine that looked just like an animal and the crew.Then the captain of the ship named captain Nemo let them help with his missions.One mission was when they went though a tunnel under Mexico. Another mission was to break the ice barrier. Another mission was to run away from the ship. I like the book 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, because the missions were weird. It's about a professor on a boat who was taken captive by a machine that looked just like an animal and the crew.Then the captain of the ship named captain Nemo let them help with his missions.One mission was when they went though a tunnel under Mexico. Another mission was to break the ice barrier. Another mission was to run away from the ship.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I really enjoyed reading this book. There was a lot of ups and downs. There was plenty of action and adventure and description that moved the story. The only con I saw was that the character development felt abridged, but they are multi-dimensional enough to be memorable. It is remarkable how Jules Verne was able to describe multiple machines and underwater discoveries despite the technology not being invented yet.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Quite an amazing piece of Science Fiction. And that it came about a century ago makes it all the more. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to 20,000 Leagues but I'm glad I have! I like the inventions and how I kept going back and forth on Nemo. Is he a good guy? A villain? Brought to evil acts through his solitude and revenge? My copy also included 'The Mysterious Island' so for those wanting to see how Nemo returns and ends up... it's in there. Quite an amazing piece of Science Fiction. And that it came about a century ago makes it all the more. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to 20,000 Leagues but I'm glad I have! I like the inventions and how I kept going back and forth on Nemo. Is he a good guy? A villain? Brought to evil acts through his solitude and revenge? My copy also included 'The Mysterious Island' so for those wanting to see how Nemo returns and ends up... it's in there.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I felt like I was reading the very first book that had an evil genius, like a James Bond villain. Lots of factual info on sea creatures, ship wrecks, and explorers. When you think about the time period in which it was written, it must have been mind blowing! So much is now true: submarines, oxygen tanks, sea exploration. Jacques Cousteau must have been inspired by Jules Verne.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan J

    I like this book because it is just another way of writing fantasy and a great story. The nautalus and the way it works is cool and mysterious. I like captain nemo because of the curiosity with him and why he doesn't go on land. I like this book because it is just another way of writing fantasy and a great story. The nautalus and the way it works is cool and mysterious. I like captain nemo because of the curiosity with him and why he doesn't go on land.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Richardson

    Not much fun to read. Interesting in places, but lots of technical mumbo-jumbo that I found to be very boring.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    What a fun classic ✌️

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I often like a good adaptation of a classic like this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    First Great Classic with my soon to be 6 year old. He loved it! Just the right amount of illustrations to keep him engaged and a terrific break from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    (Reading with the grandkids)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cj

    I read this out loud for my son. We enjoyed the stores. Thank you!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lily Wilson

    Just picked up this book because u it was in my room. It was a cute little story :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked it, it was a shorten version but I wish we would of heard the story from Captain Nemo perspective.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Malvina G. Vogel is a marvel. Her ability to rework these old classics is truly spectacular. Another well-written adaptation of a timeless classic. I take my hat off to you!

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