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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


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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

30 review for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 5 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. 5 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. 4 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. 5 out of 5

    PacTracker294

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

  9. 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~

  10. 4 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.

  11. 5 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

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 5 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    What a fun classic ✌️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian

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

  20. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    (Reading with the grandkids)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cj

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

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    Good version for children

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lily Wilson

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn Allovio

    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 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 taken inside and thrown in to a cell. The captain of the vessel, Captain Nemo, informs the men that he lives on this ship, Nautilus, and will never again return to land, and now neither will they. Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned travel around the world with Captain Nemo, to ship wrecks, the South Pole, pear beads, and even to the Lost City of Atlantis. After many adventures, Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned Land are “separated” from the Nautilus, and Aronnax writes about all of their adventures. One of the many things great things about this age old novel is the intriguing way it captures the imagination. The mysterious Captain Nemo keeps you guessing and wondering about all of his oceanic adventures. Their captivating journey to Atlantis appeals to the child like ideas of mythical places, and makes one feel like a curious child again. Jules Verne did an exceptional job of creating a mystical and almost magical feel for the book, and for the reader. By the end of the novel a strong personal connection between the reader and each individual character is formed, almost making the novel feel real. One the other hand, however, Jules Verne was quite verbose. A page and a half description of a basic U.S. Navy vessel is very excessive. And while it is exceptionally captivating, especially for the imagination, it was not a gripping novel. The verbose nature of the novel takes away from the intriguing story. While there is a strong connection created with each character by the end of the novel, the connection could be even stronger if not for the abundance of lengthy and unnecessary paragraphs. Paragraphs filled with useless descriptions of meaningless things interrupt the story and cause the reader to almost take a mental break from the novel. I give this novel four out of five stares. While compelling and thrilling, the abundance of lengthy, uninformative, and unnecessary descriptive paragraphs takes so much away from this exceptional novel. Besides the verbosity of the novel, I have no major complaints and would recommend the novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

    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 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 protagonist and first person narrator of the novel, is some scientist or other. His servant, Conseil, is thirty years old, knowledgeable about the sciences, doesn’t mind being called a “boy,” and is unfailingly groveling and obsequious. The protagonist’s armed associate, Ned Land, is doughty, Canadian, excellent with a harpoon, Canadian, temperamental, and above all, Canadian. Captain Nemo is a stolid enigma before he goes weepily insane near the end. Thus ends all the information about the main characters' personalities. Second, most of the book reads like an undersea travelogue jammed with descriptive paragraphs that each list dozens of undersea life forms by their technical names. Description so dominates this novel that, by the time that the crew of the Nautilus faces any danger that they might not be able to handle, two thirds of the story is over. But when Verne finally does cut loose with action sequences, his writing gets breathless and exciting. I’m thinking of the scenes in which the Nautilus is trapped in a bizarre ice formation, and a scene in which the officers and crew battle, not just one, but a whole pack of gargantuan squid. Also memorable are scenes that contain no action to speak of, but present the reader with eerie tableaus. The undersea cemetery where bodies are interred by coral growth, and the walk through the ruins of Atlantis come to mind. The moment I stopped expecting Verne’s book to be a modern page-turner, and started seeing it as a travel journal from a parallel universe, the more I enjoyed reading it. And who could get over the fact that the Nautilus was so much like a modern sub that the first nuclear powered sub was named after it? Verne wrote "20,000 Leagues" years before submarines of any significant size had been invented. So color this book strongly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Keke

    This was so much fun! A true adventure story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Minniti

    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 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 captain, Captain Nemo. The four major themes of this novel are action, adventure, society, and mystery. A lot of books are bland and boring towards the middle. It is hard to find a book that stays exiting the entire length. This books has action and adventure on every page. This is the ideal book for you if you are looking to expand your imagination or even just kill time on a flight. In this book, after the 3 main characters are cast into the sea searching for a dreaded monster. They are rescued by Captain Nemo. A man that hates society and despises the corrupt in power. He even quotes, “The earth does not want new continents, but new men.” The three main characters are a professor, his servant, and a skilled harpooner. These men embark on the journey of a lifetime. Overall I thought this was a great book. I have read it about six times. When I was a child, I would read it over and over again because it took my imagination on an adventure. The exciting thing about this book, is that it is fun to read. And that is rare and can only pertain to certain great books that have lasted throughout the years. Part of the reason this is such a great book for your imagination is because it was written by a man with a great imagination himself. Jules Verne was not one to travel or go on adventures; so to compensate, he went on these adventures through his imagination. Thus this book was created along with many more such as Journey to the Center of the Earth and many more.

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