This is the 6th book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of Professor Aronnax, Ned Land and Conseil as they get taken captive by the fearsome Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. There, they are taken on an undersea adventure which they really enjoy, but still kind of resent being held virtual prisoners by Nemo. The 20,000 Leagues in the title refers not to the depth but to the distance they travel, even going as far as the South Pole. An enjoyable romp under the oceans.
Verne's classic journey into the ocean follows professor Pierre Aronnax and his two companions as they are captured by Capt. Nemo and find themselves trapped aboard the Nautilus, a high-powered submarine that traverses about the world revealing the mysteries of the sea. James Frain provides clear and crisp narration. His intonation and tone are good, but not good enough to overcome the tedious cataloguing of every crustacean, fish, and shell that Verne includes. Equally problematic, Frain stumbles through some of his reading and has trouble maintaining the voices he provides for the different characters, particularly Nemo, whose voice is quite inconsistent. This, at times, can lead to listener confusion. While this audiobook is, on the whole, enjoyable, it doesn't stand up to other Listening Library productions.