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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Fall 2011 Audio Book
Ages: 8 & Up
CD Price: $25.00

Accomplished British stage and screen actor James Frain gives a dynamic reading of an unabridged edition of Jules Verne's visionary 19th century science fiction classic. Captain Nemo is terrorizing the seas with his fantastic submersible, the Nautilus. This frightening phenomenon is at first thought to be some gigantic ocean predator until three survivors of its deadly attack-a French professor of marine biology, his assistant and a master harpoonist-find themselves in the Nautilus' lavishly appointed iron belly. As involuntary guests of obsessive arch-villain and scientific genius Nemo, they become fellow adventurers, traveling the world's oceans and witnessing never-before-seen technological marvels. The inclusion of Ray Bradbury's thoughtful, often lyrical introduction, contrasting Verne's grand adventure with Melville's "Moby Dick" and filled with resonances for America's own past, present and future, is a bonus for adults and older teens.

Lynne Heffley   ©2011 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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