- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air
- Audible.com Release Date: March 18, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00V0VM128
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook – Original recording
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The every mysterious Captain Nemo is perhaps the first example of a sympathetic and tragic anti-hero with Gothic overtones in literature who has captivated and intrigued readers for over a century. So tackling a full cast audio adaptation while remaining true to Verne's vision of a man who has rejected human society, while maintaining his humanity is not an easy task. Make no mistake, while "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" chronicles the adventures of Professor Arronax, his assistant Conseil, and Canadian master harpooner Ned Land , it's Captain Nemo who is the soul of the tale Professor Arronax narrates, for he is a very reflection of the seas he, his crew, and his "guests" travel upon.
In this excellent production and adaption of Jules Verne's most popular novel, by Jerry Robbins and the good folks at The Colonial Radio Theatre On The Air have excelled - no surprise here - at bringing Captain Nemo to vivid life.
When world renowned oceanographer Professor Arronax and his assistant are hastily recruited by the American Government for an expedition being mounted by the frigate Abraham Lincoln to hunt a gigantic nar-whale that been sinking ships of all nations in oceans across the world, they had little idea about the true nature of the "beast" they were seeking.
After the Abraham Lincoln is crippled in a near devastating attack, it is only then that Arronax, Conseil, and Land learn the truth behind the nature of the attacks on the world's shipping - that the whale they've been hunting is actually a gigantic submarine.
To the best of my knowledge, very few film and audio adaptions have ever attempted to speak the unknown and likely artificial language that Captain Nemo and his crew speak.. To hear it spoken in this adaptation by The Colonial Radio Theatre On The Air is intriguing. Verne made some startling accurate predictions about the future in his writings - Cape Canaveral and the advent of the fax machine are just two of many examples - and Nemo's language reminded me a bit of Esperanto that created in the late 1870s and early 1880s by L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist. It's possible that Verne modified a bit of Esperanto for his literary purposes.
Perhaps the most haunting scene in this audio adaptation is when Nemo takes Arronax on a walking tour of sunken Atlantis - because it suggests that Atlantis is hell. And there is the horror of Nemo's cruelty that is vividly captured along with his humanity.
Nemo is both a reflection of the sea and humanity.
Now not too many people are aware that there is a sequel of sorts to "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" that Verne wrote - "The Mysterious Island. I am hopeful that The Colonial Theatre On The Air" will tackle this as a future production.