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The Best Jules Verne Books of All Time

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List of the best Jules Verne books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Jules Verne is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Verne is one of the greatest influences on the science fiction genre, having contributed some of the greatest stories that were way ahead of his time. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Jules Verne who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

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  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax after he, his servant Conseil, and Canadian whaler Ned Land wash up on their ship. On the Nautilus, the three embark on a journey which has them going all around the world, under the sea. The novel was originally serialized from March 1869 through June 1870 in Pierre-Jules Hetzel's periodical, the Magasin d’Éducation et de Récréation. The deluxe illustrated edition, published by Hetzel in November 1871, included 111 illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville  ...more
    • Author: Jules Verne
    • First Published: 1870
    • Subjects: Literary, Literature, Classics, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Novel, Scientific romance, Adventure fiction
    • Original Language: French Language

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    The Mysterious Island is a novel by Jules Verne, published in 1874. The original edition, published by Hetzel, contains a number of illustrations by Jules Férat. The novel is a crossover sequel to Verne's famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways, though its themes are vastly different from those books. An early draft of the novel, initially rejected by Verne's publisher and wholly reconceived before publication, was titled Shipwrecked Family: Marooned With Uncle Robinson, seen as indicating the influence on the novel of Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson. Verne developed a similar theme in his later novel, Godfrey Morgan.  ...more
    • Author: Jules Verne
    • First Published: 1874
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Novel, Scientific romance, Adventure fiction
    • Original Language: French Language
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    Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works.  ...more
    • Author: Jules Verne
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Adventure, 20th century
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction
    • Original Language: French Language
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano. From a scientific point of view, this story has not aged quite as well as other Verne stories, since most of his ideas about what the interior of the Earth contains have since been disproved, but it still manages to  ...more
    • Author: Jules Verne
    • First Published: 1864
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Scientific romance, Adventure fiction, Science Fiction
    • Original Language: French Language
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