20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, in French. It is the fifth most translated book in the world (174 languages). LibriVox recording by Nathalie Mussard, Amy Bey, Caroline Sophie, Ethan rampton, Julie VW, Ezwa and Nadine Eckert-Boulet. Part 1, chapter 1. February 8th is Jules Verne's birthday.