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Publisher's Summary

The War of the Rebellion is over, and the members of the American Gun Club, bored with inactivity, look around for a new project. At last they have it: "We will build the greatest projectile the world has ever seen and make the moon our 38th state!"

When From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, it was regarded as pure fantasy. Who could imagine a rocket that would carry men and animals through space? Today, like so many of Jules Verne's prophecies, space travel is a reality. Here's a fun adventure story that shows how Verne, with foresight that is at times almost eerily accurate, envisioned a trip to the moon.

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It felt like listening to sleepy grandpa reading a technical manuscript.... not my favorite jules vern. the story is soo technical it's hard to follow. but great concept

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there is a whole missing part before the end of the novel following the discharge of the columbiade there is a scene in the shell that is not included.

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  • Matthew Whatshisface
  • 2020-07-03

Mediocre story, terrible narration

The story isn't bad, but definitely not one of Verne's best. Basically the NRA wants to build a gun big enough to shoot the moon and at the last minute a Frenchman wants to hitch a ride on the bullet. I might have appreciated the story more if it weren't for the narrator. He does very few voices to distinguish the characters and they're all high-pitched and nasally. It's distracting and a little obnoxious. 3 stars for the story but only 1 star for the narrator. I would suggest finding a different version of this audiobook.

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  • Allen Brink
  • 2015-05-21

Lacking

While the writing is fantastic, the story really leaves the leader disappointed. A lot of build up for a very brief and unfulfilling ending.

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  • Mossias
  • 2019-01-05

For those who wish to research science fiction

I've gave this book a bad rate, but that's only due to the fact I didn't enjoy it that much. That however, does not mean i cannot appreciate it. The book can serve in today's point of view as some sort of a tool to show us what the past saw as fantasy, and also how it developed today's fantasy's standards.
Not a must read, but will compliment the right person.

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  • CSC
  • 2018-07-13

Good if you like numbers

This book has so many calculations in it it’s hard to follow by just listening to it. It would be good for architects and engineers and people who like math in general. The narrator’s voice is flat and monotonous so I fell asleep three times while listening to this.

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  • Akber
  • 2009-03-02

Longer than needed and boring.

I bought this book after my wife recommended it. After listening to most of the book and never getting to that part "where it gets better" I was very dissapointed. After explaining the plot and story to my wife she then said that she might have listened to a child's abridged version of the book. This book is repetitive, the reader sounds like a tired old grandfather. Do not recommend.

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  • Emily
  • 2018-09-10

*Yaaaawn*

Wowie, is this boring. And I like complicated things, science, math, diplomacy, etc. And this was the most boring take of all time.

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  • Michael
  • 2022-06-02

Lisen to Around the Moon--the sequel

The first part was written in 1865. It is NOT a 21st century novel. Don't judge by modern tastes. And there was a sequel. This version is free, but not the complete story.

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  • Ryan Fox
  • 2022-05-17

Don’t even know what I listened too

Not a great work by Verne, just a load of information that doesn’t really mean anything, and the story doesn’t go anywhere

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  • L. F. C.
  • 2022-04-03

Classic

A wonderful revisit to Verne's style after many years. The word pictures are the best ever.

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  • 2022-02-02

Solidly good Verne story

I've read and listened to quite a few Jules Verne books over the years and this is about average for him. There are so many technical details and long periods go without action, but it still kept my interest. I think it could be boring to some people, especially if they're not used to his technical writing.

What brings the book up are the characters. Verne always has some dynamic people. Most of the characters are from an American gun club who have decided they want to send a rocket to the Moon. To mix things up someone comes along who wants to go to the Moon on that rocket. They must change their calculations to accommodate him!

The newest television adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days has a scene with a little boy talking about his model rocket. I loved this little mini tribute to this book and wonder if there are more such references.

I thought the narration was excellent.