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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.

(P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc

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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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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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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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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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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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*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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Brilliant

A truly enjoyable adventure told by a founding master of the genre. It is ramazing still to consider how Verne anticipated the technological hurdles presented by attempts towards a successful lunar landing.

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An Early Science Fiction Classic

I've wanted to read this book since I was a child but never found the time until Audible. This book inspired not only the Apollo astronauts but also the engineers and scientists who made their journey possible.

Verne takes great care to make his version of the trip plausible -- and he gets close on many details. We can't just launch toward the Moon, we must meet it in space. Our ship must attain an escape velocity. The launch site selected is Tampa -- almost directly across the Florida peninsula from Kennedy Space Center.

Alas, this novel is actually a bit of satire, gently mocking the "can do" attitude of early Americans. He apparently wrote this during the US Civil War, and calls Americans "Yankees" throughout. The politics of America in those days would have made much of his story impossible.

At times it reads more like a diary than a novel, and at others it's more like an artillery manual.

Still, its an engaging book where we literally reach for the Moon.

The reader's performance is solid and kind of reminds me of a grandfatherly voice reading this tale to a child. His character voices are mostly effective, helping us keep track of the different characters.

If you are looking for a classic and willing to put yourself in the mindset of another time give From the Earth to the Moon a try.

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Where’s the story?

This book had a great premise. But unfortunately the summary is more entertaining than the actual story.
Every chapter is a description of something, either welding, powders or even money voy there’s nothing happening. Most of the descriptions don’t even advance the story.
Rich men want to go to fire a cannon to the moon, a Frenchman want to travel in the misfile (there. That’s it)

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good classic story.

Given the age of the story, its great. one of the first ever Science Fiction stories ever written in the 1800's