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From the Earth to the Moon and 'Round the Moon

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Description: 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!”

Read by: Bernard Mayes

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Mike Franklin
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There are SPOILERS in this review; mostly minor, therefore I've not hidden it.

4 stars

Another very good pair of books from Jules Verne. I would treat them as a single book; I don’t know how Verne’s readers put up with 7 years between the two with the first having such a non-ending!

As expected the science in this book does not hold up, but what do you expect; the first book was written 150 years ago. In fact what is amazing is how close to being right so much of it was and how ambitious a topic th
Todd Martin
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
 A Trip to the Moon

There’s a reason From the Earth to the Moon isn’t listed among Jules Verne’s most popular works. It’s terrible. It’s not that the science and technical aspects are laughable (that’s not unexpected given the book was written a century before the NASA program put a man on the moon), but that the story itself is dumb.

Basically, the plot involves shooting a 9 foot hollow aluminum bullet from a cannon so that it escapes the Earth’s gravitational pull and ultimately collides with the moon. The bullet
Adam Smith
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Frustrated with peacetime decommissioning, the member of the American Gun Club search for a means that will allow them to fulfil their passion in developing cannons. It is then that president Barbicane proposes a new goal. A goal that will test the mettle and abilities of every member of the Gun Club and will carve their names in history. They’re going to shoot the moon.

What if the NRA was in charge of the space program? This book has been on my list for a while, but I kept putting off on the as
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, france, scifi
I first read these two novels when I was in high school sometime during the Paleozoic Era. At that time, I rather liked them. Now, I found myself being bored by the two Americans and the Frenchman who were shot at the moon from a giant cannon in Florida. If I were in that projectile, I probably would have strangled Impey Barbicane and Captain Nichols for being such arrant pedants. Imagine: Going to the moon without considering how they were going to get back to Earth!

Since my boyhood, we have ac
Nati Korn
To successfully complete his journey to the moon this traveler (reader) had to:

1. Suspend most of his disbelief.
2. Arm himself with a good deal of nostalgic affection for Verne's novels he had read as a child.
3. Resign himself to flat and stereotyped characters, long and repetitious technical explanations (most of them wrong) and dramatic events very pale in comparison to present day science fiction.

What he had experienced on the way:

1. Admiration for this work of extensive research and spec
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865 and gave us a cliffhanger ending. The sequel, Around the Moon wasn't published until 1870. In 2010, I read Walter James Miller's fine annotated translation of the first book. I bought this edition so I could finally read the sequel seven years later.

My rating is largely a reflection of this edition's use of the poor 1877 translation by Louis Mercier and Eleanor E. King which makes Verne's writing feel like something of a slog. Even s
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many, I read this as a kid when I knew little. Now it is a quarter century after I left the weapons business, which included some time working guided artillery projectiles, so I have a much different perspective. I enjoyed this both times through, but for different reasons.

The satire of the weapons business in the first few chapters was wickedly funny. But, that does not last long. The science, technology, and geography were often ridiculous, but one can grant a certain amount of suspended
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tony Talbot
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is pure fun from start to finish, and doesn't take itself too seriously at any point. A gun club in the USA, disheartened by peace breaking out and not having anyone to shoot at, decides to build an enormous cannon to fire at the moon.

Amazingly, despite this being written in 1865, the science is pretty spot on; Verne describes the harshness of space and the mechanics of travelling to the moon pretty accurately, even down to things alongside the capsule travelling on the same orbit.

In places
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Howard
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic for sure. Turns out I had only a vague notion what this story was about. Very rigorous, scientific treatment of a fanciful (at the time) subject (space travel). Some coincidences were clearly contrived and some of the science was wrong, but a fun read nevertheless. Very glad to have finally read it. I was inspired to read it from having just read "The First Men in the Moon" by H.G. Wells. A trusted friend gave me an old paperback copy encouraging me to read it. Having been written late ...more
Jose Moa
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well known anticipation novel by Verne.Relatively scientifically rigurous,over all in open space;in this case the ship is a big ojival bullet launched by a very big cannon, buried in the earth;the gunpowder is cotton gunpowder
Matthew Abbott
As one of the true founders of science-fiction before it was really a thing, reading some of Jules Verne's work has been on my to do list for a while.

At the time, Verne's writing made the idea of space travel not only an exciting story, but a genuinely plausible concept and genuinely inspired humanity into overcoming the technical challenges that lay between us and the stars.

What Verne does then, knowing that the actual journey not be possible, is flumax his readers with scientific jargon. The
Tanner Froreich
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jules Verne never disappoints. I spent last month sailing through the medium which fills interplanetary space with three brilliant men in their capsule that was our only boundary from the freezing vacuum.

From Earth to the Moon, the setting of the stage for 'Round the Moon, was a very logical story. Detailed beyond what most Scifi writers would dare, it follows Mr. Barbicane, president of the Gun club, and his plan to make history by building a cannon of tremendous proportions with plans to land
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Linda C
After the War of Rebellion the Gun Club of America was upset with no war to build guns for or to invent new guns for use. Someone came up with the idea to use a gun to send a projectile to the moon. Lots of astronomical and physical and mathematical calculations later they are ready, when a Frenchman arrives saying to change the shape from a ball to a cylinder so he can go. Lots of arguing later they change the projectile and the Gun Club President and his rival decide to accompany the Frenchman ...more
Tony Calder
This edition includes the original illustrations and has an introduction and footnotes by RGA Dolby.

The review concentrates on the second book - Around the Moon - as I have already reviewed From the Earth to the Moon. This novel suffers from many of the same problems that the earlier story did - Verne tends to get bogged down in dazzling the reader with his scientific knowledge, which may have been appreciated in Victorian times, but led to me skimming over many paragraphs comparing the heights
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
Not my favorite from Verne. I LOVE space. If I was going into a field of science it would be space, so I was uber excited to read this. Buuut, this read more like a textbook than and adventure to me.:(
Chapter by chapter moves like a step by step. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed seeing how the projectile that would go into space was built and seeing how countries came together to create this great possibility and meet its goal. It was incredible to see space travel that it way before our time. It
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had fun with Verne's subtle humor. He always seems to insert amusing observations at unexpected moments. Just about the only thing that put me off this book was all the arithmetic mumbo jumbonthst fills up a couple of pages before w.go back to the main storyline. I got impatient with his "scientific" explanations. I applaud his attempt, but I wouldn't have noticed if he cut those to the barest minimim. I sometimes read through them without remembering one word and realized you could still unde ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars, interesting only as a historical artifact.

I'd previously listened to "From Earth to the Moon." This recent release added "Around the Moon," and this was what I listened to this time.

The author spends a lot of time educating the reader on how math can be used to predict location based on time and initial velocity, how one can calculate acceleration, how gravitational forces work (roughly), and what is meant by displacement in ship building. Steel is a focus as the most marvelous inventio
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon by Jules Verne. This is a classic book, but still is very interesting, and has a lot of detail. However, I would not recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that immediately jumps into the plot, because the author spends the first few chapters just developing the setting and introducing the characters. I give it an 8/10 because of the slow start. ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
This started out very slowly for me, but I'm super glad I stuck with it. Surprisingly hilarious! Very quick witted and strangely current/relevant in 2018! I enjoyed the passage about what countries contributed financially, Maston in every scene, the detailed descriptions of how exactly everything was carried out, etc. crazy to think this was published in 1865!
Paul Thompson
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read

It is remarkable how writers of the time of Jules Verne foresaw what the future may hold. Travelling to the moon and back and soon on to Mars was first proposed in this book and man has made it possible for people now to live in space for months at a time on the ISS. Verne's foresight was astoundingly accurate.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The amount of science and research Verne did for this book is commendable. Characterizations are also solid with some amazing quips and humor sprinkled. Enjoyable. I'm actually sad that I haven't Verne before. He's got a sharpe eye and ear for dialogue, people, and situations.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Hillman
Victorian view on space travel. Takes a scientific view. Maybe you might call it a technical novel or science faction. Some of the science is incorrect but maybe this adds to the character of the book.
Rune Lei
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Jules Verne. :)
I love how he backs everything up with science. It's 1860's science, so some things have since been disproved. But when reading the story it really makes you feel like this could actually be done in reality.
Mr N.J.Stanton
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book. He was ahead of his time.

At the time of writing this book. Not a lot was known about the Moon. Not as we know it. But it is still a great read. From one of the very best.
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means

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