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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

Space Force
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
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: france, scifi, reread
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
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
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
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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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
Esta obra es demasiado grande para mí como para analizarla rápidamente. Está tan repleta de detalles maravillosos que haría falta una segunda lectura para ir comentando sus rasgos más sobresalientes. Por estos motivos intentaré ser breve, diciendo que el tono satírico resulta delicioso en esta obra (y me ha hecho sonreír más de lo que me esperaba), la cual se encuentra cargada de datos científicos (erróneos algunos, como se ha demostrado más adelante) y de teorías, a cuál más sorprendente, acerc ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, ebooks
Jules Verne was probably my first "favourite author" and I remember well, when I was still a child, those Sunday mornings I've spent reading and dreaming about all the adventures and the fantastic voyages that his books allowed me to take. That was the moment I realised the power of a book and thanks to Verne (along with Salgari, Haggard, Burroughs and so many others great authors... nothing beats the Classics!) I've traveled in my imagination around the world, under the sea and to other planets ...more
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
Marts  (Thinker)
One volume containing both 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'Round the Moon' by Jules Verne...
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: sci-fi, classics
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
Emme M Gallipoliti
Es común que olvide los libros leidos y deba volver a las mismas páginas. Eso me sucedió esta vez. Verne siempre me resulta entretenido, simple y atrapante por lo que es buena opción en reiteradas ocaciones.
Fiel al estilo del autor, la narrtiva conduce a una aventura llena de descripciones y detalles historicos. El ritmo de lectura es, a mi parecer, perfeto. No da vueltas sobre lo mismo hasta el hartazgo pero tampoco avanza dejando que la imaginación trabaje más que las palabras.
Lo recomiendo
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.
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.
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!
Michael Sterckx
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful trip, witty, absurd and fantastic. Who cares if science and knowledge have made the theory redundant, the voyage is everything.
Jules Vern was most definitely a man ahead of his time.
Nestor Martinez
La primera parte del libro me gusto mucho. La segunda parte del libro no se me hizo mala, pero lo sentí un poco técnico, más enfocado a la gente que gusta de la astronomía o de la física.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really thought this was a good book — in the second half. The first half would tend to be very boring to most people. However, it is still worth reading, since a lot of the backstory is discussed then. Around the moon is by far the best “book” in this “combination”. I
Tania Kollias
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a slog with the scientific parts but again, wonderful to see how English is used, I was lol'ing at his dry humour (mostly at Americans' expense - read if you can laugh too), and where he writes: "Never had a more idle question been raised at a more inopportune moment." 8/10
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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 of spa
“It is better for us to see the destination we wish to reach, than the point of departure” 5 likes
“What human being would ever have conceived the idea of such a journey? and, if such a person really existed, he must be an idiot, whom one would shut up in a lunatic ward, rather than within the walls of the projectile.” 2 likes
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