• From the Earth to the Moon

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (641 ratings)

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From the Earth to the Moon

By: Jules Verne
Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
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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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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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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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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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Good story, not the best reading

I enjoyed the story, like everything else I have heard by Jules Verne, but the narrator made it a little more difficult to get through. It was a bit like having an old professor read the story, without excitement and with nearly the same voice for all characters throughout.

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stuffy performance

it takes a chapter or 2 to get used to the reader, but after that its excellent

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A very DRY narrator…

I am familiar with the extent of detail into which Verne puts his writings. However, when read aloud with flat emotion and little discrepancy between characters, the story seems to get monotonously interminable. I did finish the listen, but I was relieved to finally hear the mantra “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program”.

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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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  • Kamil Lukaszewicz
  • 11-26-22

Great story ahead of its time

Frenchman sounds Indian…. The rest sound the same. If’s not dramatised then just stick to reading.

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  • Nitin
  • 11-09-22

Very enjoyable story. Excellent narration

Nearly as good as Around the World story. Narration was excellent. I don’t know if the style of speed is really from that period but accepting as such, very well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-22

I like Verne, but the performance was hard going

I've read From the Earth to the Moon before so the story is fine. Like all Verne this is an epic with a lot of scientific sidelines, which I like. But the narrator was so monotonous to my ears that I had to give up half way through. I felt there was little change to his rate of speech, no distinction between characters and not enough pause between sentences. Leading to the feeling of one run-on sentence. Not for me, I'll find another recording.

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  • Ally Pally
  • 10-23-22

Excellent

This is an excellent reading of this timeless literary classic, capturing the spirit of the time perfectly

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  • Jason Power
  • 10-02-22

Funny Peculiar Book

Interesting listen, I almost felt it was like a satire on America, gun laws and general international relations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-22

A Classic for sure

It was a classic I wanted to tick off my list and it was a good time listening to it. I would recommend for sure.