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From the Earth to the Moon and Round the Moon [Kindle Edition]

Jules Verne
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 111227281X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJTUKI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,814 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book(s), lousy formatting May 11, 2011
By Dennis
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I feel a bit bad only giving three stars to a masterpiece of literature which has been prepared for Kindle by a group of unpaid volunteers, but I think it would be unfair to publishers who put in the effort to format the books properly for Kindle and include some basics like a table of contents to rate it any higher.

This download includes two books, "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Round the Moon". Both are exceptional stories. If you only care about the story and can live with practically non-existent formatting or being able to skip to a chapter or the second book, then this is for you. Otherwise buy one of the versions you have to pay for and get a better "overall experience".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite February 18, 2012
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This is a very hard review for me to write as it makes me confront my boyhood love of this book with a more recent read as an adult.

I read this book in its Penguin edition perhaps four or five times in my youth, having received if at Christmastide when I was about 11 or 12. I loved it, so when I got my Kindle, also at Christmastide last year, it was one of the first books I downloaded and read.

I enjoyed reliving my childhood fascination with this book. I recalled and warmed to Verne's fascination and obvious admiration for American ingenuity and spirit, and I remembered how much of what I learned about Physics started with my young fascination with this book.

But let's face it -- now re-read as an adult, Verne is an effective popular author but not a literary genius. That is, to follow C.S. Lewis's rubric in "An Experiment in Criticism," Verne writes to take us to the event and not for the word (perhaps I would not say that if I read him in French, as I ought to, but still, I can see in writers like Flaubert, Camus, and Moliere that they write for the word). Particularly in the latter part ("Round the Moon"), the writing seems stretched and turgid and artificial, a way for Verne to show off his knowledge of contemporary science and so on.

As the Romans said, sic transit gloria mundi. We get older, we think we get smarter, and we lose something. I'm glad this re-reading took me back to a time of wonder and fascination, something maybe I've lost as I've grown older.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Verne, well-formatted March 30, 2012
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From my first encounter with this story as a child reading a "Classics Illustrated" comic book and later, as a teen, actually reading the novel, I have always enjoyed it. I treat it in the singular because neither of the two parts is meant to stand alone, though they were first published separately (and sadly, often still are). This public domain edition conveniently contains both halves. The formatting of the text is excellent. The TOC at the beginning lists the chapters of both, although it will not provide direct access to a specific chapter. (You can always use Kindle's "Search This Book" feature to do this.) However, when you have the TOC on screen, by right-clicking the Kindle 5-way button once, you will go directly to part 2. When you have begun reading either half (that is to say, when you are out of the TOC and into any chapter), by right- or left-clicking the 5-way button, you will then be led back and forth, from one chapter to the next, as you may wish, so you can locate a specific chapter this way. In my opinion, this translation is the better, smoother-to-read of the two older ones with which I am familiar, though the translator is not identified. (In the first sentence this translation refers to the U.S. Civil War as "the War of the Rebellion" rather than "the Federal war" of the other translation.) Overall, this is good Verne, a good translation, in a well-formatted public domain edition, at a price (free) you can't argue with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None May 4, 2013
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Absolutely GAWD-AWFUL translation; purple prose predominates! Reads like a parody. Verne is turning over in his grave! Oy my Vey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 19th Century Apollo 8 August 30, 2013
By RGiven
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Amazing! I am in the process of rediscovering the classics of literature and this is definitely one of the greats. If only because he got so much right. It's amazing to me that this was written nearly a century prior to the Apollo Program. It's also seems to be unabashedly Pro-American which I also like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating April 4, 2014
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Fun, enlightening and mesmerizing! I learned more about the moon than I knew before. Yes, I am not a scientist. Verne obviously had to take a bit of scientific license to complete his story and he does it well. After reading it I learned he wrote it before ever visiting America. He had me fooled.
150 years ago he succeeded in writing a scientific thriller with a pleasant absence of blood and guts and plenty of old fashioned morality and thought. He truly shows us what the TV has taken from us!
Not only is this original sci-fi, but it is a bit of a look into our society from that era.
---- I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11 year old daughter loved it March 21, 2014
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got this book for by daughter on her kindle and she very much enjoyed it, but then again she seems to like almost anything she reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a ride! March 10, 2014
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Don't be dissuaded from reading this book by that hokey early 20th century movie. The science was much better in the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun
A very enjoyable story that employs the imagination of the past which once imagined the future from the past. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wizard
4.0 out of 5 stars From the Earth to the Moon and Round the Moon
A Jules Verne classic. A very interesting story of a trip to the Moon using 19th century technology. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
Classic early SciFi, good numerical data about some parts of 19th century life, especially about guns and mega projects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Perttu Keinänen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another must read for SciFi fans
This is a classic that should be read by all science fiction fans no matter the age. Well worth the time and effort.
Published 2 months ago by William A. Tokar II
3.0 out of 5 stars Never read the whole thing
Guess I had had enough of Jules Verne by the time I read this, but could not keep with it. May try again at a later date.
Published 2 months ago by DUPUISJUDY
4.0 out of 5 stars 15 year old son read and liked it
It was realistic and mathematical. Very Jules Verne. If you liked Journey to the Center of the Earth, try this one.
Published 2 months ago by Linda M Ulmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Prescient Science Fiction
We live near Longs Peak in Colorado, and I've known for some time that this American mountain figures prominently in Verne's tale of a trip to the moon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stan Adamson
2.0 out of 5 stars very advanced for the time it was written
He had no idea of the reality, so he wrote what was in his imagination. Som pretty far out stuff.
Published 6 months ago by bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
My 5th grader enjoyed the first part of the book, From the Earth to the Moon, but the second part, Round the Moon, got too long. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Homeschool Mom
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
the first half of the book was good. Enjoyed it. the second half of the book was very dodgy. For its time it must have been wonderful.
Published 7 months ago by Kazza
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