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

Jules Verne
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 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.

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  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,891 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 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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5 of 5 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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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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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun March 9, 2014
By Wizard
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A very enjoyable story that employs the imagination of the past which once imagined the future from the past. All lovers of science fiction, historical fiction, or space exploration should find this pair of books entertaining and thought provoking. Important lessons of how science fact soon becomes science fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another must read for SciFi fans January 31, 2014
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This is a classic that should be read by all science fiction fans no matter the age. Well worth the time and effort.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!
This book was made into a movie in 1958 called 'From the Earth to the Moon'. I enjoyed the movie as a kid, but found the book to be more engaging. Read more
Published 7 days ago by John D. Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book!
Very entertaining, and fun to see what people thought the moon would be like in the late 1800's. Of course, I was picturing things looking like the Apollo module, but it was a... Read more
Published 10 days ago by D. Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne's brilliance shines in "From the Earth to the ...
Jules Verne's brilliance shines in "From the Earth to the Moon" blending the science and real world calculations behind shooting a projectile to the moon with the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jeff Amann
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great read.
Jules Verne always had a great way with words and his stories have a way of opening a persons imagination.
Published 1 month ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars I am before his time
When you read this book, take the time to set aside the real world and fall fully into the world of Verne. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. A. Kelley Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I like all Jules Verne and this book has two stories, the original and the sequal. I got it to compare it with the movie version. They are quite different. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Constantino Tata
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book.
From the Earth to the Moon is very interesting and worth reading.
(I was re-reading it after having read it 30 years ago as a kid). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a Required Read for anyone Interested in Space Travel
I first read read this when at High School - Now more than forty tears later have re-read again. The excitement of that first read read was truly rekindled. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rocketman
5.0 out of 5 stars A 19th Century Apollo Mission
Jules Verne was the Gene Roddenberry of his time. He came as close to creating an Apollo mission in the 19th century as other writers of his time dreamed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 year old daughter loved it
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.
Published 4 months ago by M. Nolan
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