From the Earth to the Moon


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.9 stars; 140 reviews)

From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la Terre à la Lune) is a humorous science fantasy story written in 1865 by Jules Verne and is one of the earliest entries in that genre. It tells the story of three well-to-do members of a post-American Civil War gun club who build an enormous sky-facing columbiad and ride a spaceship fired from it to the moon. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(4 hr 38 min)

Chapters

The Gun Club 12:18 Read by Alex Patterson
President Barbicane's Communication 13:49 Read by Alex Patterson
Effect of the President's Communication 6:17 Read by Alex Patterson
Reply From the Observatory of Cambridge 10:03 Read by Alex Patterson
The Romance of the Moon 8:33 Read by Alex Patterson
The Permissive Limits of Ignorance and Belief in the United States 8:31 Read by Alex Patterson
The Hymn of the Cannon-Ball 11:02 Read by Alex Patterson
History of the Cannon 7:25 Read by Alex Patterson
The Question of the Powders 9:18 Read by Alex Patterson
One Enemy V. Twenty-Five Millions of Friends 9:02 Read by Alex Patterson
Florida and Texas 8:53 Read by nielsbohred
Urbi et Orbi 12:53 Read by Esther
Stones Hill 10:15 Read by Esther
Pickaxe and Trowel 9:57 Read by Chris Langston
The Fete of the Casting 10:17 Read by Chris Langston
Ch. 16 The Columbiad and Ch. 17 A Telegraphic Dispatch 11:10 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Ch. 18 The Passenger of the Atlanta 12:35 Read by Lizzie Driver
Ch. 19 A Monster Meeting 14:59 Read by Esther
Ch. 20 Attack and Riposte 16:51 Read by Meredith Hughes
Ch. 21 How A Frenchman Manages An Affair 15:24 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
Ch. 22 The New Citizen of the United States 9:30 Read by Esther
Ch. 23 The Projectile-Vehicle 7:16 Read by Esther
Ch. 24 The Telescope of the Rocky Mountains 7:22 Read by Esther
Ch. 25 Final Details 12:52 Read by Leonie Rose
Ch. 26 Fire! 10:34 Read by Esther
Ch. 27 Foul Weather 6:51 Read by Leonie Rose
Ch. 28 A New Star 4:36 Read by Esther

Reviews

(4 stars)

If you do not know this is part 1 of 2. You need to read Part 2 also. It is called,"Around the Moon"

Great story

(4 stars)

Great story. Very well read by the volunteers. However chapter 25 the reader sounds like they are chewing gum, very irritating.

(2 stars)

Good reading, but uninspiring book. Jules Verne truly is a master of the anticlimax. His novels rattle on with great pace and then jusy stop. It's as if gets bored, or doesn't know how to end the story, so just stops. Don't get me wrong: some of his novels are great. 20k Leagues and Journey to the Centre of the Earth are wonderful, but they also have very quick and anticlimatic endings.

NOT BAD

(4 stars)

But not great, either. Verne seems to take more side trips than in most of his novels. The story is, however, interesting in its approach to the launching of a space vehicle. I wonder if any of our space scientists even considered a cannon-like tube to aid in the initial direction of spacecrafts.

reader needs to project his voice

(1 stars)

Avid listener but gave up after 2 chapters as the reader sounded like he was trying to read it quietly in a room as not to be heard by someone... greatly annoying as this is the only version.

(3 stars)

Great reading! Not a fan as much for Sci Fi so this isn't my favorite Jules Verne book. Dated of course but not necessarily bad knowing what we know today and for a laugh.

(4 stars)

Good classic story. A little slow in areas. Some readers need to retire.

Good book. A bit more technical than some adventure books.

(5 stars)