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From the Earth to the Moon, Version 2

Gelesen von Mark F. Smith

(4,437 Sterne; 40 Bewertungen)

Jules Verne takes aim at some amusing stereotypes of Americans in this story of a pre-rocketry attempt to shoot a cannonball to the Moon. Those Yankees don’t do anything by halves!

His means is a Columbiad cannon so enormous that it must be bored 900 feet into the ground, so immense that 1200 smelting furnaces would be needed to create the iron for its casting, so stupendous that 100 tons of guncotton would be needed to loft its cannonball heavenwards.

The journey must be watched from the tallest peak of the Rocky Mountains through a new telescope with a reflector measuring 16 feet in diameter and a tube reaching skyward 280 feet.

And then - a simple telegram upsets all the preparations. An unknown Frenchman has taken ship and is on the way. And he has firmly decided that he will ride inside the projectile! - Summary by Mark F. Smith (5 hr 5 min)

Chapters

01 - The Gun Club

13:45

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02 - President Barbicane's Communication

16:19

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03 - Effect of the President's Communication

7:32

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04 - Reply From the Observatory of Cambridge

12:08

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05 - The Romance of the Moon

10:47

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06- The Permissive Limits of Ignorance and Belief in the United States

10:44

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07 - Hymn of the Cannon-Ball

14:06

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08 - History of the Cannon

9:21

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09 - The Question of the Powders

11:51

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10 - One Enemy vs. Twenty-Five Millions of Friends

10:38

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11 - Florida and Texas

10:46

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12 - Urbi et Orbi

12:17

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13 - Stones Hill

10:26

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14 - Pickaxe and Trowel

10:30

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15 - The Fete of the Casting

10:29

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16 - The Columbiad

9:22

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17 - A Telegraphic Despatch

2:14

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18 - The Passenger of the 'Atlanta'

12:19

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19 - Monster Meeting

16:34

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20 - Attack and Riposte

18:55

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21 - How a Frenchman Manages an Affair

17:38

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22 - The New Citizen of the United States

10:14

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23 - The Projectile-Vehicle

7:31

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24 - The Telescope of the Rocky Mountains

7:25

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25 - Final Details

11:18

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26 - Fire!

10:13

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27 - Foul Weather

5:34

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28 - A New Star

4:53

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Bewertungen

(4 Sterne)

Published in 1865, I enjoyed this often humorous account of a group of war veterans, private individuals in a gun club, figuring out how to send 3 people and 2 dogs to the moon. At that time Verne even selected Texas and Florida as being likely spots for their blastoff canon! Now I must read the sequel, “Round the Moon” to see how the passengers fared. Excellent reading by Mark Smith.

Wonderful books, wonderful voice

(5 Sterne)

To tell you the truth: I have taken to just looking up all the books read by Mark F. Smith from Simpsonville Carolina. His reading of “The Mysterious Island” got me hooked. What a voice... And I have loved Jules Verne since I was a child. We used to read him aloud in the weekends in front of the fire, at our small holiday house.