[Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case.]
[Read by Bernard Mayes]
Voyages Extraordinaires, 1865
Written more than a century before man landed on the moon, this classic adventure tale has proved to be one of Jules Verne's most prophetic. It is also a forerunner of today's science fiction.
At the close of the Civil War, the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves unemployed and bored. Finally, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes a new project: build a gun big enough to launch a rocket (a 'space bullet') to the moon. But when a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a ''manned'' flight, one man's dream turns into an international space race.
This is a story of rollicking action, humor, and vibrant imagination, full of both satire and scientific insight. Though often scientifically outdated, books of Verne's ''Voyages Extraordinaires'' series still retain their sense of wonder that appealed to readers of his time, and still provoke an interest in the sciences among the young. *This novel was made into a motion picture in 1958, starring Joseph Cotten, George Sanders, and Debra Paget.
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Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verne's prophetic novel of man's race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen.
When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane's adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a "manned" flight, one man's dream turns into an international space race.About the Author:
JULES VERNE (1828-1905) is considered by many the father of science fiction. Born in Nantes, France, he studied law but turned to writing opera libretti until the 1863 publication of Five Weeks in a Balloon, the first of his 'Extraordinary Voyages' series. Its success encouraged him to produce a number of classic and prophetic science fiction novels, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. His stories foresaw many scientific and technological developments, including the submarine, television, and space travel.
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Book Description Blackstone Audiobooks, 2000. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 9.50x6.75x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0786117664