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I've always enjoyed the books of Jules Verne. If you enjoy classic literature From Earth to the Moon is worth a listen.
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Considering the state of rocket science in 1865 (when Verne published this story), he presented a plausible, if picturesque, version of how men might reach the moon via what today we'd call a space gun. Some of the math even holds up. It's classic sci-fi and very typical for Verne in that a reader would have a hard time telling where the science ended and the fiction began.
Jules Verne tells the story of a group of discontented Civil War vets (making up the Baltimore Gun Club) who, longing for a challenge with peace now at hand, decide to build a giant cannon to send a projectile to the moon (later deciding to send a manned capsule instead of a cannonball). The story is mostly about the trials and tribulations of building the thing...the story of the voyage itself came in a less-well-known sequel (not on Audible, AFAICT). Compare with "Fountains of Paradise," which has a very similar theme (albeit about a space elevator instead of a space gun).
Maybe not Verne's best, but if you like his stuff in general, you'll probably like this.
My complaint, and it's a big one, is the narration, which is delivered by Jim Roberts...who is (a) one of my least favorite readers on Audible and (b) not the narrator listed on the download page. He mispronounces words (not fancy technical terms, just regular ol' words), he runs out of breath in odd places (like right before the last 2 words in a sentence) and often just plods along. In this case, I think he does a passable job---barely. I decided to be generous and give the performance 2 stars, but the narration detracts from the audiobook.
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