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The Collected Works of Jules Verne: 36 Novels and Short Stories (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) by [Verne, Jules]
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  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; Revised edition (9 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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These books were translated a century or more ago and the language is, in many cases, archaic. The books could also do with an edit to remove the racial stereotyping and, in one case at least, some nasty anti-semitic sentiments. Some of the translation of scientific terms and of metric units to Imperial units is misleading - Verne was much more accurate, scientifically speaking, than these translations suggest.

If you are an enthusiast for science fiction, you should at least give these ground-breaking books a try.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x981770e4) out of 5 stars 148 reviews
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HASH(0x98182c18) out of 5 stars Outstanding deal 31 May 2010
By Math Addict - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't believe it when I bought 36 works by Jules Verne for a few dollars for my iPod. I thought I'd be lucky if I got some poorly scanned and OCRed stuff but this is top quality! I'm maybe half way through the first book (20,000 leagues...) and there are no OCR errors.

Then I found out I can read these books on my PC too and it auto-syncs with my iPod. I really love this Kindle app, so much that I'm thinking about getting a Kindle.

Simply fantastic if you like classic science-ficton as I do.

P.S. I recommend having Google Earth running as you read 20,000 leagues under the sea - it's really cool to type the coordinates in and see where the author is taking you. You enter coordinates in the form dd mm'ss" N/S, dd mm'ss" E/W. Remember that Jules Verne is using a Paris meridian which is 2 degrees 21' East of Greenwich.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98160138) out of 5 stars An incredible read for all ages 10 Sept. 2010
By JC Horta - Published on Amazon.com
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I have known about the author, Jules Verne, and read his books since I was about 10 years old. Due to life's uncertainties, I lost the small collection I had. Now, nearly 30 years later, with my Kindle in hand, I did not hesitate to buy this collection of 36 books (although his collected works have more than 70) and for the price it had. I really recommend it, go for it!

For me, Jules Verne, is one of the greatest authors of all time. His stories are timeless, they are as fresh today as they were the day they were written. They can be catalogued as science fiction, adventure or plain fiction, it doesn't matter, the stories can be read by anyone, of any age, with interest.

If you want to find stories for your children which are both interesting and educational, this is one of the authors to choose. If, on the other hand, you want a story for yourself, which is imaginative, fast tracking, this is also an author for you.

I hope that they will complete the collection!

Note: this collection does have a "Table of Contents", you just have to access it through the cover page.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980ca234) out of 5 stars Yes, Virginia. There is a table of contents. 11 Oct. 2010
By Kodai - Published on Amazon.com
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The contents page is on the cover. You won't have to vainly search for the start of each book. With that out of the way, why havn't you bought this one yet?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980ca4e0) out of 5 stars Very good, but not best or biggest, Verne collection. 15 Feb. 2012
By Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
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Of all the Jules Verne ebook compilations containing 30+ titles currently available in the Kindle store, this Halcyon Press edition is pretty good. An active TOC pinpoints specific content. I am particularly happy to see a full and modern translation of "20,000 Leagues" by F.P.Walter (though he is not credited and his informative, introductory essay is not included). I'm also glad to see a true ("Professor Lidenbrock and Axel") translation of "Journey to the Interior of the Earth" rather than the sadly all-too-common bogus ("Professor Hardwigg and Harry") version often passed off as being by Verne. The other major works are translated reasonably well keeping in mind that these are older, public domain versions. I do, however, prefer a slightly different public domain version of "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Dick Sand," but these are quite fine.

I have two quibbles. FIRST is that the few times a graphic should appear, the words "graphic appears here" shows up instead. SECOND is that italics are often represented by an underline before and after the emphasized word(s), __like this___, a confusing annoyance when many such words appear alongside each other on any given page. These are not deal-breakers but something you may wish to consider (and because of them I have subtracted one star from an othrwise 5-star collection). The formatting is otherwise okay.

As to containing 36 works, the count is inflated a tad by counting the two parts of "Captain Hatteras" as separate entities and unnecessarily including (and counting) a duplicate portion of "Mysterious Island." You really get 34 distinct tales (not 36) -- but that is still a lot of Verne, though it is by no means complete. That honor goes to Delphi.

Delphi has a truly complete set, though a dozen works (not yet cheaply available in public domain translations) appear in French for the sake of completeness. Since I am not fluent in that language, I do not fully appreciate their inclusion. I do, however, greatly appreciate the presence of about 20 (!) more titles -- in English -- than this Halcyon (or any other) set contains. That makes the Delphi edition the largest available and the most appealing to me (even though, sadly, the aforementioned modern translation by F.P. Walter is not used in it).

I would encourage you to search, sample, and compare because new Verne collections keep popping up all the time in the Kindle Store. Check to see which titles are included, if the main TOC is active and takes you to additional active TOCs (one for each book), and that the text is formatted to your liking. See if graphics and illustrations are included. The set you ultimately select will depend upon the level of your interest in, and the degree of your enthusiasm for, the writings of Jules Verne. If you want a substantial collection which includes the well-known, great Verne classics, this Halcyon set should be quite fine. But if you want even MORE (as in EVERYTHING), the very BEST is that all-inclusive Delphi set.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980ca408) out of 5 stars Classic Jules Vern 14 Mar. 2011
By Bittek106 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most complete collection of Jules Vern I have ever seen. And yes there is a Table of contents. It is on the cover page. Just cursor down to the book you want to read and click it. Just that simple. No errors, this is not a cheap OCR rip. You absolutely cannot beat it for the price. I am using a Kindle 3.
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