Rocket Men

Rocket Men

The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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On May 20, 1969, the thirty-story-high Apollo 11-Saturn V spaceship trundled from Cape Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building to Pad 39A for its final inspection and countdown. The nearly 1 million spectators who began gathering at Cape Kennedy for launch on July 16, 1969, were kept at least 3.5 miles away from the pad because, in an explosion, hundred-pound chunks of shrapnel would be hurled in a 3-mile radius. Finally, at 9:32 a.m., Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins lifted into the skies on the greatest adventure in modern history; the first trip to the moon.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2009
ISBN: 9781415964736
Characteristics: digital,stereo,Digital recording
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Additional Contributors: McGonagle, Richard

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Mar 15, 2019

Since this is an audio book, I don’t know how it is organized...I assume there are 3 parts. If so...
Part I. Lead up to Apollo 11 taking off. 4 stars.

Part II Back history on all things rockets and the Cold War. US, Germany and USSR.

In this part, the author hasn’t met a list he doesn’t like. This section could be shortened by a third, if his editor cuts his lists. Easy to skim while reading the book, tougher to listen to. The author also likes long quotations and is a long poem needed? And then this part gets bogged down with data and technical information. This was also NOT in chronological order, so the back and forth of decades wasn’t smooth. 1 star.

Part III. Fantastic. Launch and what happened after Apollo 11 took off. Solid 5 stars.

Apr 30, 2013

I enjoyed the narrative, and the plethora of long quotes from participants of the Apollo 11 mission and some of the rocket scientists who made it possible. I continue to be amazed at the sheer gumption that took NASA from rockets failing on the pad to the creation of a tiny oasis that carried three men through the vacuum to the moon and back home again. In this divided time, I almost long for the shared national vision and sense of wonder that they all must have felt, even if it was ultimately only a manifestation of the Cold War. Only three stars because I found out, quite by accident, that the book is riddled with tiny errors of the esoteric variety that only true aficionados would notice. I didn't hear anything that I knew to be wrong, but knowing they were there ruined a little of my enjoyment.


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