Terrific book and narration. I enjoyed this audio book immensely. I wish there were more audio books in this vein. (Aerospace).
I have read other Apollo/NASA books but this one stands on its own. Really enjoyed the discussion of the "space race" and the engineering feats it took to take the US to the Moon first. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in what it took to get to the Moon.
You know the story, but the people behind it are the crux of this book. It might be overly technical, but I found it particularly enjoyable since I missed the event on television due to a pesky little war going on at the time.
It's amazing what man can do when they set their minds to it. This really shows how the first astronauts were just regular people with the spirit of adventure. I was amazed to learn how the Government ruined the lives of Neil and Buzz after they achieved such an amazing feet. From a technological stand point, It is truly incredible what NASA did with less technology than what we have in our smart phones. This book also kind of made me realize just how political the space race was and it helped to explain why we haven't been back to the Moon in over 40 years. I for one think we should be setting up a permanent station on the moon before we focus on Mars. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Historical books and for people that like books about overcoming incredible odds to achieve greatness.
Sat in my car more than a few nights after I pulled up to the driveway just so I could finish the chapter.
Fascinated by WW2 Military History
This book provides a fairly good account of the Apollo 11 moon landing with fairly good main character development (Aldrin, Collins and Armstrong).
I'd say that it can be a bit dry at times and you may find yourself a little bored during some sections, the last few chapters are quite good. If you haven't read Gene Kranz's "Failure Is Not An Option" I would encourage you to begin there as it's a much better telling of the entire NASA program from Mercury to Skylab and into today. I highly recommend it.
Overall, I'd say it's worth a credit.
If you're a space nut this is the book for you. However, even for a space nut like me I only gave it 4 stars. The main reason is the many annoying inaccuracies - like constantly calling the moon a planet! Even with these problems the book does provide a lot of detail about the race to the moon. Probably too much detail for somebody with just a passing interest.
The bright point is the narration. The book itself is a real snoozer; a collection of quotes and numbers that somehow manage to turn an exciting adventure into a dull mush. I stopped listening about an hour before the end.