Not really time well spent. I stayed with it hoping the book would eventually take off. But it never left the launch pad.
First book by Lily Koppel.
The performance is bad. Really bad. Cassidy speaks as if she is reading a bedtime story to a three-year-old with a soft, almost baby talkish voice. All the female characters sound like she's trying to do an impression of a floundering South Carolina beauty pageant. All the men, even John F. Kennedy and Wisconsinite Jim Lovell, sound like John Wayne.
She mispronounces basic words, including "Grissom," which she pronounces as "Grishman."
Not buy another book by Lily Koppel.
If you are looking for an actual inside look at what it was like to be the wife of an early American astronaut, this is not your book. There is little insight into, say, the experience of being a close witness to some of the biggest events in human history or how the wives raised children in a fishbowl of world attention. Instead we mostly get detailed descriptions of what each wife wore to every tea and photo shoot and how they were constantly hounded by the media.
Serious events like the death of a child and the suicide of one of the wives are glossed over in, literally, one or two sentences. Even the near-disaster of Apollo 13 is passed through as if it were almost a routine flight, with more attention paid to the fact that Jim Lovell named a crater on the moon after his wife than on the fact that three astronauts were nearly killed and were saved only by the extraordinary skill and luck of NASA engineers and the astronauts themselves.
chitchat, insight, yesteryear
I loved the TV miniseries and decided to listen to the book for further insight and detail. Indeed, the book goes beyond the first 7, plus a few. The wives stories are interesting - their background, their own sacrifices, and how this unusual life affected them and their families. Kopel tells their stories as a friend would - adding in some fluff and some drama.
Learn to pronounce!
As a millennial, I have no first hand experience of the space race, the feminist movement, or cultural life 50 years ago. My parents were young in the 60's and don't remember everything. My knowledge is gained through books and movies because our history teachers did a poor job. I am appreciative of books like this that give a first hand account.
Loved the book, loved the mini-series. I want to learn more and more about these women and their husbands.
First of all, too many characters. Even at the very few chapter, I couldn't keep track of all. But at least the story was well done but a bit confusing and about every paragraph would another story. Overall the plot was good and I cam recommend it to anyone.
The stories an interesting, but the quick mentions of the names, particularly as the group grew made it hard to follow in audia. Perhaps the conventional book format would be better.
Very informative book that chronicled the story of our early space program. A lot of previously unknown information. I would recommend it although it was difficult to follow who was who outside of the original Mercury 7 wives.
I really liked this book. I love stories about the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo astronauts and anything about the 50s and 60s. This book tells the story of the wives and their experiences and I think it was a great perspective. Some of the revelations are unexpected but not surprising if you think about it. I liked the narrator for the most part. Her voice was good for the subject matter. Great listen!