I have read most of what Card has written and this is one of my favorites. I enjoyed the exploration of what humanity is and what sacrifice for humanity may require. The readers are excellent and I recognized them from the Ender's Game audio book so I was thrilled to see them doing this one also. Though this book is somewhat different than his other books, it still explores the human condition which is a favorite topic of Cards. I thought the characters were more developed than some of his other books. I cared about them a great deal and felt their pain as they struggled to make decisions that affected all of humanity. I enjoyed the thought experiment of what does it mean to change history at the cost of your own history.
As someone who has read a lot about the Apollo program, this was a good but not a great book. It does not compare, for example, with A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin. It struck me as a book written to take advantage of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Still I found the narrative interesting and learned a few things I didn't know.
However, it was clear the narrator had not lived during this time, and I was disappointed the author/publisher did not vet the narration better. The narrator would occasionally mispronounce words, such as the name of Wally Schirra or the pronunciation of the "Agena" rocket. He also did not always know which abbreviations were pronounced as acronyms and which were spelled out. When he would quote the astronauts directly and try to mimic their voices, the pitch of his voice would go up some, which I thought sometimes made Neil Armstrong sound like a teenager. Overall somewhat disappointing.
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