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Tracy T. Kornfeld

Ridgefield, CT United States

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 31 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The All-American Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Walter Cunningham
    • Narrated By Walter Cunningham

    The All-American Boys is a no-holds-barred candid memoir by a former Marine jet jockey and physicist who became NASA's second civilian astronaut. Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and their weaknesses in this dramatically revised and totally updated edition of a book that was considered an instant classic in its first edition over two decades ago.

    Tracy T. Kornfeld says: "Walt Speaks the Truth"
    "Walt Speaks the Truth"
    If you could sum up The All-American Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Interesting, Opinionated

    What other book might you compare The All-American Boys to and why?

    Riding Rockets, Carrying the Fire

    What does Walter Cunningham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing Walt tell his own story, with his little inflections and snickers, along with hearing a very serious voice at times, allows you to really understand his feelings

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How the early astronauts were thrust into the world of celebrity while making government pay and realizing that they could die at any time without having the benefit of anyone offering them life insurance

    Any additional comments?

    Walt at his opinionated best. When this book first was published in the 1970's, it was the first book to feature the astronauts as they really were. His perspective on the space program after he left where we have given so much technology to the Russians is shot from the hip and to the point. I highly recommend the audio book as well as the printed version

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lily Koppel
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.

    Steve says: "So-So Story, Painful Performance"
    "not too accurate"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    it was amusing in parts

    Would you recommend The Astronaut Wives Club to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really because it's not very accurate

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Orlagh Cassidy?

    Someone who knows how to properly pronounce "Betty Grissom"

    Do you think The Astronaut Wives Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs a follow up list of corrections by actually interviewing the original 7's wives instead of using hearsay from other friends and wives. I don't think anyone of the original 7 was actually consulted and their changes adopted

    Any additional comments?

    While somewhat accurate, the book is more a stretch of the facts than accurate

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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