I am a big fan of the Apollo space program, so when I saw this one unabridged on Audible (keep those unabridged books coming, Audible), I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, Schirra's Space is a bit light on the details and a bit heavy on the "Gotchas," or practical jokes the astronauts played on each other. The jokes are fun to read about, and have their place, but they are a bit self-aggrandizing and add too much fluff. I expected a bit more from Wally Schirra, the only astronaut to fly in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. Perhaps he is saving his best flight stories for later.
I enjoyed the book and found it inspirational. I had 2 problems with the book. 1. The villains are a bit too unrealistic and cartoonish. 2. It bothered me that several sentences at the end of Chapter 47, when talking about Ayrton Senna, the author borrows a little too liberally from the book Illusions by Richard Bach.
This book is the real deal. I can't believe I've never heard of the Jeanette Expedition before. Fantastic story, very well written.
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