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Thomas

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  • Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth.

    Alan Burchill says: "Great Read"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This book must be really well written, and is well read, given that it was gripping in parts, and overall enjoyable. Why only 2 stars?
    Start with the fact that the first part of the book is great...then you find out that has already been the subject of another book. That has to do with the trip to the moon and his difficulties with depression afterwards.
    The middle is long. There is a20-30 minute section on his wife's past. What does that have to do with anything? Do we reallyneed to hear about all the moon references in his engagement and wedding? The man clearly is so full of himself and his trip to the moon, in some respects it is no wonder he had trouble when he got back.
    The end is one long rambling dialogue about his vision for space travel. Again, 10-15 minute rehash of his testimony to congress. If i want that, i can probably go into the congressional record and read it myself.
    Overall, Buzz comes off as a man who (in his own words) is all about Buzz. Everything is I this and I that. The man made a huge killing off the fact that he happened to be in the right place at the right time. I am a space nut and love all things about Apollo etc, but these guys did not change history based on their actions or decisions like a Roosevelt, Churchhill, or Eisenhower. They were pilots who go to go on the ride of a lifetime. It's no wonder his fellow astraunauts were criticial of him for using his fame.
    This isnot as bad as it sounds, as I actually enjoyed the book and found parts gripping, but by the end, i just felt like saying, get a grip buzz, there are more important things then hotels in space.

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