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Cheryl McGirr

Cedar Park, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Jeffrey Schwartz says: "A different perspective but..."
    "Couldn't wait to listen a second time"
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    If you could sum up Failure Is Not an Option in three words, what would they be?

    Very Detailed Account


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace is superb. Not a detail left out. Very complete and easy to understand. A priceless recollection of a remarkable man's history, during America's (and possibly the Earth's) most interesting period of time. Most NASA/Apollo type books talk about the perspective from the hot-shot Astronaut (Sorry Jim, Buzz, Neil and Gene). The perspective of mission control was vital to getting a complete picture of the race to the moon. Do not skip this book. It's great for history buffs, leaders, teacher or anyone interested in a genuinely good piece of storytelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to chose from. Most might say the Apollo 11 landing or the Apollo 13 crisis. I'd have to say, the stories of how the men in the MCC pulled together through Mercury to Apollo were all my favorites.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Grounded Heroism


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of the period, the subject matter or just great detailed real-life drama - do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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