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  • Rise of the Rocket Girls

  • The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
  • By: Nathalia Holt
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

In the 1940s and '50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an insightful history of what women can accomplish

  • By Katherine on 10-25-16

Loved everything about this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

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I had no prior knowledge about these women or that their job functions existed. It was so amazing to hear about their professional lives and how dedicated they were to their work. Wonderfully written and read!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Stroke of Insight

  • By: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent description of stroke experience

  • By Polyhymnia on 09-26-09

Amazing story of rebirth!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

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I loved the entire book but can see how some listeners may not have been interested in all of the book. I was amazed at her description of the brain and what happens during a stroke. It gave me incredible insight into the brain's inner workings. I also loved that she was able to come into her life with a new perspective and make some amazing changes.