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  • Space

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 37 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

James A. Michener tackles the most ambitious subject of his career: space, the last great frontier. This astounding novel brings to life the dreams and daring of countless men and women - people like Stanley Mott, the engineer whose irrepressible drive for knowledge places him at the center of the American exploration effort, and Norman Grant, the war hero and US senator who takes his personal battle not only to a nation but to the heavens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but the audiobook needs revision

  • By Paladan on 10-03-15

Narration is fine. Story is thin.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Ignore the whining about the narrator, he is fine. Michener, as usual, did his homework to deliver a backbone of historical facts surrounded by his fictional characters and their stereotypical soap opera lives. It is the balance of these two things that is frustrating to me. In a novel of over 37 hours, I would much more prefer to hear about the historical facts, than the fantasy lives. For example, the whole history of the space shuttle is whittled down "the tiles were an engineering embarrassment, and there was a successful first launch", that is then followed by twice as much material about two fictional characters - one, a gay son of a Nasa administrator living at a ski resort, and the other a musician composing his own twists on Christmas music. Way to much superfluous drivel.