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Carrying the Fire Audiobook

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys

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Publisher's Summary

In Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of the adventure of reaching the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative description of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

©1974 Michael Collins; foreword copyright 1974 by Charles A. Lindbergh; Preface to the 2009 edition copyright 2009 by Michael Collins (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Collins tells what his space journeys meant to him as a human being [and] discusses the role of man amid the multitudinous mechanical marvels.... Profoundly affecting." (The New Yorker)

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    Yon 07-10-17
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    "Not a boring moment "

    I was a little skeptical about the narrator but decided to risk it because of the content. The narrator grew on me though and I enjoyed the performance. And Michael Collins is a fun, down to earth author. It was nice getting to know him through this book.

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    Frank Turner 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo!"

    By far the best astronauts account of what it was like. I've read dozens of astronauts biography, but Mike Collins was outstanding.

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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-16-17
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-16-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book for Apollo Fans"

    Michael Collins is not only a great pilot and astronaut, he is a great writer. His autobiography of his life through his Gemini and Apollo flights (and shortly thereafter) is informative, frank, and often pretty funny. It is really great to hear what happened from the "seat of the pants" point of view.

    His experience on Apollo was pretty unique, because he was left alone in orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the moon and explored it for the first time. Collins' anxiety about his colleagues is palpable, even when written after the accomplishment. From the perspective of many years, I think many of us take the Apollo achievements for granted. Collins makes clear just how uncertain success was.

    I also enjoyed his description of his decision to leave NASA. He is clearly a very talented guy who could succeed at any number of occupations (which, in the end, he did).

    Great book.

    The narration is good, but not great.

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    "Easily one of the best Apollo era books I've read."

    The detail put into this book is wonderful. I wad really able to transport myself mentally into the book and feel like a part of it. The writing is very nice and the narration is excellent.

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    JURANDYR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09-07-17
    JURANDYR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09-07-17
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    "Such a Beautiful Book by a Beautiful Human Being"

    This book is a great source of information and delightful trivia about the first Moon manned exploration mission, it's preparation, and the life of one of the worldly renowned trio that accomplished it, its author, Apollo 11's Columbia Command Module Pilot, Astronaut Michael Collins.

    I've already read/listened to several books on the United States' Space Program, all very good reads indeed, and I find it very hard to rate them in order of preference, but I must say that Mile Collins has a great talent as a writer, and Carrying the Fire truly is a masterpiece of this genre and subject.

    I loved listening to it, from start to end.

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    Thomas Shih-Chyr City, Taiwan 08-10-17
    Thomas Shih-Chyr City, Taiwan 08-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best astronaut memoirs"

    Probably my favorite history from NASA's astronaut class, beginning with Air Force, through test pilot training, astronaut acceptance, Gemini 10, how he was removed from Apollo 8, and moved to Apollo 11. Told with detail and humor. A great listen.

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