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The Astronaut Wives Club Audiobook

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

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Publisher's Summary

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Lily Koppel (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Hillary Koenig South Carolina 02-09-17
    Hillary Koenig South Carolina 02-09-17 Member Since 2013

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    "A look into their lives"

    I got lost with so many different people coming in and out of the scenes sometimes, and the ending seemed a little abrupt to me, but overall this book satisfied my curiosity which actually started with seeing some of the TV show that aired a while back. Being a Space Coast girl, I grew up feeling a connection to NASA and the shuttle launches were something I literally viewed from my backyard. I witnessed one disaster in my lifetime, and hearing what they went through, especially in the early years with no system of support... I can relate to it with my current life with a service member.

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    David M. Schlom Red Bluff, CA 01-18-17
    David M. Schlom Red Bluff, CA 01-18-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Travesty"

    How the hell do you F this up? By having a narrator that can't pronounce Grissom. I can't possibly listen to this. What kind of quality control, or lack thereof, allows this kind of fundamental error. Zero stars. Great story. Good book. Narration is pure garbage.

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    Blake Coonrod 11-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good overall. not super intense. a little sad"

    stats out a little slow but keep going the background makes the second 2/3s better. great reader

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    eleigh 12-04-15
    eleigh 12-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read"

    This book offers a great untold intimate perspective of the space age as well as the change of culture throughout the late 50s and 60s.

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    Blake Annapolis, MD, United States 05-24-17
    Blake Annapolis, MD, United States 05-24-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Starts with a Bang But Ends with a Whimper"

    I wanted to enjoy this book after reading so much about the astronaut's stories. The underlying promise of the book, a tell-all about the little-known marriages of the early astronauts, is introduced but not delivered fully. We learn that shenanigans were widely practiced but the impact on the marriages is discussed from too high an altitude. We learn the marriages were troubled but the author didn't get enough information to chronicle the declines. The narrative falls off the tracks when the author introduces each new group of astronauts, expanding from the original Mercury 7 to include so many couples that they all are treated very superficially. The narration doesn't help the effort by delivering the words in a sarcastic-lite tone. The narration falls flat with very poor execution of male voices. If you're a moon-race reader, you will probably enjoy the first quarter of this book, but what you'll learn is that many of the Mercury and Gemini astronauts fooled around with "Cape Cookies" and most of the marriages ended in divorce. You won't learn much more.

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    Red 10-30-16
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    "Poor performance of a lightweight story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really time well spent. I stayed with it hoping the book would eventually take off. But it never left the launch pad.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lily Koppel before, how does this one compare?

    First book by Lily Koppel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is bad. Really bad. Cassidy speaks as if she is reading a bedtime story to a three-year-old with a soft, almost baby talkish voice. All the female characters sound like she's trying to do an impression of a floundering South Carolina beauty pageant. All the men, even John F. Kennedy and Wisconsinite Jim Lovell, sound like John Wayne. <br/><br/>She mispronounces basic words, including "Grissom," which she pronounces as "Grishman."


    Did The Astronaut Wives Club inspire you to do anything?

    Not buy another book by Lily Koppel.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for an actual inside look at what it was like to be the wife of an early American astronaut, this is not your book. There is little insight into, say, the experience of being a close witness to some of the biggest events in human history or how the wives raised children in a fishbowl of world attention. Instead we mostly get detailed descriptions of what each wife wore to every tea and photo shoot and how they were constantly hounded by the media. <br/><br/>Serious events like the death of a child and the suicide of one of the wives are glossed over in, literally, one or two sentences. Even the near-disaster of Apollo 13 is passed through as if it were almost a routine flight, with more attention paid to the fact that Jim Lovell named a crater on the moon after his wife than on the fact that three astronauts were nearly killed and were saved only by the extraordinary skill and luck of NASA engineers and the astronauts themselves.

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    mander1383 Colorado 09-14-15
    mander1383 Colorado 09-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "HERstory - a different look at astronaut life"
    If you could sum up The Astronaut Wives Club in three words, what would they be?

    chitchat, insight, yesteryear


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the TV miniseries and decided to listen to the book for further insight and detail. Indeed, the book goes beyond the first 7, plus a few. The wives stories are interesting - their background, their own sacrifices, and how this unusual life affected them and their families. Kopel tells their stories as a friend would - adding in some fluff and some drama.


    What three words best describe Orlagh Cassidy’s performance?

    Learn to pronounce!


    Any additional comments?

    As a millennial, I have no first hand experience of the space race, the feminist movement, or cultural life 50 years ago. My parents were young in the 60's and don't remember everything. My knowledge is gained through books and movies because our history teachers did a poor job. I am appreciative of books like this that give a first hand account.

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    Joyce Baldassarre BROOKHAVEN, PA USA 09-08-15
    Joyce Baldassarre BROOKHAVEN, PA USA 09-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Astronaut Wives Club to be better than the print version?

    Loved the book, loved the mini-series. I want to learn more and more about these women and their husbands.


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    Benigno 09-06-15
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    "Choppy, Confusing, Yet A Good Book"

    First of all, too many characters. Even at the very few chapter, I couldn't keep track of all. But at least the story was well done but a bit confusing and about every paragraph would another story. Overall the plot was good and I cam recommend it to anyone.

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    brenda richmand 08-18-15
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