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Publisher's Summary

Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. 

Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA - past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways - and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. 

But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts - undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut - really what he seemed? 

Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven-style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride. 

©2011 Ben Mezrich (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Movie-worthy treatment to the guy who stole moon rocks from NASA" ( The New York Daily News)
"An in-depth look at Thad Roberts, who along with three other NASA interns, stole pieces of lunar rock to impress his girlfriend. Mezrich has done extensive research to recreate the story of how an aspiring astronaut ended up getting caught for stealing over 100 pieces of the moon." ( The Atlantic Monthly)
"Mezrich has uncovered another high-stakes, fascinating true story....part love story, part madcap caper, part astro-geekery, the book is one of the summer's most fun reads." (NPR)

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A 'Page-Turner'

This is a fun suspense-thriller made more interesting because it's non-fiction. Before buying the book I read several reviews critical of the narration. While I don't disagree with these reviewers, I saw the narrator in a different light and, with the exception of perhaps two short moments, I thoroughly enjoyed his telling of the story. The narrator sounds a bit like Bill Clinton (in tone and accent) and I imagined that Thad (the "hero"), given his personality, spoke like that, too. So, in a way, even though the story was narrated from the third person, I could imagine that it was Thad telling the story. All-in-all, it was an interesting and absorbing listening experience and I highly recommend the book (although you may want to sample the narration first).

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Don't let the narrator ruin it for you

Very interesting story. Unfortunately, I'll have to think twice before purchasing anything else narrated by Affleck.

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Good book, horrible narration

This story is very interesting and well written; if I were reading the book it would get a higher rating. But this is the most awful narration I've heard in a long time. He sounds constantly bored by the material and annoyed at having to do this. It really detracts from the book. Too bad - this is an interesting story!

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Good Story; Terrible Reader

What didn’t you like about Casey Affleck’s performance?

Terrible narration. Reader speaks in half tones like a teenager; has no breadth control and swallows the end of his sentences. Affleck should never be employed as a professional reader. His vocal limitations are a distraction from the story. Just because Affleck is in movies doesn't mean he has training. His narration was a real disservice to the book and the author.

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not much sex, but a lot of moon

Another well crafted, non-fiction story about one misguided young man. Narration is so-so, but doesn't detract from the hilarity of it all.

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Interesting but biased and romanticised

This almost reads like a pro-Thad PR fluff piece. While it certainly provides an interesting take into one of the more unique moments in NASA's history - the author's close collberation with Thad to write this book means that it it's far too forgiving towards Thad. Thad has demonstrated he's a clepto who likes to project a version of himself that doesn't exist which undermines the entire point of using him as your primary source - he isn't trustworthy and I have trouble believing the guy. The author chooses to make weird sexual references to other young NASA interns. Could be construed as mysogeny at points. While this is supposed to be from Thad's prospective, it's uncomfortable and very heavy handed. The reader's prefomance is alright - it's just very biased source content. Wouldn't recommend this unless you're a space buff or have specific interest in Apollo.

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Slander.

The main story itself would be ok, but the side story is total crap. I am talking about the persistent lies, slander, and attacks on the LDS church. He devotes an entire chapter to this endeavour at the beginning, and then regularly goes back to it throughout the book. If he would have simply stated that his parents were religious and strict and kicked him out for violating the "no extramarital sex" rule that most religions teach, then we get the point and the rest of the story isn't tarnished by the constant interuptions for his misplaced blame and aggression.

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Excellent book. Casey Affleck did an incredible job narrating. I will definitely recommend this book!

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this is a moving story with great and enthusiaatuc narration by Affleck. highly recommend it

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Fascinating character

What about Casey Affleck’s performance did you like?

He brings the scenes to life. Feels like watching a movie with Thad played by Casey Affleck (in his Bob Ford days). It’s a role right up his alley.

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At first, learning about Thad’s achievements after he decided to become a astronaut, I thought this is like the back story of Mark Watney! I was filled with dread as I listened on, wondering what happened that derailed him from his path to become Mark Watney. In the end I’m still not sure, but it’s a fascinating journey.