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Strange Angel

The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Now a CBS All Access series: “A riveting tale of rocketry, the occult, and boom-and-bust 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles” (Booklist).

The Los Angeles Times headline screamed: ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSION. The man known as Jack Parsons, a maverick rocketeer who helped transform a derided sci-fi plotline into actuality, was at first mourned as a scientific prodigy. But reporters soon uncovered a more shocking story: Parsons had been a devotee of the city’s occult scene.

Fueled by childhood dreams of space flight, Parsons was a leader of the motley band of enthusiastic young men who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a cornerstone of the American space program. But Parsons’s wild imagination also led him into a world of incantations and orgiastic rituals - if he could make rocketry a reality, why not black magic?

George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. Peopled with such formidable real-life figures as Howard Hughes, Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius.

The basis for a new miniseries created by Mark Heyman and produced by Ridley Scott, this biography “vividly tells the story of a mysterious and forgotten man who embodied the contradictions of his time . . . when science fiction crashed into science fact. . . . [It] would make a compelling work of fiction if it weren’t so astonishingly true” (Publishers Weekly).

©2005 by George Pendle. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excelent!

Interesting story although somehow fast-paced. An specially wonderful narration. I also recommend the CBS All Access series by the Same Name.

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Finally on Audible!

If you like the CBS All Access Show, Strange Angel, you're going to love the book. Imagine if Elon Musk took up Magick and you'll have an idea of who Jack Parsons was. Also a great addition for those who love Los Angeles history.

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  • 07-30-19

loved it

a very interesting story. very well read. keeps the listener engaged and entertained the entire time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-19

amazing

Great book. Enjoyed the whole story. if you love magic or rockets it's a must have