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Publisher's Summary

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) - a breathtaking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a PhD. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR

Dennis Quaid is renowned for his distinct portrayals in both comedic and dramatic roles over the past forty years. Quaid can next be seen in Roadside Attraction's faith-based film I Can Only Imagine which will be released on March 16, 2018.

Dennis most recently stared in Crackle's auctioneering drama The Art of More on which he also served as an executive producer. On the big screen, he was recently seen starring in Universal's A Dog's Purpose as well as in the fact-based drama Truth. He will next begin filming the third season of the BAFTA award-nominated television series Fortitude and recently completed production on Lionsgate's Kin with James Franco.

Quaid began to gain attention in the late 1970s for roles in such films as Breaking Away before gaining public and critical acclaim for his role in the 1983 release The Right Stuff. Other notable credits include The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Traffic, Vantage Point, Frequency, The Parent Trap, and Soul Surfer. For his role in Todd Haynes' Far from Heaven he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. In 2010 he was nominated for numerous awards including a SAG Award®, an Emmy© and a Golden Globe© for his portrayal of Bill Clinton in the TV Movie, A Special Relationship.

©1979 Tom Wolfe (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 02-08-18

Righteous Book, Righteous Narrator, Righteous MEN!

I can't say when I've had more fun wallowing in such terrific writing, such sassy, let it all hang out narration!
Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff is FINALLY an audiobook, and boy has it been worth the wait, or what?!
Dennis Quaid, who played Gordo in the movie, one of the most likable people/characters you'll ever want to see on the big screen, brings marvelous narration--truly, it's as though he loves the material, respects the hell out of the men (and the wives too)! He knows the book backwards and forwards, gives ya drawls, gives you the monotone of space control, gives you the sneering smile of snide comments. He's what bring Wolfe's wonderful words to life.
And boy can Wolfe write! He takes the technical and brings it seasoned emotion that the layman can bite his nails to. He, and the fighter jocks, bring it all to the edge, push that envelope so far that the reader/listener is on the edge of their seat, waiting breathlessly for that next word, that next wonderfully turned phrase.
15+ hours fly by (or maybe zoooom by like a rocket blasting off) when you're having this much fun listening to men as they dare the unknown, as they try to avoid screwing-the-pooch.
Other than Quaid butchering a French word here and there, this book was absolute perfection, and I do hope Wolfe is soaring with pride that his beloved book was produced with such care and such joy!

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Splendid Narration of One of My Favorite Books


It has been a long wait for the audiobook of The Right Stuff.

I read the Tom Wolfe book right after its publication in the late 1970s. It was great. Being in the Air Force then, I could appreciate Wolfe’s preparation and research for the book, his general accuracy in telling readers about the life of test pilots and astronauts, and his writing style. It was often funny and sometimes exciting, and always interesting.

The movie version was a near-flawless version of the book, and it still holds up. It won four Academy Awards.

I always figured somebody would produce an audiobook of The Right Stuff, since other Tom Wolfe books are sold at Audible, but the years kept adding up.

Well, the wait has been worth it. The depth of talent in the movie was ridiculous - like the 1927 Yankees - lots of people from the movie could have narrated it. Dennis was probably my top choice. He played the role of astronaut Gordon Cooper. He even spoke the last words on camera in the movie.

Quaid’s narration is superb. Hearing it was like reading the book and watching the movie again. It was funny hearing him speak words and phrases which he had spoken in the movie, such as “Star Voyager.” He mastered the Tom Wolfe style so well, you would think Dennis was telling his own favorite stories about pilots and astronauts.

I rate this one A-Okay.

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Great story, well worth your time

I read this years ago and was thrilled to see it available on Audible. The story and the writing really hold up, even though some of the descriptions of the “groupies” fall hard across the ear today. This glimpse into the early years of the space program is fascinating and enlightening and well worth a listen.

I went back and forth about Dennis Quaid’s narration, it was energetic and engaging but somewhat choppy and distracting. It never felt like he was at ease with the experience so I had trouble relaxing into the story the way I can with other narrators.

I came close to returning this at the beginning because of the narration, but was ultimately glad I listened to the end. I think you will be too.

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Great story, weak narration

Tom Wolfe's story is amazing. Unfortunately, Dennis Quaid, a fine actor who was great in the movie, slurs and mushmouths his way through much of the narration, especially at the beginning. Actors are often not good narrators.

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Dennis Quaid was the wrong choice

This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, but listening to a drunk Dennis Quaid reading it has made it an ordeal. Slurring, weirdly cadenced, and often mispronounced, it's like listening to an intoxicated uncle reading from his diary. Not at all up to industry standard. I know Quaid was in the movie, but he's just awful. This was a poorly spent credit.

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Great book

This books is so informative regarding the early days of space flight. Dennis Quaid is so-so reading the book.

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Love Dennis Quaid but man what a mess.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Bought this title because I loved the Right Stuff film and I'm a huge fan of Dennis Quaid. Unfortunately, Quaid mumbles, stumbles over words, mispronounces and sometimes sounds like he's intoxicated during his reading of the book. There is no swagger just sloppiness. Skip this one.

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Wordy as hell

Definitely had it's moments, but good hell, this book is wordy. At times the author spends way too much time describe minute details. Book is probably 10 hours too long. Dennis Quaid is a great actor, but a rough listen, needs more finesse less gargle.

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Great Story

I never saw the movie but I knew the gist of it. I jumped into this because I wanted to hear about a few of my heroes and how they became astronauts. The stories were great but two parts really stick out in my mind. The first is the unflappable faith the test pilots have in the machine. Failures cannot be the machine's fault. It is always the pilot's fault. The second is the image toward the end. I would have loved to see Chuck Yeager walking on the riverbed with Neil Armstrong talking about the test flight. Oh to be a fly on that wall.

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Lives up to, and exceeds all expectations.

Big fan of the movie for a long long time. Dennis Quaid is the perfect narrator for the story. Book and performance had me gripped from start to finish. One of the best Audibles I’ve listened to.

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