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    • Rocket Boys

    • The Coalwood Series, Book 1
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 421
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 426

    The New York Times best-selling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir - a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space... and who made those dreams come true. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a marvelously entertaining chronicle of triumph.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Endearing Memoir of the Early Space Race

    • By Paula on 10-03-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Carrying Albert Home

    • The Somewhat True Story of a Woman, a Husband, and Her Alligator
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando, where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed, and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Delightful!!

    • By Sharon on 03-01-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Ambassador's Son

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    It's 1943 and the Americans and Japanese are fighting a deadly war in the hot, jungle-covered volcanic islands of the South Pacific. The outcome is in doubt and a terrible blow has fallen on American morale. Lieutenant David Armistead, a Marine Corps hero and cousin of the President of the United States, is missing and some say he's gone over to the enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow and his ragtag crew are given the assignment to find Armistead, though not necessarily to bring him back alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hickam is Hilarious!

    • By Richard on 04-21-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • From Rocket Boys to October Sky

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Since the publication of the #1 bestseller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam listeners and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal, Chis Cooper, Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a movie made about your life?" and "Why are the book and movie different?" and "Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years?" The answers to those questions and a lot more are in Homer Hickam's new audiobook From Rocket Boys to October Sky.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable account of the story becoming a movie

    • By G. Eggleston on 01-02-18

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Far Reaches

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    The year is 1943 and World War II in the Pacific rages on, with Americans engaged in desperate battles against a cunning enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow is on hand at the invasion of Tarawa, as the U.S. Navy begins the grand strategy of throwing her marines at island after bloody island across the Pacific.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great follow on to the series

    • By Carroll on 09-08-11

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Crescent

    • A Helium-3 Novel, Book 2
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Crescent is a crowhopper - a genetically modified mercenary programmed for ruthless warfare. When she’s taken prisoner by Crater Trueblood instead of being killed in battle, she thinks it’s a disaster. Crater is weary of war. He’s a miner, not a soldier. He’d rather be mining Helium-3 than battling the infernal crowhoppers. But after he captures Crescent and brings her to Moontown, he’s surprised how much he enjoys her company. When she’s falsely accused of murder, he becomes an outlaw to help her escape.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun & easy: perfect for tweens, teens, and adults

    • By Jase on 07-12-14

    Regular price: $19.49

    • Rocket Boys

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Michael-Che Koch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
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    Für die einen ist Sputnik nur ein heller Fleck am Himmel. Doch Sonny bedeutet er die Welt. In der tristen Bergarbeiterstadt Coalwood gibt es für ihn nur zwei Möglichkeiten: Entweder er erhält ein Football-Stipendium am College oder er fristet sein Dasein in der Kohlemine seines Vaters. Doch Sonny hat eine Mission: Er will eine Rakete bauen. Gemeinsam mit seinen Freunden wagt er es, seine Zukunft in neue Bahnen zu lenken.

    Regular price: $7.85

    • Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company

    • A Helium-3 Novel, Book 3
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Crater Trueblood has to rescue his ex-girlfriend... and the entire human race. Maria Medaris - gorgeous, powerful, and high-maintenance - is the 21-year-old matriarch of the most powerful family on the moon. When she is kidnapped by green-lipped, gene-splicing scientists, Maria's only hope turns out to be the very man she once spurned: Crater Trueblood. Crater and the Lunar Rescue Company must rescue Maria before she joins forces with the lunatics who have taken her hostage and aim to make her queen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good conclusion to the trilogy

    • By Eric on 04-30-15

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Keeper's Son

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    On the outer banks of the Carolinas in 1941, fishermen and a few lonely sailors constitute the human population. Dominating the rough yet beautiful landscape is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, run for generations by the Thurlow family. But Josh Thurlow, the lighthouse keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of a small Coast Guard patrol boat. Tortured by twenty years of guilt for losing his brother at sea, Josh still searches for him.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, horrible narration!

    • By Robert on 02-12-04

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Crater

    • A Helium-3 Novel
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    A mining colony on the moon. A teen sent on a deadly mission. And a secret bigger than two worlds. It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth. Sixteen-year old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun easy listening

    • By Jase on 07-12-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Rocket Boys

    • By: Homer H. Hickam Jr.
    • Narrated by: Beau Bridges
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    In this uniquely American memoir, Homer "Sonny" Hickam beautifully captures a moment when a dying town, a divided family, and a band of teenage dreamers dared to set their sights on the stars. Looking back after a distinguished NASA career that fulfilled his boyhood ambition, Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking listeners into the life of the little mining town and the boys who came to embody both its tensions and its dreams.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to put down

    • By Travis on 01-04-05

    Regular price: $16.80

    • The Coalwood Way

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    about growing up in a town that’s slowly fading away.

    Homer and his close buddies, who call themselves the Rocket Boys, are high school seniors in 1959. Their rocket building experiments amaze the locals, thanks to top-quality moonshine for fuel, “liberated” materials, and Homer’s self-taught understanding of higher math. But no matter how brilliant their experiments are, they can do little to help preserve Coalwood’s way of life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great but narrator a bit weak

    • By Paul C. on 03-20-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Paco: The Cat Who Meowed in Space

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Homer Hickam recalls his first years as a NASA engineer, while also telling the story of his fluffy black and white cat Paco, who had the magic ability to make people smile and give them hope. But when Paco was struck down by a disease that left him unable to walk, Hickam was faced with a terrible decision, let his beloved cat live in misery or put him to sleep. Before that decision could be made, the space mission Hickam was working on needed to be rescued and there was only one sure way to save it: Paco's magic meow!

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • And I'm Being Generous

    • By Gillian on 02-05-14

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Dinosaur Hunter

    • A Novel
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today's American West expect it---and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like Craig Johnson? You'll like this, a good story

    • By Cheryl on 01-05-11

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Sky of Stone

    • A Memoir
    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    In the summer of '61, Homer "Sonny" Hickam, a year of college behind him, is dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny can reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother is spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny's father, the mine's superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man's death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mr Hickam is a great story teller

    • By Paul C. on 12-12-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Cielo de octubre [Rocket Boys]

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Alberto Santillan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Uno de los best seller más apreciados de los últimos años, es una memoria americana única. Una historia poderosa y llena de luz sobre cómo era crecer a finales de la década de 1950, es también la historia acerca del amor de una madre y de los temores de un padre, de lo que es crecer y marcharse. Con la gracia de un narrador por naturaleza, Homer Hickman recuerda su vida después de una distinguida carrera en la NASA para relatar su propia historia sobre cómo se crió en un agonizante pueblo minero de carbón....

    Regular price: $39.92

    • The Otherworldly Spirit of John Glenn

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    We’ve lost the last of the Mercury Seven astronauts, the prodigious test pilots chosen to be the first Americans to fly into space. In the 1960s, nearly every American youth could list them: Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, Cooper and Slayton.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • The Coalwood Way

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: David Lansbury
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    From Homer Hickam, retired NASA engineer and the author of Rocket Boys and Back to the Moon, comes this touching memoir of life in a mining town in 1950s West Virginia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One for the books

    • By Mark on 03-27-04

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Albert Vuelve a Casa [Carrying Albert Home]

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Alberto Santillan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Una historia emocionalmente evocadora acerca de un hombre, una mujer y un caimán es un emotivo tributo al amor, del autor best seller del New York Times de las galardonadas memorias Rocket Boys: la base de la película Cielo de Octubre. Elsie Lavender y Homer Hickam (el padre del autor) eran compañeros de clase en la secundaria en los campos de carbón de West Virginia, graduándose justo cuando comenzaba la Gran depresión.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Una historia muy interesante.

    • By Columbia Pete on 10-27-16

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Red Helmet

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    In this hauntingly beautiful and romantic novel, he brings alive the little Appalachian town of Highcoal and a people dedicated to mining coal according to the old ways while struggling with modern problems - illegal drugs, environmental destruction, and a world economy that threatens their very existence. Song Hawkins is a beautiful, tough, but lonely New York City businesswoman who thinks she's met the man of her dreams in Cable Jordan, the superintendent of a West Virginia coal mine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Homerun hit

    • By Eric on 04-07-09

    Regular price: $27.99

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