Coalwood [Abridged]

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 153 ratings

Rocket Boys Publisher's Summary

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. After watching the Soviet Satellite Sputnik streak across the sky, Sonny and his friends took their future into their own hands, changing their lives and their town forever. With the help, and sometimes hindrance, of the people of Coalwood, West Virginia, the Rocket Boys learn not only how to turn mine scraps into rockets that soar miles into the heavens, but how to find hope in a town that progress is passing.
©1998 Homer J. Hickam, Jr., All Rights Reserved (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved
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  • Book 1

    • Rocket Boys

    • By: Homer H. Hickam Jr.
    • Narrated by: Beau Bridges
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
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    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

  • Book 2

    • The Coalwood Way

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

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