• First Man

  • The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
  • By: James R. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 10-13-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.2 (159 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch 38-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment. Upon his return to Earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also, as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important authorized biography, misunderstood. Armstrong's accomplishments as an engineer, a test pilot, and an astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen's unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than 50 hours with Armstrong himself) yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over.
In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history's most famous space traveler.
©2005 James R. Hansen (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Rather than overwhelming, this accumulation of details gives flesh-and-blood reality to a man who is more icon than human. With the recent renewal of interest in manned space travel, this book is a must for astronaut buffs and history readers alike." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Tim on 12-13-06

Not great, but pretty good

The book reflects Armstrong's personality: interesting but tends to bog down in detail a little every now and then. The only thing I really didn't like was the narrator changing his voice to reflect the different characters, including women. Wasn't necessary & is a distraction.

Overall, it's a pretty good book.

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By David on 01-15-06

Very Interesting Audiobook

I grew up with the space program and can rememebr exactly where I was when Apollo 11 went to and landed on the moon. This is a very open and honest book about all the good aspects to Neil Armstrong (which made him a great pilot and astronaut) as well as the pieces of his personality that created distance from others including his family members. The added benefit to the download is that unlike the book - you can actually listen to NASA audio of the Apollo 11 and Gemini 8 missions - gave me goosebumps for the actual Apollo 11 landing in July 1969

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