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I bought Reach for the Skies, partly because I needed a 'quick fix' to get me through to my next credit and also because I admire the man. He is a man of my time and we share a timeframe thus there are many connections through ideas developed during the shared years. This is always a good start and him narrating was a bonus.
There is little doubt Sir Richard knows his stuff and he takes us through the great experiments of flight with passion and connectivity. Of course you couldn't be Branson unless there was an opportunity to promote his brand and it is well evident but the connections to his tales work in a way that did not make me feel as if I had paid for a Virgin commercial. Tight, short and tinged with pathos, we discover insights about pioneers that are a worthy listen.
Sir Richard of Virgin, I salute you for your tale telling and unabashed but sensitive promotion.
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A great and engaging audio book about air travel, ballooning, space travel, the environment and adventure.
This is an enlightened account into what the troubles and lives have gone into improving the technology to fulfil our dreams of flight and going into space. Richard tells us the names of the known and lesser known people, that thought up plans and ideas or was given the job of flying these planes ,experimental balloons or dropping from space, in order to go beyond the limits of the knowledge and technology at the time. To go beyond, touching the edge of space and highlight a possible prediction of heading towards the moon for a business trip in about 2020. To highlight just what went into our ability to go half way around the world for a two week holiday. This also is peppered with the personal adrenaline spiking moments that Branson has experienced flying the various aeronautical machines in his lifetime.
If you want to have a taste of who these pioneers were that sail close to the wind. Then this is the book for you.
Richard, I wish you luck in your trials in getting your Deep Submarine and Space Ventures to success and eventually finding time to get your Pilots Licence.