The Astronaut Wives Club

  • by Lily Koppel
  • Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.
Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.
As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

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So-So Story, Painful Performance

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Far less individual perspective than I expected. Several flat out errors of fact which made me very suspicious of the material I was less familiar with. Valentina Tereshkova was not pregnant at the time of her flight. Don Eisle was not fired from NASA. Items such as these made me question the research that went into this book.


How could the performance have been better?

The performance was truly painful. I cringed each time the reader mispronounced Gus Grissom's name. It is NOT pronounced GriSHam. Gus gave his life in the service of his country. At least give him the respect of pronouncing his name correctly.

The male accents were similarly painful to listen to. If the reader had simply used her own voice for all the characters it would have been far less annoying than making them all sound like characters out of Tobacco Road.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Great ideal for a book but failed to live up to its promise. The wives certainly had a unique perspective but this book provides very little new information.


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- Steve

Reads like a gossip column

I love memoirs, but this was a huge disappointment. I wanted to know what the wives were thinking, how they felt. Instead I got superficial clothing descriptions and name dropping. I don't care that the someone's son had shimmering, snow white blond locks or what color the swirls were on her paisley dress.

The key pioints in NASA history were glossed over so we could hear about the clothes, the furniture, the mundane stuff. In fact, the Apollo 13 crises was covered in about 3 minutes.

These women came across as mindless, Stepford wives, which I am sure is not true. Even in that time period I'm sure they had thoughts, opinions and feelings. None of that came out. Don't waste your credit.
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- Donna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio