Already a renowned chronicler of the epic events of world history, James A. Michener tackles the most ambitious subject of his career: space, the last great frontier. This astounding novel brings to life the dreams and daring of countless men and women - people like Stanley Mott, the engineer whose irrepressible drive for knowledge places him at the center of the American exploration effort; Norman Grant, the war hero and US senator who takes his personal battle not only to a nation but to the heavens; Dieter Kolff, a German rocket scientist who once worked for the Nazis; Randy Claggett, the astronaut who meets his destiny on a mission to the far side of the moon; and Cynthia Rhee, the reporter whose determined crusade brings their story to a breathless world.
"A master storyteller.... Michener, by any standards, is a phenomenon. Space is one of his best books." (The Wall Street Journal)
"A novel of very high adventure...a sympathetic, historically sound treatment of an important human endeavor that someday could be the stuff of myth, told here with gripping effect." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Space is everything that Michener fans have come to expect. Without question, the space program's dramatic dimensions provide the stuff of great fiction." (BusinessWeek)
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Solid Michener, Ponderous and Laborious Narration
Typical Michener, starts at the beginning of time, goes on until present day. Well researched, technically correct in depth. Solid storytelling with a grand sweep.
Getting behind the scenes with his fictitious (but representative) astronauts. Also, the very strong thread of NASA's preoccupation with public relations and creating a narrative that the U.S. population will swallow, ostensibly to keep the public funds flowing. Also, the fraudulent preacher/intellectual was a great character.
Anyone. The narration was astoundingly slow and ponderous with noticeable pauses after almost every sentence. I nearly returned the book when out of desperation I put my iPOD on 2x playback speed, which in fact sped things up to about a normal cadence.
If you like Michener, and you can stand the remarkably slow and laborious narration, go ahead any get it.
Good book but the audiobook needs revision
I had already read SPACE years ago and enjoyed the book. I am glad that It is finally out on audiobook. The narration by Larry McKeever is a little slow and robotic but at least it is understandable. One glaring mistake by the narrator is that he repeatedly calls the mission that first landed man on the moon "Apollo Two" instead of "Apollo Eleven". Perhaps the Roman numerals used in the text confused him? This should be corrected.
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