A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • by Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016
This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

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The classic chronicle of the Apollo era

What did you love best about A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts?

Chaikin's approach to the book, which isn't a straight history of Apollo. This is not a dry, dusty history, but rather a character-driven exploration of the program, with all of its brilliant successes and heart-breaking failures. Nor is it hagiography. The Apollo astronauts are real people, with all the flaws that that entails, and Chaikin does a great job of capturing their strengths as well as their weaknesses.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Though not a "character" in the literary sense: Pete Conrad. The chapter on Apollo 12 is my favorite.


What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Superb inflection and a recreation of the astronaut's speaking styles. Pinchot's reading was very nicely done and he does a great job of capturing the personalities of the astronauts. He doesn't try to do impressions, though. It is his interpretation of the astronauts, but accurate ones if you've ever heard one speak.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I'm a manned space flight nerd. Your mileage may vary.


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- C. Ubik

The moon missions were amazing

What did you love best about A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts?

As a child growing up in the 60's I experienced the moon missions on TV, and back then they seemed "nominally" great. But now, as an adult, listening to this book, this audacious feat, the details, the human side, all add up to a story that is beyond amazing.


Who was your favorite character and why?

No one astronaut stood out, but the ones with a Texas drawl were my favourites.


What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

Great tone, a "welcoming" story teller.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long to listen to in one sitting.


Any additional comments?

Just as Steve Jobs once said when developing the iPod, "music is transformational", audio books are very much transformational as well. If you have a hobby as do I (building RC airplanes), you can enhance your hobby with audio books. I have been very pleased with this new experience.

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- Rob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: Audiobooks.com