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Quite an amazing and thorough telling of the historical stumbles, strides and political gambles taken toward the goal of being the first to conquer air and space!
It is fascinating to learn in more detail about the beginnings of modern rocketry and how it's brain trust defected to the United States out of Nazi oppressed Germany.
I was particularly tickled to see such attention given to Edwards Air Force Base and the X-15! My grandfather worked on camera systems for the X-15 project and worked for the NACA when it transformed into NASA. He was even bestowed an inconel plaque for his service.
This was a truly wonderful book and I eagerly await more from the deep knowledge and exacting research of its author.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. I bought the book (paperback) for my father, and he's loved it. I would absolutely recommend the book, audio or hardcopy, to those who might be at all interested in the subject matter.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Words were mispronounced, the enthusiasm and word stressing was all over the place. She gave it a good effort, but I got the sense that she wasn't quite following the story, she was just reading it line by line.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Breaking the Chains of Gravity?
Amy's writing style is thankfully neutral and very easy to read. Her research and telling of this fascinating story reward the reader with a well-woven history lesson that connects the dots from early rocketry to the formation of NASA. I thought I knew a lot on this topic but once I started reading, I couldn't put it down as all the hidden back stories were being revealed.
What about Laurence Bouvard’s performance did you like?
The narration was fine - no complaints. Despite a few curious pronunciations (NaSAW, BARvarian) I was never taken out of the experience of absorbing the information in the book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Fascinating early history of the space program, but finishes up a bit suddenly, more please.
An interesting insight into the history of space flight pre Apollo. A sadly understated piece of history brought to life in great descriptive story-telling.
Loved all of the little details, some I knew, some I didn't. A real pleasure to listen to and learn from.