• Footprints in the Dust

  • The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975
  • By: Colin Burgess, Richard F. Gordon Jr
  • Narrated by: Jerry Longe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-21-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Following the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, as NASA prepares to return astronauts to the moon, Footprints in the Dust offers a thorough, engrossing, and multifaceted account of the Apollo missions. The flight of Apollo 11 was a triumph of human endeavor, persistence, and technology, one of the greatest achievements in human history. This book begins with the mission that sent Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to the moon, then follows American spaceflight through the harrowing rescue of Apollo 13 before moving on to the successful joint Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures in the space program, the authors convey the human drama and chart the technological marvels that went into the Apollo missions. They also put the accomplishments of American spaceflight into historical context, examining the competitive space race with the Soviet Union, the roles of politics and personality in launching the mission, and the consequences, practical and profound, of this giant leap for mankind.
©2010 the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By d_francis on 02-13-15

Meh

Beginning was fantastic. Second half was rather boring list of dates names and not much about the actual program just what people did after it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-04-15

Doesn't translate to Audio

[I am not all the way through this book.]

I'm 2 hours in and about to abandon this; it does not appear to translate to an audio format. The paper book is only available as hardback and appears to be a decorative / coffee table type book that is part of a series focused on the photography and global events that went on during this period of the American space program.

There have been some interesting parts on the space program, BUT - out of two hours of listening it seems that at least 60% has been about the impact that was had on others during this time period as they saw the moon landings occurred. This includes; (i) a future American astronaut, (ii) a Czech citizen, and (iii) US military personnel detained in Vietnam at the Hanoi Hilton.

While these sidebars are culturally relevant, they are a major part of the audio program and are not reflected in the description provided by Audible. Further, they are just jumped into - I find myself wondering what is going on and what the tie in is to the program.

Again, at an early point in the book it does not appear to be well fit for an audio format and I would not recommend it. I am now about to start skipping chapters to see if there is more context elsewhere in the production.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nico on 06-25-15

Requires a broader interest than just the landings

If you like detail and background information then this book, for the most part, has a lot of it. Everyone will probably enjoy a few chapters at the very least but, on the other hand, it is also true that everyone will probably dislike a few chapters.

It would seem the chapters are written by different authors. Some authors concentrate on the technical, some on the people involved, whilst others write purely from the point of view of an observer of the events.

On the whole I enjoyed this book a lot but, being British, I found it very difficult to overcome a narratory style more akin to a cheap American documentary. On the plus side this style of narration made the technical subject matter very easy to follow. On the down side (for me at least) it made the less technical and more observational very dreary to listen to.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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