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This story was an excellent quick history of both the Russian and American space programs. The main theme of the story about the astronauts who were stranded on the International Space Station after the loss of the Columbia shuttle in 2003; I found fascinating.
The side tracks the author made on the history of the program gave a lot more insight into the differing mentalities of the American and Russians Astronauts.
The only detractor to this book, for me, was that I felt that the author got overly flowery in describing certain scenes, but that is not often.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better idea of what it is like to be an astronaut.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Some of this book's tone may be described as overwrought - but in a good way. I just plain loved it. The stories, the descriptions and even all the adjectives took me back to the heady excitement and drama of the early days of the "space race," even with the steely-eyed, too-good-to-be-true astronauts. The book was diverting, thought-provoking (I loved the idea of the large and larger concepts of home), exciting and well narrated. If you remember Apollo and Mercury, you will like this book. And if you don't remember them, you need to read this book!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I quite enjoyed this Audiobook about the dangers of Space. The story of the Astronauts mindset during one of the biggest disasters in NASA history....the disaster of the Space Shuttle was something I pondered about. just imagining being in Space and being told about your colleagues deaths due to a fault ie foam debris striking the shuttle causing damage that so called ' experts ' decided it wasn't enough to worry about came back big time to bite them in the ass.
I quite enjoyed the narrator in this title who kept the story flowing without making it dull and tiresome to listen too. I'd highly recommended this title for anyone interested in the story and mindset of not just the Astronauts but the other people of NASA and the wife's and families during the sad time of the disaster.
Well researched and written. Slightly dry delivery. Some edge-of-the-seat moments. Highlight for me was the Soyuz return. Recommended to listen in 1-2 hours blocks.