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In the Shadow of the Moon tells the story of the most exciting and challenging years in spaceflight, with two superpowers engaged in a titanic struggle to land one of their own people on the moon. Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their families, technicians, and scientists, as well as rarely seen Soviet and American government documents, the authors craft a remarkable story of the golden age of spaceflight as both an intimate human experience and a rollicking global adventure. From the Gemini flights to the Soyuz space program to the earliest Apollo missions, including the legendary first moon landing, their book draws a richly detailed picture of the space race as an endeavor equally endowed with personal meaning and political significance.
©2007 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"French and Burgess present a first-rate, detailed, and very personal account of the space race to the moon…. Strongly recommended." ( CHOICE)
"This book has everything you ever wanted to know about the astronauts that paved the way for the first Moon landing." ( Liftoff)
" In the Shadow of the Moon truly captures the spirit and culture of those who won the race to the Moon." (Dave Scott, commander of the Apollo 15 mission)
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By John on 10-05-16

There Are Better Choices

This is a somewhat interesting, but rather odd book. There is not a lot new here in the story of the U.S. race for the moon. There are more comprehensive and better told books, particularly Andrew Chaikin's A Man on the Moon. The book covers only the Gemini program and Apollo, but only through Apollo 11's landing on the moon.

The book is valuable in that it offers some coverage of the Russian efforts that are missing in other books. From that point of view it is interesting. The book also offers in depth looks at some of the lesser known astronauts. However, the authors go overboard. For example, the in depth reporting of Donn Eisele's marriage, divorce and remarriage offers way too much extraneous detail. It seems as though the authors felt compelled to report everything on it because Eisele's first and second wives were both willing to give long interviews. The main points--that astronauts were normal people facing common problems, and that astronauts in Cocoa Beach had a lot of temptations--could have been made with far less distraction from the main story line.

Before you buy this book, make sure you can stand the narrator. The narrator speaks with a pronounced Midwestern nasal accent. This especially comes through when he is narrating the voices of the astronauts. Every astronaut it seems, even Charlie Duke from North Carolina, sounds like they come from rural Minnesota or Wisconsin. It is an 18 hour book, and the narration becomes very distracting, to put it kindly.

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By Mat J Monk on 07-29-16

worst narration of anything I've listened to yet

the story overall was pretty interesting but the narration really detracted from the story. the narrator's performance was like listening to automatic weapons fire with very few breaks to allow for pausing the playback at a convenient place to continue it later.

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