In the Shadow of the Moon

  • by Colin Burgess, Francis French
  • Narrated by Gary L. Willprecht
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Mat J Monk

Interesting book for space afficionados

I thought this was a really interesting book, and I enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the space program during the '60's. I had no idea of the different problems or situations that they had in the space program. It was interesting to learn about the different personality types that become astronauts, and how they interacted. If you are interested in space, or just enjoy non-fiction, I recommend giving this book a try. I listened to the Audible version and enjoyed the narration.
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- Leslie F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks