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In Their Own Words: The Space Race; the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions Audio CD – Abridged, April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: In Their Own Words
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Topics Entertainment; Abridged edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591502403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591502401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The History On The Move collection by TOPICS Entertainment is an ongoing series of high-quality audio volumes chronicling the most profound events of the past. Look for other exciting titles in the History On The Move library including In Their Own Words--Vietnam and The Old West Collection available on both cassette and compact disc.

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This audio presentation of NASA's Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs will delight aerospace fans who think they've heard it all before. Well-crafted mixtures of narration, music, and sound accompany the abundant recordings of working astronauts' transmitted voices during the triumphs and trials of early space travel. Mistakes and accidents never published in the popular media add surprise, suspense, and tragedy to a history book like no other. A nail-biting hour is devoted to the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered an onboard explosion traveling to the moon and only returned to Earth by the skill and resourcefulness of the engineers who sent it there. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"In Their Own Words: The Space Race; the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury Missions" is a fascinating audio documentary of the Space Race presented on seven audio CDs with a bonus documentary DVD. The discs are organized chronologically: disc one is devoted to the Mercury program, disc two to Gemini; disc three covers the early days of Apollo, disc four is devoted to the triumph of Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing, disc five deals largely with Apollo 12, disc six deals with the problems of Apollo 13, and disc seven deals with the remainder of the Apollo program.

On balance the information is covered well, and requires no prerequisite knowledge to enjoy the CDs. I think the amount of time devoted to the different discs is just about perfect except disc seven which jams Apollo 14, 15, 16, and 17 all on one CD. I found the pacing and narration to be good, but unquestionably the best part of the set is the original NASA audio tracks which tell the story better than any narrator could. My only other minor critiques of the set would be the occasional music which tends to attempt sensationalization (the actual events are dramatic enough without the music,) and the pace of disc one, which is occasionally a bit slow, although that may just be my personal bias, as I find Mercury to be the least interesting of the American space programs.

The bonus DVD features several old NASA documentaries from the 1950s and 1960s, and is a great addition to the set. The footage is interesting, and though something of an Apollo completist, I had not seen some of the material before.

This is a great introduction to the space race: the focus is on Apollo, as it should be, but the contributions of Mercury and Gemini are not glossed over. I recommend this set, especially for people wanting a general overview of the lunar space program.
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This series is packed full to the brim with missions as they're happening. There are so many moments that I listened to in my car where I started to get really really nervous that something bad was going to happen and then so relieved when it didn't. Some people think the narrator is a tad over dramatic. Perhaps a little, but he doesn't get in the way of the actual missions, and that's where the good stuff is. Also, the DVD is great! Wonderful footage from an interesting time in history.
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This is an excellent product, the commentator keeps the listener informed with back ground information regarding all the missions. Very well done, excellent listening to as well. I have not had a chance to check out the DVD yet but I would imagine it is just as superb as the CD's For those of us who lived in that era and to those who were not born yet, all would benifit from this product. Excellent educational tool as well.
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Listening to these recordings between astronauts and Mission Control brought back those childhood feelings of amazement mixed with uneasy anticipation at hearing, "10...9...8.."

Well told, with just enough narration to help keep the story together, the only downside is the overly dramatic background music, which was often way over the top. If you can ignore that, then you'll enjoy this!
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By Jeff on August 21, 2014
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Excellent recording, clips and insight into America's Space Race
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More About the Author

Few of us have a chance to do what we really love and get paid for it. After years of working in many industries, including television, new media, academia and others, I have been blessed with the rare opportunity to write books. I hope you enjoy them.

Like many of my generation, I was enthralled by the flights of Mercury, Gemini, and especially Apollo. As those ghostly images came down from the moon, improving on each flight, I stayed home from high school to savor every moment the networks were willing to show us (at the expense of the daytime soaps, which eventually won the airtime battle). Viking landings and journey of the Pioneers and Voyagers to the outer planets followed shortly thereafter. As I grew older and matured into a career and family life, fond memories of NASA's "Golden Years" stayed with me. Then came the opportunities to write and produce TV documentaries about the space program, and now eight books.

Of my recent titles, one of the most exciting has been "Innovation the NASA Way" (McGraw-Hill Business Education, 2014). There are so many wonderful stories to be told about NASA's accomplishments, and I've been overwhelmed with the positive reviews and press coverage. I've also had the good fortune to give a number of keynotes and speeches to various organizations, and the reactions have been thrilling. People in business love NASA and their adventures when presented in a way that they can appreciate and benefit from, and that's now a key part of my own mission: to bring these lessons home to the rest of us.

This is a thrilling time for space exploration and I hope to share this excitement with many more readers.