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Carrying the Fire

An Astronaut's Journeys
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon.

Fifty years later, it is still one of the greatest achievements in human history.

In this remarkable memoir, a defining classic, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humour of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his involvement in Project Gemini and his first spaceflight on Gemini 10. He presents an evocative picture of the famous Apollo 11 spacewalk, detailing the joys of flight and a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins is the utterly absorbing and truly compelling classic account of what it was like to be a member of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

©2019 Michael Collins (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Second time around.

I first read this as a young 15 year old in 1975.
It made an impression on me then and has done so again in 2019.
A remarkable story of adventure grounded in the science and determination of getting man to walk on the surface of the moon.
It also goes into post moon landing and how the famous 3 led their lives in the wake of this world changing event.
I’ll be back for another read. I’ll probably not wait 44 years next time though.

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Brilliant

I thought this book would be too long to hold my interest. I was wrong.

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Moonstruck and Spellbinding

The story of the early Apollo missions through the eyes of Me Charl Collins. An astonishing achievement and hard to believe that it happened 50 years ago

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Fascinating.

A truly fascinating account of Michael Collins career and journey leading to him being on the Apollo 11 Mission to land and walk on the Moon with a real insight to the NASA space space program from the start of the book right through to the finish.
I always had doubts they actually put a man on the moon in 1969 but not anymore.
Brilliantly written.
Respect to everyone involved at and with NASA and the Lady's sewing and gluing the space suits!
Amazing!.

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Real life rather than bulldust

One of those books that make me feel I understand a little bit more. The flashes of information we get as kids that don't hang together properly and here are some, knitted together for us. Very satisfying.

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Sitting on the shoulder of giants

This is my first review on Audible. I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this audio book as it was rightly regarded as the leading memoir of the life of a NASA astronaut. I feel compelled to encourage anyone who has an interest in the subject to listen to this outstanding memoir. It was initially published in 1974 so his experiences and the level of detail were still fresh. This book felt like you were sitting on Michael’s shoulder and travelling with him through his adventures. This book is refreshingly honest for a person who had only recently departed NASA and his personal views of his fellow astronauts were very enlightening.

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Another Triumph

Taking you inside the mind of one of the historic three that went to the moon in July 1969. No major love lost between the three came out of this book... But an understanding of what they were doing and how to get it done. Great listening.

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Fantastic insight into Apollo 11

This is a engrossing journey into life and path taken by Michael Collins which led to being the command module pilot for Apollo 11. This gives fascinating insights into the thoughts, experiences, emotions and drivers of the first travellers to the Moon and the technical, engineering and personal challenges of the mission. Sets a high bar for astronaut memoirs.

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Simply incredible.

I do not have the vocabulary to properly do this book justice other than it is written beautifully, honestly and it’s left such a lasting impression. Probably one of the best accounts of anything I’ve ever read (listened to). So much so I’m going to buy the hard cover to own so I can give it to people to read.

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A piece of history by the person closest

I liked the easy and calm way he tells his journey. I liked the narrators voice. I would have preferred Michael Collins voice but it does not detract. I would recommend the book to everyone, it shows how a man that has done so much can be genuinely humble. Fantastic