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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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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, 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.

Updated with a new preface to celebrate 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.

©2017 Tantor Media Inc., a division of Recorded Books (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"No other person who has flown in space has captured the experience so vividly." (New York Times Book Review)

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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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Utterly Superb!

Brilliant read / listen form start to finish. At times incredibly personal, always honest, this is easily the best account of the Apollo (and naturally 11 in particular) that I have ever read. At times the 1970s gender role comments sound out of place in 2019 but it was written in a different time. A must-read account of ridiculous bravery and invention. Collins strikes me as a genuinely nice bloke!!

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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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Wow Wow Wow.

At last we have a book that’s enthusiastic about this truly historic achievement. It’s not boring by any means. The narration is excellent. Collins is overlooked by many , I don’t know why, their history upto this point is just as daring. I have read many books on space etc this is the best by far. I’m keeping this one.

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Fantastic

I’ve read most of the books relating to the Apollo missions but this has been my favourite. Collins writes with honesty, genuine (not false) humility and wit. He has the ability to convey complicated technical aspects in a way the lay person can understand. Obviously society’s view of women has evolved in the last 50 years so you cannot criticise the occasional, slightly chauvinistic passage... In all other ways this book is practically perfect.

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Gripping

Excellent narration of an epic story told with dry, engaging, wit. A tour de force.

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Well written and very impressive

Michael Collins is an excellent author and provides an impressive insight on his life and NASA career. His account of Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 provide details that can only be explained by someone who lived through them...

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Exceptional.

This is a remarkable book by a remarkable man. Articulate, informative, utterly unique and descriptive and full of wit with a twist. You will not be disappointed buying this audiobook. Michael Collins is still inspirational.

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A classic

Excellent narration and, of course, one of the greatest stories of all time. Covers all the important bits of the space program.

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Long but unique. A cult

Reasons to read : 1) story of one of the very biggest achievements of humanity 2) lots of anecdotes and insights on the early days of space exploration 3) very deep reflections on the meaning and purpose of space exploration for Collins and world at large