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The Space Race

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Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

A century ago very few people dreamed of space travel. 

Today it is the most daring and technologically sophisticated quest ever undertaken, being driven not just by government agencies such as NASA and ESA, but also by visionaries such as Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic), Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin). 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, this major documentary-drama series charts the definitive story of the past, present and future of humankind’s exploration of space. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew (Golden Globe-nominee, Emmy-nominee, Orange Is The New Black, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Nemesis) The Space Race uses archive, original interviews, dramatic reconstructions and first-hand accounts to tell the story of mankind’s first amazing steps off our world towards the future of our civilisation. 

With unprecedented access The Space Race gives listeners access to Virgin Galactic’s space programme in the Mojave Desert, features conversations with Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Sergei Krikalev, Tim Peake and numerous key players at mission control, and pulls back the curtain on untold aspects of the space-exploration story. 

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  • Cog
  • London, UK
  • 23-07-19

Fascinating, intelligent and insightful

Fifty years on from the moon landing, and the subject of many Hollywood movies, early space exploration is in danger of being mythologised. The Space Race takes it back to basics with an engaging, intelligent mix of eye witness accounts, original newsreels and fact based dramatisation.

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excellent work.

enjoyed this book ,a cross between factual and speculation of future space travel. Worth a listen .

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Not bad but skip the first chapter

Most important: Skip the first chapter. The first hour has little to do with the historical space race, but seems to be an 'America to the stars! (again)' piece of propaganda talking about the future of space exploration, and how America - with a little nod to other countries - deserves to rule space. This would have been much better placed at the end as a final chapter, but no - it's at the beginning.

The rest of the audiobook is pretty good - Mulgrew is a competent reader, the dramatisations are well done, and the mix between live-action, interviews, and historical dialogue is well done and not confusing - an ever present worry.

There is some repetition in places where a particular point is being hammered home, and once you get past the initial chapter there's a heady mix of national history starting with the V1 - not much of it is sugar-coated; Von Braun's Nazims isn't glossed over, and America's Vanguard TV-3 embarrassment is cheerfully remembered.

Yeah, worth a listen, but by its nature, probably not a recurring one.

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Interesting and enjoyable

I love learning about space and found this audio book very enjoyable to listen to.
I love learning about experiences and I liked the interlinked story of how things may develop in the future and potential scenarios.

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Easy listening but a little light on content

I enjoy anything serious about the history of space. This book provides a good arc across the decades from rocket development in WWII to future missions to Mars and beyond. However, it is quite light on content in many places, perhaps because it is trying to be so comprehensive. As a result it lacked the detail to make it a really great book. Also the narrative is padded out by scenes played out by actors at various moments in history. They drag on a bit sometimes in the loquacious way that American speakers often labour a point. More substantive content would have been appreciated. If you know your space history well, then this might fill in the odd gaps, especially the more recent stuff involving potential issues with long range space travel. The narration by Kate Mulgrew is enjoyable and has the right pace. The fictional trip towards the end set in the future on an interstellar starship is possibly a little fanciful, though it does throw up some interesting notions of the reality of such travel. Overall an interesting listen though not the best I have heard on individual topics like the space shuttle. But a good introduction to the topics and a nice refresher of some of the headlines from Wernher von Braun working for the Nazis before being squirrelled away after WWII by the Americans through to the present time and collaborative space exploration between nations and between governments and commercial ventures.

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Educational, entertaining and a good listen

very much enjoyed this book. it taught me a lot about the history behind the space race and how nations cooperated to achieve so much. some great characters brought to life by the cast and narrator.

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Good overview of the space program

Overall its a decent summary of the space race, with great production quality. Includes many historical figures voices, quotes, speeches, mission comms etc, only marred by a few "just too long" silences and Kate Mulgrew`s highly individual take on the pronounciation of NASA as Nasarr, which was a little irritating at times. I do enjoy these kind of Audible productions, they are a welcome break from a single narrator in the usual type of audiobooks I listen to. I`m about 75% of the way through and would recommend it to anyone wanting a refresher or good introduction to the timelines; the absolute genius of the scientists, engineers and specialists,the sheer guts, lateral thinking, and ambition to achieve is a welcome reminder of mankinds ability to reach for the stars and succeed, even though the authors were ever so slightly aggrieved they were mostly white men.

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  • David Pick
  • 23-07-19

A blend of past and future prediction space travel

Listened to all 10 chapters because of Kate Mulgrew as narrator. And to hear what they all cover. They do a thorough job of covering the space race between the U.S. and former U.S.S.R. But the story gets a little far out with the future prediction with human space travel. Overall, a worth while listen.

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  • B. Janssen
  • 24-07-19

It’s NASA not Nassau

I enjoyed learning more about this inspiring time in history but the technical problems in this audio book are very disappointing.
1) The primary narrator does not know how to pronounce the name of the space agency that is the focus of this book. I find that lack of quality control very disappointing from an Audible production.
2) There is a huge gap in the story during the telling of the Apollo 13 saga - it ends after the creation of the air scrubbing device and picks up well into the next mission. It almost seems like they left out part of the script.

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  • JB
  • 06-08-19

Ok

Overall, ok. Too many ad libs and theatrics from bad actors. Stick to the history next time.

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