Rocket Boys

Author(s): Homer Hickam
Original Publish Date: Mar 08, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100135166
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442343320
Narrator/s: Tom Stechschulte
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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space...and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph—at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.

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Author(s): Homer Hickam
Product Number EB00157686
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: #9780440333876

Professional reviews

"NASA engineer Homer Hickam recalls how building rockets in the wake of the Soviet launching of Sputnik changed his life. Tom Stechschulte reads with a nostalgic tone and a hint of West Virginia accent, delivering the details of life in a coal town in a voice that reflects the author's humor, fondness for the people and events of the story, and youthful na•vetŽ. Stechschulte's voice also excels in the dramatic moments, such as the mine tragedy and Homer's father's illness. Stechschulte even accomplishes the rare task of making the process of learning calculus sound exciting. As Hickam recounts how his rocketry goals fueled a passion for learning and brought his town together, his story has lessons for kids and parents alike. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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