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Rocket Boys

Narrated by: Beau Bridges
Series: Coalwood [Abridged], Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
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In this uniquely American memoir, Homer "Sonny" Hickam beautifully captures a moment when a dying town, a divided family, and a band of teenage dreamers dared to set their sights on the stars. Looking back after a distinguished NASA career that fulfilled his boyhood ambition, Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking listeners into the life of the little mining town and the boys who came to embody both its tensions and its dreams. After watching the Soviet Satellite Sputnik streak across the sky, Sonny and his friends took their future into their own hands, changing their lives and their town forever. With the help, and sometimes hindrance, of the people of Coalwood, West Virginia, the Rocket Boys learn not only how to turn mine scraps into rockets that soar miles into the heavens, but how to find hope in a town that progress is passing.
©1998 Homer J. Hickam, Jr., All Rights Reserved (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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  • 06-11-2017

Amazing.

If you are considering listening to this book, consider no longer. Start listening right now.

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  • Travis
  • 04-01-2005

Hard to put down

A great story about how people can come together to accomplish something far greater than than the pursuits of an individual. It also helps you appreciate how we can impact the lives of others. Basically, we can build people up or tear them down. Enjoy the story, but reflect on the greater meaning.

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  • Avi
  • 28-10-2009

Great book. Disappointing audio quality

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a story of adolescence, of rocket science, and of life in West Virginia mining towns. Beau Bridges' reading is brilliant. Unfortunately, this is only available in Format 2 audio and it sounds like it is being read over an intercontinental phone line. Also, I was disappointed after listening to the book to realize that it is an abridged version. Despite these shortcomings, it is highly recommended!

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  • Jason
  • 08-01-2003

Highly recommended!

A very incredible, inspirational story about a young man and his dreams, life in a small town, and relationships.

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  • Mathias
  • 05-10-2017

Fantastic book

A fantastic book about adolescent and a love for science and technology in a little town of Coalwood

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-2016

It skips pages from the books

Very frustrating. Not sure if it's a problem with downloading but full pages were not read by the narrator.

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  • Tong
  • 28-09-2010

dose not have the full story as the books

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