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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Buzz Aldrin Narrator: Patrick Egan Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words magnificent desolation. And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control's clearance to take off with the quip, Roger. Understand. We're number one on the runway.

The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Evan | 2/8/2014

    " this book was okay but it was boring and very depressing. i expected him to tell a beutiful and amazing adventure of space. but it was boring flat out boring even if you love space don't read it. i cant really say much though because buzz is really old so i dont expect him to be an amazing writer but i just didnt like this book but it did have some good parts "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by David R. | 1/29/2014

    " A complete disappointment. Aldrin's alternating pity parties and name-dropping left me cold. In fact, I found myself rather disliking this childhood hero. I wish I hadn't read the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Darrick | 1/23/2014

    " The most interesting part only took up 10% of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed the chronicles of the space program, and felt a lot of sympathy for Aldrin and the way his life deteriorated after his walk on the moon. The latter part of the book lost my interest as it focused on private space adventures. "

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