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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Beau Bridges Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1998 ISBN: 9780743548489
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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. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a marvelously entertaining chronicle of triumph. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thoroughly charming memoir…[An] eloquent evocation of a lost time and place.” 

    New York Times

  • “[Hickam] is a very adept storyteller.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Unforgettable.” 

    USA Today 

  • “Hickam’s recollections of small-town America in the last years of small-town America are so cinematic that even those of us who didn’t grow up there might imagine we did.” 

     Philadelphia Inquirer 

  • “A stirring tale that offers something unusual these days…a message of hope in an age of cynicism.” 

    San Diego Union-Tribune 

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 2/20/2014

    " OMG this book almost made me cry! I usually get tired of coming-of-age stories but this one hit home. I don't know, maybe it's the poverty, or the rockets, or his friends. but the story of how he became what he is now is truly amazing. It kinda gives me hope for my own future. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " Good memoir of a boy growing up in a coal mining town at the start of the rocket age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Grace | 2/13/2014

    " i am not very far but... i love it so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/27/2014

    " Homer Hickam is a great storyteller and really gives you a sense of the time and the town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel R. Greear | 1/15/2014

    " Easily one of the best books I've ever read. The movie is one of my favorites and this book is fantastic (maybe even better than the movie). Rocket Boys epitomizes the American Dream in my opinion and it proves that you can do anything you set your heart to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronen | 1/15/2014

    " Amazing book, it truly did inspire me to build rockets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesli | 12/25/2013

    " Excellent read. I saw the movie when it came out, but never got around to reading the book. Hickam is an EXCELLENT storyteller. I don't think I have laughed so hard while reading non-fiction ever. I kept cheering the boys on even knowing the general story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/20/2013

    " I'm no rocket scientist, but I enjoyed this book. It's a very well-written look at a small coal-mining town and explores family relations, friendships, 1950s life, and oh rocketry. And it's true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 03jarredm | 12/8/2013

    " October sky is a good book problem is it is dry and doesnt have very intrest or maby thats just my opinion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/4/2013

    " Why can I not give this book more than five stars? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 10/31/2013

    " This book is really cool! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 3/9/2012

    " This was a really neat book. I loved that they used all of the scientific words and taught the reader what they meant while at the same time sharing the great story of the other things going on in Sonny's life in Coalwood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Palmer | 9/30/2011

    " Great book. It's hard to find a book that's a true story and suspenseful like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summerfly | 5/4/2010

    " I was shocked to find I couldn't wait to get home each night to read this book. I didn't expect to like it at all - it had all my usual "NO" points - Country hicks, Politics, etc, and yet...I couldn't stop reading. It really has been one of the highlights of the recent months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 11/20/2009

    " This memoir was the basis for the wonderful film "October Sky." I've read three of Homer Hickham's books, and they're all great, part coming-of-age stories, part snapshots of a bygone era in America's recent history. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelsey | 9/4/2009

    " It was really hard to turn the next page, haha, but it kept me busy, that's for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kait | 9/16/2008

    " Really good. Kinda makes you wonder what it would've been like to grow up back then in a small town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 7/14/2007

    " This was not one of those books that entertained and drew me in, but it was interesting nevertheless. It just took a little "This is the only book I have to read" push to get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndy | 10/29/2006

    " Excellent! Loved it! Think it is worthwhile reading for us older folks and insprining for the younger set! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annessa | 5/31/2006

    " This is probably a 3.5 star rating. It is definitely worth reading as it very clearly brings you into a mining town in the 50s. For that perspective alone it is fascinating, I also enjoyed the boy's imagination, a young engineer looking at the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 10/4/2005

    " I loved this book and couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P | 2/13/2005

    " Audio Book, October Sky is one of my favorite movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tia | 11/24/2003

    " Love the was this man writes. Interesting to read about coal miners and I always wonder: why would anybody want to be a miner? But,of course, it's because of your dad's a miner and you were born & raised in a mining town. October Sky was the movie made from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/27/2003

    " Wonderful memoir of boys growing up in a dying Appalachian coal-mining town who are driven to learn science and math because of their obsession with rockets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon newson | 3/18/2001

    " All American story of achieving your dreams.The descriptions of small town life in the coal mining mountains of Virginia was interesting but maybe on reflection it was all a bit too syrupy.a good read nonetheless. "

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