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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam, Homer Hickham, Tom Stechschulte Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Coalwood Series Release Date:
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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. 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…It's a good bet this is the story as he told it to himself. It is a lovely one, and in the career of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., who prevailed over the facts of his life to become a NASA engineer training astronauts for space walks, that made all the difference.”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Unforgettable…Unlike so many memoirs, this book brings to life more than one man's experiences. It brings to life the lost town of Coalwood, W.Va.”

    USA Today

  • “Hickam has a great story to tell…Rocket Boys will certainly strike a nostalgic chord in anyone who grew up during the early days of the space race, but its appeal goes beyond that…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…Perhaps we all have something to learn from a half-dozen boys who dared to reject all limitations…and resolved to send dreams roaring to the sky.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • 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 by Nicki Hutchens | 2/20/2014

    " Pure American nostalgia - I cried at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 2/17/2014

    " Great story. OK style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/16/2014

    " I love a good story about small-town America and the triumphs of people who dare to dream. Inspiring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsay | 2/13/2014

    " Listened to this Audio CD... I think it was abridged, so I will have to read the book. It was fantastic. It also was neat to read while living in West Virginia. It gave me new perspective about the state. The movie (October Skys) is great too! "

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