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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mezrich Narrator: Casey Affleck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307750778
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Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. 
 
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA—past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways—and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
 
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts—undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut—really what he seemed?
 
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • You won’t be able to put the book down. The story’s far too compelling, and entirely too personal, to toss aside. Oregonian
  • High-octane page-turners, replete with sex, skullduggery, and plot twists worthy of James Patterson. New York Times
  • The book is better; you should read the book. Alex Rodriguez
  • You know you’re onto something when Hollywood calls before your book is even out. Entertainment Weekly
  • Sizzling . . . Mezrich’s pop narrative reveals an American public greedy to read about the most intimate details of the sex, money, and betrayal in Facebook’s formative history . . . energetic. Telegraph
  • Mezrich paints a story of backstabbing, wild sex, hard drinking, and, at one stage, feasting on roasted koala on a yacht owned by a Silicon Valley millionaire. Guardian
  • [M]ovie-worthy treatment to the guy who stole moon rocks from NASA The New York Daily News
  • [An] in-depth look at Thad Roberts, who along with three other NASA interns, stole pieces of lunar rock to impress his girlfriend. Mezrich has done extensive research to recreate the story of how an aspiring astronaut ended up getting caught for stealing over 100 pieces of the moon. The Atlantic Monthly
  • [Mezrich is] a genius at using characters and dialogue....to turn nonfiction into something as compelling as any thriller. The Chronicle Herald
  • In Sex on the Moon, author Ben Mezrich details the riveting account of how one of the most improbable heists in history went down....a fast and furious read, powered along by Mezrich’s desire never to take his eyes off the story. Chicago Post-Tribune
  • Mezrich has uncovered another high-stakes, fascinating true story....part love story, part madcap caper, part astro-geekery, the book is one of the summer's most fun reads. NPR
  • Out of this world heist...one of the summer's most buzzed-about books CNN.com
  • Page-turner....engaging read. San Antonio Express-News
  • Ben Mezrich, the gonzo-inspired biographer of Ivy League geeks.....[brings us a] stranger-than-fiction, true-life thriller of a man who went where no man has gone before....[the] story ticked all the boxes: a charismatic dreamer with a troubled past, a Romeo-and-Juliet love story, a geek-alicious high-tech setting, an ingenious Oceans 11-style heist—and perhaps the most boneheaded mistake any man ever made to impress a girl. Even better, it was a journalist’s Holy Grail: a truly uncovered story. Book Page
  • Deliciously readable Baltimore Jewish Times
  • "Ben Mezrich goes to incredible lengths to bring readers a story that is both accurate and spellbinding, honest and riveting Portsmouth Wire
  • A pulse-pounding tale Patriot Ledger
  • This is the incredible story of a crime truly out of this world, told with verve by Mezrich News of the World
  • Compelling Atlanta Jewish Times
  • [E]nthusiastically re-creates this oddball 2002 moon-rock heist Kirkus Reviews
  • Uproarious . . . stimulating enough to keep even the un-medicated narcoleptic awake. Washington Times
  • Mezrich’s prose has a cinematic flavor. Boston Globe
  • [A]n out-of-this-world heist USA Today
  • "Ben Mezrich’s latest straight-to-the-big-screen book....fascinating protagonist.....[Mezrich is] an accomplished storyteller.....a rollicking summertime page-turner crackling with sex, astronauts, stolen dinosaur bones and international cyber-intrigue The Miami Herald
  • A breathless, credulous style....memorable supporting characters....adventure, sex, romance, a hero who is equal parts Clifford Irving from The Hoax, Frank Abagnale from Catch Me If You Can, and George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life,....entertaining The Boston Globe
  • [A] thrilling account of space rock heist...fun, breezy action Tampa Tribune
  • "Eloquent prose and a direct view into the characters’ mind...the access to Roberts and re-creation of his motivation and personality are Sex On The Moon’s best qualities. The Onion

    "[A] fascinating story....has the readability of popular fiction, a ripping story, and great characters....Another winner from an extremely talented writer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uwe Windhoven | 2/19/2014

    " overly romanticized, immensely readable tale of a genius dumb-ass. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julianne Dunn | 2/11/2014

    " I really wanted to get into this book and I was sorely disappointed. The premise is so exciting but I could not get engaged with the characters or the story. I had to force myself to finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/11/2014

    " It was quite interesting to learn more about NASA and their co-op program, though I wonder how much of the information in the book was true. It painted the man behind the heist in a very positive light, and made it sound as though he'd been given a raw deal pretty much his entire life - I suppose it could be true, which made me kind of sad, but since most of the information in the book came from interviews with him, I had some doubts about the validity of the information. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 2/10/2014

    " Fasinating story of how a NASA college co-op manages to steal a bunch of moon rocks. Great story, not the best writing, enjoyed it in spite of the quality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/30/2014

    " Sex on the Moon is a weird story. I enjoyed it. It is a good example of the truth being stranger than fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy L. Campbell | 1/28/2014

    " Two stars and a waffle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene Beringer | 1/26/2014

    " I just cannot believe this guy was that stupid to throw his promising career away! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shari | 1/19/2014

    " I couldnt get throught it... All the Nasa info didnt interest me. Dissapointed it didnt grab me more!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jobi | 1/17/2014

    " That was a crazy story! A very warped perception of love and self. Casey's tone was oddly perfect for this stoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Holiday | 1/3/2014

    " Interesting, kind of drawn out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayle | 12/18/2013

    " Amazing. Every few chapters you have to stop yourself and take a deep breath in realization that this is a true story. Fantastically written and utterly engaging from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella | 12/4/2013

    " Listened to in the car on CD. Read by Casey Affleck - I'm on the fence re: whether he did a phenomenal job. The book is interesting - a little arrogant at times, a little unbelievable at others, but overall a good read. Amazing what crazy things people are capable of for all the wrong reasons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl Nudds | 10/4/2013

    " Very interesting. Almost read like fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kasey B | 10/1/2013

    " it was ok - didn't get all the way through it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/30/2013

    " The story of how an excommunicated Mormon young man devised the NASA heist of the century. The author really allowed me to understand how someone with so much potential and such an ardent desire to be an astronaut could have wrecked his life so spectacularly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 3/6/2013

    " eh, this could have been better presented as a magazine story. there's a degree of detail that adds nothing to the story except length. the author spent hundreds of pages illustrating the mind of Thad Roberts, who wasn't at all a complicated individual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryJS | 3/4/2013

    " 9/30/12. Thad Roberts is a prime example of a sociopath. Bigger than life, can't imagine that he'd get caught, unable to empathize with those he harmed. An interesting book but the poor Thad ending is an affront to all of the people he harmed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/24/2012

    " You MUST read this book. It is one of the best I have read this year. Happy New year to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/9/2011

    " I enjoyed this book alot and couldn't help but root for Chad the whole way. He was definitely a bit misguided but hearing the whole back story was really interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T. Carter Ross | 11/23/2011

    " It is a pretty fast-paced story of a life gone wrong, then made right, then really wrong. Drawn from a single person's perspective, I'm not sure how truthful every aspect of the tale is, but it is a interesting read and does offer some insight into a part of NASA that is rarely seen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizzie | 8/16/2011

    " I hated the main character and had trouble reading the book because of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 7/21/2011

    " Just could not get a grip on this book. To me it seemed quite juvenile and shallow. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T | 7/19/2011

    " This was interesting and a fast read, but nothing really great beyond that. I'm willing to bet, howeve, that wheels are in motion to make this a movie. On a non-literary note, the guy was an idiot and got what he deserved. I'm not so sure he deserved to be celebrated in his own book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 7/12/2011

    " I've won this book in a goodreads contest. I've heard great things about it, and I'm dying to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 7/5/2011

    " Based on an Advance Reader Copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 7/3/2011

    " Fun read, but celebrates a thief who was clearly controlling the way the story was told.

    It helps that I read The Psychopath Test before this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/11/2011

    " This book was really cool. How can I be a giant space nerd and not know about a huge moon rock heist? And that the most famous meteor in history was stolen? I'm kinda ashamed. And very entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Armando | 5/25/2011

    " the story is very interesting, and funny. It reads like a biography as well as a novel. the reader learns a lot about NASA. I do agree that the punishment was too severe. "

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Author Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which was the basis for the hit movie 21, as well as the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia.