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The Right Stuff

Auteur(s): Tom Wolfe
Narrateur(s): Dennis Quaid
Durée: 15 h et 42 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 évaluations)
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Description

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) - a breathtaking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

©1979 Tom Wolfe (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Au global

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  • Au global
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Great History, Mediocre Reading

Dennis Quaid suprised me. Given his starring turn in the film of the book, I had looked forward to hearing his reading. Unfortunately, he was either mis-directed or poorly interpreted. You have to work to get past him, and that's unfortunate.

The book is a great retelling of the space race and the Cold War era, masterfully told and researched by the unparalleled Tom Wolfe. The details, thoughts, conversations, machinations, all of it - gives a broad-eyed vision of the kind of people, doing the kind of things, that led humanity to the moon.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Quaid brings Wolfe to life

Dennis Quaid sets the bar very high for an audible book performance. Truly the right stuff!

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  • Au global
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Mercury astronauts and fighter pilot jocks

Tom Wolfe tells the evolution of fighter jocks from Air Force test pilots into NASA astronauts. It provides personal insight into the lives of the Original Mercury Seven, as well as the daring tales of Chuck Yaeger's historic supersonic flights.

Fantastic narration by Dennis Quaid, accents and all.

  • Au global
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My favourite audio book

I was completely enthralled by the story of the space race and the brave courageous pilots and their wives. I'm not American but found it fascinating from stat to finish. Brilliantly performed by Dennis Quaid too , delivered with much enthusiasm and humour. highly recommended.

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The right stuff

The summary doesn’t do this book justice. Great all round book with this book having the right stuff.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining History

I enjoy history readings. After visiting the Kennedy Space Center I re-watched Apollo 13 with new interest. This was entertaining and historical. I like Denis Quaid as an actor but he sometimes sounded like he'd had a few drinks in this narrative. But it wasn't really a distraction fo me. Just variety in style.

  • Au global
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Great book, enjoyable narration

An intriguing story of test pilots who became astronauts in the dawn of the space race. Tom Wolfe tells their stories in his typical entertaining, vivid and thorough fashion. Dennis Quaid does a great job as narrator though sometimes the wordy passages get the better of him.

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  • Len
  • 2018-04-10

Perfect match!

Dennis Quaid's narration is a perfect match for Tom Wolfe's entertaining and interesting take on the American space race!

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Great retelling

This is a great retelling of the history of the space program in America, told with such clarity and detail one feels as if they were there. Dennis Quaid is the perfect narrator, given the tone of the book. Wonderful stuff cover to cover.

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  • M. Clarke
  • 2018-02-08

Splendid Narration of One of My Favorite Books


It has been a long wait for the audiobook of The Right Stuff.

I read the Tom Wolfe book right after its publication in the late 1970s. It was great. Being in the Air Force then, I could appreciate Wolfe’s preparation and research for the book, his general accuracy in telling readers about the life of test pilots and astronauts, and his writing style. It was often funny and sometimes exciting, and always interesting.

The movie version was a near-flawless version of the book, and it still holds up. It won four Academy Awards.

I always figured somebody would produce an audiobook of The Right Stuff, since other Tom Wolfe books are sold at Audible, but the years kept adding up.

Well, the wait has been worth it. The depth of talent in the movie was ridiculous - like the 1927 Yankees - lots of people from the movie could have narrated it. Dennis was probably my top choice. He played the role of astronaut Gordon Cooper. He even spoke the last words on camera in the movie.

Quaid’s narration is superb. Hearing it was like reading the book and watching the movie again. It was funny hearing him speak words and phrases which he had spoken in the movie, such as “Star Voyager.” He mastered the Tom Wolfe style so well, you would think Dennis was telling his own favorite stories about pilots and astronauts.

I rate this one A-Okay.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 2018-02-08

Righteous Book, Righteous Narrator, Righteous MEN!

I can't say when I've had more fun wallowing in such terrific writing, such sassy, let it all hang out narration!
Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff is FINALLY an audiobook, and boy has it been worth the wait, or what?!
Dennis Quaid, who played Gordo in the movie, one of the most likable people/characters you'll ever want to see on the big screen, brings marvelous narration--truly, it's as though he loves the material, respects the hell out of the men (and the wives too)! He knows the book backwards and forwards, gives ya drawls, gives you the monotone of space control, gives you the sneering smile of snide comments. He's what bring Wolfe's wonderful words to life.
And boy can Wolfe write! He takes the technical and brings it seasoned emotion that the layman can bite his nails to. He, and the fighter jocks, bring it all to the edge, push that envelope so far that the reader/listener is on the edge of their seat, waiting breathlessly for that next word, that next wonderfully turned phrase.
15+ hours fly by (or maybe zoooom by like a rocket blasting off) when you're having this much fun listening to men as they dare the unknown, as they try to avoid screwing-the-pooch.
Other than Quaid butchering a French word here and there, this book was absolute perfection, and I do hope Wolfe is soaring with pride that his beloved book was produced with such care and such joy!
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  • David Del Monte
  • 2018-12-05

Dennis Quaid was excellent.

Very interesting and 'puts you right there' into the story. It's like I was watching it happen. Totally fascinating and easy to listen to.

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  • Au global
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  • Coop
  • 2018-04-24

Great story, well worth your time

I read this years ago and was thrilled to see it available on Audible. The story and the writing really hold up, even though some of the descriptions of the “groupies” fall hard across the ear today. This glimpse into the early years of the space program is fascinating and enlightening and well worth a listen.

I went back and forth about Dennis Quaid’s narration, it was energetic and engaging but somewhat choppy and distracting. It never felt like he was at ease with the experience so I had trouble relaxing into the story the way I can with other narrators.

I came close to returning this at the beginning because of the narration, but was ultimately glad I listened to the end. I think you will be too.

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  • kellie
  • 2018-11-03

This is a great book and perfectly narrated

For a brief moment, I was put off by Dennis Quaid's gruff voice. A few sentences in and I was WAY INTO it. If books had umami, Dennis Quaid's reading of this book would be it. He just gives it that extra dimension and flavor. The book itself is wonderfully written. I've always loved the way Tom Wolfe seems to bring you right to the edge of "too much" of the story. Kind of like Thanksgiving dinner (but without the annoying relatives and a fun "drunk uncle"). Everything is just so tasty and filling and you are just stuffed at the end of it...you have that one last bite of dessert and you can't even have one thin mint more. His books are always like that. Or maybe it is his stories that are like that. I mean to say, I don't know if it is his writing or the plot that makes me feel that way. As an aside, I must be hungry.

Anyway, it's a good, long, fulfilling read. And with Dennis Quaid at the helm, an amazing listen. I love that everything in the book is a character, not just the people. The jets, the rockets, the places, the emotions. Bonus, you'll learn a lot about the history of astronauts, space flight, and fast jets.

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  • Au global
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  • Baco
  • 2018-09-12

Great Story

I never saw the movie but I knew the gist of it. I jumped into this because I wanted to hear about a few of my heroes and how they became astronauts. The stories were great but two parts really stick out in my mind. The first is the unflappable faith the test pilots have in the machine. Failures cannot be the machine's fault. It is always the pilot's fault. The second is the image toward the end. I would have loved to see Chuck Yeager walking on the riverbed with Neil Armstrong talking about the test flight. Oh to be a fly on that wall.

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  • Mike From Mesa
  • 2018-02-17

Great book, well narrated

I first read the print version of this book shortly after it was released, and I enjoyed it so much that I have been checking Audible’s site for it regularly for perhaps the last year. When it finally showed up I grabbed it, only waiting to finish my current book before I started listening. It was a long wait for this book to get to Audible, but it was worth it.

Mr Wolfe does an amazing job in so many ways in this book. His description of the environment of the test pilot shortly after the end of World War II is excellent and his description of Chuck Yeager and his influence on the pilot community is nothing less than wonderful. He then goes on to describe the competing efforts to get the US into space, the X-15 and X-20 Dyna-Soar projects as well as the Mercury effort. Those who have seen the movie version of the book will recognize much as the movie hewed fairly closely to the book, but Mr Wolfe’s writing is so good that the book is far superior. The importance of this book to the history of manned space flight is so great that Mr Wolfe’s description of the astronauts as being “single combat warriors” survives to this day and can be found in much of the popular history of that period.

The Right Stuff touches all of the important parts of the US effort to get into space - the backgrounds of the astronauts, their families and family life, the competition between them, the competition between the test pilots and the astronauts, the political basis for the manned space effort, the awe that the astronauts were held in, their efforts to get to the top of the test pilot “pyramid” and how the entire space effort changed the test pilot world. Like the movie, the book is both serious and full of humor and tells a story that is both highly entertaining and incredibly serious. For those who were not alive during the 1950s and 1960s it may be hard to understand how the entire space effort, and the Mercury Program specifically, held the public attention, how people stopped what they were doing and sat for hours in front of the TV during Mercury launches and how people listened to their radios for news on the return of the astronauts from their trips into space, but the book makes all of those events clear and describes the feelings of the general public. The comparison with today’s view of astronauts as just being another type of pilot is striking.

This is simply a wonderful book, full of information, that captures the feeling of the time and presents it, full of both the humor and deadly seriousness. The writing and the narration are so good that the reader can feel and understand the experience, even if not alive during the actual events. While the book covers all of the events surrounding the Mercury program it never loses sight of the astronauts themselves, nor of their families.

Dennis Quaid narrates the book and, since he portrayed the astronaut Gordon Cooper in the movie, that seems appropriate. He does an excellent job. Simply a first class book narrated in a first class manner, worthy of 5 stars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-24

Great story, weak narration

Tom Wolfe's story is amazing. Unfortunately, Dennis Quaid, a fine actor who was great in the movie, slurs and mushmouths his way through much of the narration, especially at the beginning. Actors are often not good narrators.

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  • Joshua
  • 2018-05-22

Dennis Quaid was the wrong choice

This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, but listening to a drunk Dennis Quaid reading it has made it an ordeal. Slurring, weirdly cadenced, and often mispronounced, it's like listening to an intoxicated uncle reading from his diary. Not at all up to industry standard. I know Quaid was in the movie, but he's just awful. This was a poorly spent credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-02

It was excruciating to listen to this performance

Dennis Quaid slurred and awkwardly blundered alone as read this book. What a disappointment. I love him in movies obviously LOVE Tom Wolfe and this book, but they should have run a breathalyzer on Dennis before the
recording. He had cotton mouth or fat tongue every step of the way. I did not get that when I listen to the preview. I wish I could get my money back

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