Reach for the Skies
- Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting into Space
- Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
- Length: 9 hrs
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 27-07-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
"In this book I look at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired me. These are tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of my own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air (and space) travel.
"This is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers. But I also want to describe some of the lesser-known trailblazers - people like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the world's first scheduled commercial flight, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just 50 feet; the ‘bird man’ Leo Valentin, who in the 1950s jumped from 9,000 feet with wooden wings attached to his shoulders; and my friend, Steve Fossett, who dedicated his life to breaking records and having adventures."—Richard Branson
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By Billy Bob on 05-10-15
Fascinating but let down by poor narration
What did you like best about Reach for the Skies? What did you like least?
Branson's passion for flight is palpable in every phrase in this remarkable potted history of manned flight. It is well researched, full of interesting little morsels of information, and structured in as logical a manner as one could hope, given the breadth of material covered. There is a sense, in places, of the sales pitch for Virgin's various airlines and, in particular, Virgin Galactic, but this seems more an honest byproduct of the author's infectious enthusiasm for the subject than calculated self-promotion.
What didn’t you like about Adrian Mulraney’s performance?
Mulraney's pacing is slow (I listened at 1.25x, which I very rarely feel compelled to do) and the tempo of some phrases awkward. I found him rather jarring, and would avoid choosing another work performed by him, which is unfortunate as he seems to have rather the monopoly on the unabridged audio versions of Branson's work.