Hidden Figures

  • by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2016.
Soon to be a major motion picture.
Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as 'Human Computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these 'colored computers' used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, 'Hidden Figures' interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

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How did I not know about these women?

This book details the struggles and determination of a group of black women to be recognised for their worth. Brilliant mathematicians, they were housed in their own department and endured humiliating segregation socially despite working alongside white male colleagues.

What's really interesting about this book is that it examines the impact of the women becoming successful- good and bad.

The narrative is provided warmly but the underlying steel of the book shines through the narration and it beautifully brings the story to life.
Highly recommended
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- Steph Adams

A book of biographies?

I found this audio book to be a laudible, well-researched series of biographies of mid-century African-American women and American civil history.

Unfortunately I am a literary dullard with a short span of attention. I was simply hoping for a cracking good listen about African American women and their involvement in the Space-race.
After 2 hours listening to the biographies, delivered by Robin Miles in a low-key narration style, sadly I gave up.
I really wanted to enjoy this audiobook, but lost enthusiasm to invest more time trying.

Sorry Ms Miles.

Lovers of biographies will enjoy and be fully engaged by this book.
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- RocketeerX5

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited