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The extraordinary autobiography of astronaut Fred Haise, one of only twenty-four men to fly to the moon.

In the gripping Never Panic Early, Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13, offers a detailed firsthand account of when disaster struck three days into his mission to the moon. An oxygen tank exploded, a crewmate uttered the now iconic words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and the world anxiously watched as one of history’s most incredible rescue missions unfolded. Haise brings listeners into the heart of his experience on the challenging mission—considered NASA’s finest hour—and reflects on his life and career as an Apollo astronaut.

In this personal and illuminating memoir, Haise takes an introspective look at the thrills and triumphs, regrets and disappointments, and lessons that defined his career, including his years as a military fighter pilot and his successful twenty-year NASA career that would have made him the sixth man on the moon had Apollo 13 gone right.

Many of his stories navigate fear, hope, and resilience, like when he crashed while ferrying a World War II air show aircraft and suffered second and third-degree burns over sixty-five percent of his body, putting him in critical condition for ten days before making a heroic recovery. In Never Panic Early, Haise explores what it was like to work for NASA in its glory years and demonstrates a true ability to deal with the unexpected.

©2022 Fred Haise (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Always interesting to learn about the life of an Apollo astronaut

From fighter pilot to test pilot to Apollo 13 astronaut to corporate executive, Fred Haise has distinguished himself. As I have found with other audiobooks having some technical content the narrator here mispronounced so many words it became annoying. Other than that, recommend. Doesn’t anyone listen to the narration before the audiobook is released? Sure doesn’t seem so

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Expected just a little more

I was excited for the book to come out and hear the "never panic early " stories. But the book started out a little slow and i had a hard time getting in to it. The story itself didn't end up being bad by the narrator is very monotone and does not capture the true adrenaline of an emergency situation in aviation.

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  • 05-08-22

A bit Haise-y

I listened to this after the recommendation on the Planetary Society podcast.

Fred Haise's story is interesting, with a few interesting moments which are undocumented elsewhere regarding the Apollo program and the early Orbiter tests. The most interesting elements for me were glossed over too quickly and without much detail, which I found frustrating and quite surprising as I am sure Haise in conversation is a fascinating man. The style and prose of the book did not quite gel with me unfortunately.

Personally, I would recommend this book to Apollo nerds like myself but only after the awesomely great reads such as Carrying The Fire (Michael Collins) and Failure Is Not An Option (Gene Kranz)

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