Hidden Figures
Young Readers' Edition

Now in a special new edition perfect for young listeners, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

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Hidden Figures Reviews

  • Margie Van Evera
    Mar 27, 2017

    Margie Van Evera

    I listened to the audio version of this book - the first part was a little slow and boring with a lot of background info of NACA, but I really enjoyed it afterwards when it got into the ladies' early lives and how they were hired at Langley. As expected, these women put up with a LOT o...

  • Mélanie
    Mar 27, 2017


    Des destins de femmes exceptionnelles, exemple de détermination, volonté, courage et intelligence. Des portraits restés trop longtemps dans l'ombre, merci à l'auteure Margot Lee Shetterly de permettre la transmission de ces destins incroyables. On termine le livre plein d'e...

  • Donna Hesselbaum
    Mar 27, 2017

    Donna Hesselbaum

    I am glad I saw the movie first because it made it easier to visualize the different areas at Langley and the hurdles the computers had to jump through to do anything at all. The book filled in the gaps that the movie didn't cover, especially how the computing group was formed. I learn...

  • Vince
    Mar 27, 2017


    This is a well researched history highlighting the previously untold story of several African American women mathematicians who were NASA's human computers from the agency's inception through the Apollo moon missions. Shetterly's book does a good job of weaving the biographical details...

  • David
    Mar 26, 2017


    3.75I really enjoyed a lot of this book and I loved how it connected NASA'S quest to push forward the human race technologically with the fight for civil rights which was trying to push forward the human race in equality for both African-Americans and women. The women depicted in the b...

  • Debra
    Mar 24, 2017


    3.5 starsBack before Mega computers that did everything for us, there was a group of women (Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden) who answered the call by NASA to become “human computers” who used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to c...

  • Irene
    Mar 23, 2017


    What an exquisitely written book. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book ten times better. The movie couldn't even begin to depict the complexities and nuances of the real history behind these women. I personally feel the writing was a little biased, since the author so obviously...

  • Oliver
    Mar 22, 2017


    Hidden Figures is written by Margot Lee Shetterly, and tells the story of five African-American women who worked at the NACA, soon to be NASA. Dorothy Vaughan; who was a member, and eventually became the manager, of the west computing group, which was made up of all African American m...

  • Stacey Fain
    Mar 22, 2017

    Stacey Fain

    3.5/5 stars, extremely dry but worth the read and 4 star bump given the cultural and historical significance of the subject matter. Reads more like a scholarly dissertation or textbook than a story, but it is a story that has truly never been told before. I did like how the author incl...

  • Jane Hanser
    Mar 20, 2017

    Jane Hanser

    I took this book out of the library after I saw the film that was based on this book. I wanted to know more and I wanted to know what in the film was true, what was not, what was modified for "the dramatic arc" and so on. This book is history and Ms. Shetterly did history and American ...