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This program includes a bonus conversation with Commander Frank Borman plus archival audio from Apollo 8's lunar orbit and from the cockpit during the mission.

The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our blackest, bloodiest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on.

Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative nonfiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts' homes, from the test labs to the launchpad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Day, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over - after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first Earth-rise, and the first reentry through the Earth's atmosphere following a flight to deep space - the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach.

The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger - Jim Lovell's coauthor on their best-selling book about Apollo 13 - can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.

©2017 Jeffrey Kluger (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Audible edition, audio extras very enjoyable

This audio version of Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger was excellent. While I was already familiar with the history of the Apollo program, I enjoyed the description of the mission to orbit the moon and return to earth with all the added details of the political and cultural occurrences in America during that time putting this historic mission in context with a time of upheaval. NASA personnel were insulated and isolated to a point, but it is well worth considering what was happening all around them. This makes the words of the telegram Borman and crew received on their return all the more poignant and meaningful.

I especially enjoyed the “audio extras” of the actual mission control audio conversations with the astronauts during various portions of the mission, including the Christmas Eve reading, and also the interview of Borman by the author.

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  • 11-17-17

Great history of NASA and Apollo 8: a must listen

This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible! It is a detailed, yet fast moving history of the space program and the 1960's. The author introduces and develops the key players in the space program, like Frank Borman and Gus Grissom. You quickly 'get to know them' and see the unfolding drama of the ups and downs of the program through their eyes. Even though you know the outcome, it is still a very suspenseful book and it provides great detail, without being dense.
The reader's performance is excellent and an interview with Frank Borman and select transmissions between Houston and Apollo 8 are included as a bonus.
Highly recommend this book!

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Fabulous Book

Where does Apollo 8 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Apollo 8?

The account of the flight to the moon was great and although you know the conclusion the suspense is palpable.

What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Really great narration. He helps grips the listener with with great voice inflection and yet kept the story moving.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment the Astronauts saw earth from the moon.

Any additional comments?

If your heart doesn't swell with pride you are not breathing. Where did those days go?

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Inspirational

For an engineering student who was a little shaky on NASA history, this book was absolutely incredible historically, informationally, and as a source of patriotic inspiration. Eagerly recommend to anyone

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Well Written and Well Narrated

Even though it is by a different author, this is basically a sequel to The Right Stuff. If you're interested in the space program, or just in American history, you will enjoy this book. Narration is excellent. At first I was put off by the way the narrator pronounced "Gemini." I always heard and said it as "jemineye," and the narrator says "jeminee." So I looked it up, and NASA at the time said it was pronounced like "jiminy cricket." And there are a lot of old NASA news reels from the time pronouncing it that way. So even though I still think it sounds weird, the narrator got it right.

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A good reminder of what humans can accomplish

I absolutely loved the book. There are many insights in this book that I didn't know about the mission.

The book did a great job explaining how Apollo 8 ia the space geeks' best Apollo mission - there were so many firsts.

The narrator didn't excellent job of getting out of the way of the story.

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Apollo 8 a thriller

Excellent book, loved every moment. recommend it to everyone. love the touch of Frank Gorman final words at the end.

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Riveting account of a Cold War victory

The narrator is great, the story is better.

The space race is laid for the reader in a way that’s easy to follow.

Listen to the epilogue for actual NASA recordings of Apollo 8, it’s awesome!

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Excellent story of Apollo 8

This book is very well in-depth of the aspects of both Gemini 7 and Apollo 8. It’s especially awesome that at the end there is an “in-person” interview of Frank Borman and communication between Houston and the spacecraft during the flight.

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Good Story

kept my interest. Well narrated and well researched. Included a lot of the human side of the story.

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