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Apollo 8 Audiobook

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    excellent story of Great American Heroes edge of my seat I couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter never boring

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    This audiobook was very enjoyable. What was accomplished by NASA in the 60s remains some of America's and mankind's greatest achievements. This book does a great job of putting the listener right there with what those brave men and brilliant people on the ground were doing.

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    Finally an audible book that takes advantage of being audio! We all too often get books with links too long to write down. This time we get something unique to audio.

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    loved the book very informative great addition to anyone who enjoys early Apollo mission books.

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    "When America looked to the skies!"

    Well read for a "technical" book about the 1st manned mission to the Moon. For material that may be "dry" the reader does a good job of bringing excitement and drama to the listener. The book itself logically tells the story with good background of the astronauts and program administrators that planned and executed the mission.

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    "Kept me interested the whole time"

    I liked this book because it didn't have a lot of the usual repeated information that so many other books like these have. And I've listened to a lot of these types of books!

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    "Great details and backstories"

    If you are a person who has always been interested in the golden age of NASA, this is great listen. I had to research what Apollo 8 mission was before purchasing and even after being reminded it was the first lunar orbit, I was still skeptical that an entire book could be dedicate to it and remain interesting throughout. Gratefully, my skepticism was soon proven wrong as the author goes into great detail including events leading up to this mission and lengthy and well written backstories on each of the 3 astronauts. Start to finish it's a great story.

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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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    "Great Read!"

    If you're a fan of aviation history this is a great book for you. It goes a little too biographical in the beginning, but recovers well and is a great depiction of the decade leading to Apollo 8.

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