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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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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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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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An excellent true story, beautifully rendered

What did you love best about Apollo 8?

I really liked that it gave the backstory of the Gemini missions. Those are the forgotten missions that played such a key role in the later successes.

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Awesome

This was an excellent listen of American history and space program. I enjoyed the narration and story very much.

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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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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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A Great Listen

Jeffrey Kluger has written an amazing book. He covered the space program, highlighting events leading up to the first lunar mission in a captivating and exciting manner. The pace of the book was perfect with Brian Troxell’s narration being the icing on the cake. I highly recommend it. A great listen.

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Ready for Takeoff

I remember looking up at the moon while this mission was taking place, and trying to imagine that people were actually up there circling it. It did not seem possible or real, and yet it happened. This is a very well written book. I was only a kid when it all took place, but it had a huge impact on my life. Reading the back stories of the Apollo 8 mission made it all that more interesting to me. I'm glad I was alive during that time of early space exploration. Look how far we have come. I truly hope we can keep exploring and learning more and more about our universe.

Well read by Brian Troxell.

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Highly Recommend

Would you listen to Apollo 8 again? Why?

Yes I sure would. This book recounts a very important, and very inspirational segment of American History in an entertaining way that kept my close attention. I will relisten to hopefully retain more of the information, and for entertainment, just as one will re-watch a favorite movie.

What other book might you compare Apollo 8 to and why?

Not sure yet, need more listening time to be a connoisseur.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Certain scenes made me day dream in awe. Why do we not hear more about great moments in history like this?

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  • David
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  • 04-19-18

Perfect

A thrilling story, well-organized by the author and well-told by the narrator. This must be the definitive treatment of this particular mission.

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