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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.
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By Jack Mueller on 06-24-17
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?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful