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"Houston, we've had a problem here."
On the evening of April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were just hours from the third lunar landing in history. But as they soared through space, two hundred thousand miles from earth, an explosion badly damaged their spacecraft. With compromised engines and failing life-support systems, the crew was in incomparably grave danger. Faced with below-freezing temperatures, a seriously ill crew member, and a dwindling water supply, a safe return seemed unlikely.
Thirteen is the shocking, miraculous, and entirely true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 to a safe landing on earth. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. brings listeners unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA's most dramatic missions.
©1972 Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Daniel on 04-01-15

Very technical

This is, quite literally, a detailed description of the events that happened between liftoff and splashdown. It's not a story about how the astronauts prepared, how they felt during the flight, or things NASA improved upon afterwards. That's something I happen to like in a book, but not all will.

The author has an odd obsession with comparing space events to boating terms and procedures.

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By Paul on 05-23-15

Good level of detail

A good telling of the story, quite detailed but stops abruptly. Could have done with a chapter on the post mission actions. Given it was written in 1972 this may not have actually been possible.

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By Nico on 01-22-15


Gripping, at least for those who are technically minded. A brush up beforehand, on the design and construction of the Apollo service, command and lunar modules, would benefit the reader.

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By Paul C on 08-01-17

Great Insight Audiobook

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Audiobook and the details about the famous flight of Apollo 13. It gives much more detail than the film which doesn't make it better or worse, it's a nice little companion to help movie with the depth of what happened and what was said during the one the crew were nearly stranded in space.

If you enjoyed the film and would like to find out more I'd highly recommend this title and the narrator was pleasant to listen too and kept me glued to listening to the story unfolding.

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