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Apollo

Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, American
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Summary

Apollo is the behind-the-scenes story of an epic achievement. Based on exhaustive research that included many exclusive interviews, Apollo tells how America went from a standing start to a landing on the moon at a speed that now seems impossible. It describes the unprecedented engineering challenges that had to be overcome to create the mammoth Saturn V and the facilities to launch it. It takes you onto the gantries at Cape Canaveral and behind the consoles of Houston's Mission Control as it relives the tragedy of the fire on Apollo 1, the first descent to the lunar surface, and the rescue of Apollo 13

A story of daring bordering on recklessness on the ground and life-and-death decisions made in seconds during the flights, Apollo captures the drama of humans leaving Earth for the first time.

©2004 Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • David
  • Iver, United Kingdom
  • 31-08-19

Inspiring and fun

I listen to a lot of military history, but that can be heavy going sometimes. I bought this as a refreshing change and I was so glad I did.

It covers the almost boyish enthusiasm with which engineers and scientists dived into their work on the Apollo program. The more sober chapters - the Apollo 1 fire and the Apollo 13 mission - are covered sensitively but with a full explanation.

I heartily recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in space or aerospace.

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brillant detail

Covers the program with lots of technical details which helps explain the huge challenges they had to overcome. from reading it I now understand why NASA hasn't gone back.

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  • D
  • 28-07-19

What a story...

Despite being nearly 30 years old, this is still a fascinating account of an epic story. The anecdotes it recounts of the characters involved in America’s pursuit of Kennedy’s goal of “We go to the Moon” is truly inspirational. Be your interest science, engineering, management approaches or just plain adventure, the story of Apollo has it all and this is the best account of it I have read to-date (although Gene Kranz’s autobiography Failure Is Not an Option runs it a close second). The narration could have been better, sounding at times like a synthesized voice but, when the story is this good, it really doesn’t matter that much… Straight onto my (very short) list of books for re-reading at a later date.

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Great story, well told

Comprehensive yet thoroughly engaging, the extraordinary achie ments of the manned lunar missions are of a bygone era.

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Excellent

Have listened to a few Apollo experiences and the detail in this book is unrivalled ! Very interesting and well written book !

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Superb and comprehensive

This is the book of the story of the people and technology that was the Apollo programme - revised and updated for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The cast is huge, and the evidence of primary research, interviews and first hand accounts is all over it. There's a huge amount of technical detail, but it's not just a book for geeks - it's about the personalities who made this stuff happen.

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Outstanding

An amazing trip through the history of Apollo and a time of ‘can do’ determination. The examples of lateral thinking to solve some of the problems left me gobsmacked.

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Fantastic detail

I was a toddler when man first landed on the moon and have been fascinated by it all my life. This is a brilliantly detailed and brilliantly told story of the detail behind humanity's greatest achievement to date. Absolutely fantastic

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  • Anthony B. Ford
  • 03-07-19

Winner of space race descriptive literature

The narrator and the material are an unbeatable combination. If you only have one work on the US space race, this should be the one.

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  • doublej
  • 04-06-19

pretty unbelievable - and true !

amazing and true story. might just have to listen to it again immediately. in honor of the 50th anniversary I'd encourage any and all to consume this fantastic history.

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  • Zach Hargis
  • 22-05-19

Breathtaking

Absolutely incredible, inspiring narrative. informative, but not dry. Great Narration too. I cannot express enough how amazing the story of the Apollo Program is. The problems they overcame, to include time constraints and dealing with designing such a dangerous program relatively safely from the ground up... I cannot recommend this enough. Please. Give it a listen.

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  • AnnieO
  • 27-09-19

great book, dry reading

This was an exceptional book, especially for those interested in the space program. It contains a great balance of personal storyline, politics, science/technology and management principles that accompanied our successes in the 60's. The reading, however, was quite dry and sterile, which is unfortunate given the conversational style of the text.

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  • J. B. Taylor
  • 23-09-19

Interesting - made me relive the excitement of my youth

This book was well researched with lots of facts and information yet spoke to the layman, but interested the technical as well. Good listen and held our attention.

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  • Sterling Winn
  • 22-09-19

Blast from the past!

The most detailed of the Appolo era ever. WELL DONE! I will pass this book along to ask my friends that can follow it's detail.

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  • Dan Mattox
  • 18-09-19

Awesome book

One of the best audio books I have listened to. It is the story behind the story. Excellent!

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  • Brad
  • 02-09-19

amazing detail

easy to listen to and amazing insight. narrator's voice can seen stale at times but the book content is fantastic.

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  • Fred
  • 31-08-19

behind the scenes in an amazing time of exploratio

fascinating for a boomer who grew up following the space program. It even gave background on Kennedy's speech, supporting the conclusion it is usually given too much emphasis. We were on the way already.

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  • Matt Tooley
  • 29-08-19

Awesome

I worked at NASA for 5 years in the 80s. The book recreates all the feelings that a NASA engineer experiences but at a much higher intensity.

Great book for anyone wanting the real history of Apollo and what it took to land a man in the moon.