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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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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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  • 07-08-19

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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EXCEPTIONAL. I have loved every minute

I have found this book gripping, educational and I have loved listening to every bit.

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  • 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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Amazing

Absolutely wonderful understanding of the people involved in mans greatest endeavour of all time. Truly inspirational

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Gave me goosebumps

What starts out slowly and at times at first appears unnecessarily dry and in-depth, captivates with its faithful account, its bolts of dry humour and truly captivating account of Apollo delights this listener. On many occasions triggering emotions that one rarely feels when reading or listening. It's testament to its narrator, the book itself, the people of Apollo and their wonderous achievements. Bravo

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I thought I knew a lot about the space program

This is fascinating. Found out stuff about Apollo low points I have never heard before. Maybe a little dated now from when it was written but I don’t think it suffers for that

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A Tour de Force!

Brilliantly narrated too. I've read many, many books about the US space program and was nevertheless delighted to discover this one, which provides a totally different perspective. Long though the book is, it is very far from a regurgitation of the standard history of Apollo. Every chapter had a new discovery for me. Loved it and wished it was longer!

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Fascinating!

So much admiration for these people after listening to this book.
Will definitely listen again.
It’s mind blowing what these guys where capable off with such limited tech compared to today.
The story of the unsung hero’s and genius minds that made it possible. Loved it.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Anthony B. Ford
  • 03-07-19

Greatest text written on the US space race.

As a kid who grew up in the late 50s through the end of Apollo, I've read every book I could get my hands on about the US space race. I was 16 when the world was changed when Neil Armstrong took the first step onto the surface of the moon. When you think about it, it's hard to describe how historic it was. The moon has looked the same from the time the very first human looked skyward to contemplate it. Humanity was in a new place as a result of astronauts walking on the moon, I'm sure a lot of people remember looking up at the moon thinking about the fact that there were people up there looking down at us.

This book is untouched by the other books written about Apollo. From the beginning of the space race with Mercury, then Gemini, and finally Apollo, the reader/listener follows the story, and because of expert authors, learns about the development of everything from the beginning and who made it all possible. Many of the famous names of Apollo are gone now, but the authors keep them alive in the listener's heart so that the listener feels that he knows many of the people personally.

The narrator, Bob Souer. makes me smile and react as he presents the material. If he isn't the greatest person ever to narrate a story, he's got to be in the top five. I'll look for more books just because he was so flawless at his job with Apollo.

If the reader wants THE book to learn about the development of NASA through the Apollo missions. and remembers being fascinated by the astronauts and people in Mission Control that we all saw on our screens (Gene Kranz and Chris Kraft among them), this book will bring it all back to life for you. If you're too young to remember Apollo, and you're interested in space flight, I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Great book, and if you don't fall for it like I did, I'll be absolutely stunned.

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  • JDM
  • 29-10-19

Best book ever for space, ops, and engineering fans

I’ve spent my career at NASA, and I wish I had read this book early in my career and again every few years. Such an amazing account of decisions, personalities, engineering challenges, flight control - with all of the things that are important to me about how things transpired. I’ve been on the edge of my seat for so many chapters, and had to rewind if I missed anything. I’m making this mandatory reading for my engineering teams!

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  • Tim Miller
  • 04-11-19

a great about a great accomplishment

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook about the manned moon missions. thru the years i had heard most of the stories before and met a couple of the key players but this is a compelling story about the people who made it happen, all together in one very nice package.

the narrator is very good for the technical nature of the book.

highly recommended.

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  • Kevin Bryant
  • 13-08-19

THE book to read about the Apollo Program

A story less about the astronauts, and more about the others, technicians, engineers and managers, who made Apollo not just possible, but a resounding success. My favorite book to read or to 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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  • Mr James Hodgson
  • 26-06-19

Great insight into the Apollo programme

A thoroughly enjoyable recounting of the Apollo programme, from the early 60's through to the final Apolo flight, Apollo 17

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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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