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On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, and the space race was born. Desperate to beat the Russians into space, NASA put together a crew of the nation's most daring test pilots: the seven men who were to lead America to the moon. The first into space was Alan Shepard; the last was Deke Slayton, whose irregular heartbeat kept him grounded until 1975. They spent the 1960s at the forefront of NASA's effort to conquer space, and Moon Shot is their inside account of what many call the 20th century's greatest feat - landing humans on another world.

Collaborating with NBC's veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard, and Slayton narrate, in gripping detail, the story of America's space exploration from the time of Shepard's first flight until he and 11 others had walked on the moon.

©2011 Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, and Jay Barbree (P)2019 Tantor

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Amazing....until the final three chapters

Great account of how America entered and won the space race. Evokes the spirit and history of the time but just as importantly it imparts the sense of adventure felt by the men who risked everything to explore the complete unknown. It takes a special kind of bravery to strap oneself into a small metal capsule atop a repurposed intercontinental missile and allow oneself to be fired into space genuinely knowing that you may die in the process. Sadly though I found the shameless self-promotion of the two astronaut authors -Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton - to have diminished and indeed sullied the overall quality of the narrative. Both men, whilst highly commendable in the actions they performed in their careers, essentially ruin the ending of the book with a chapter apiece detailing their rather routine space flights in excruciating detail in a failed bid to convince the listener of their importance in the space programme. Most chapters are peppered with subtle and some not-so-subtle references to Alan and Deke's amazing capabilites and how they essentially carried the entire space programme but by the final act of the book any attempt at humility is completely abandoned and we are exposed to a crescendo of pure ego-mania more vacuous than deep space itself. Alan Shepard's account of his Apollo 14 flight and landing and his battle with a moon crater whilst attempting to collect rocks is a particularly hard listen; I was astounded at the level of self-absorption that was being launched directly into my ears. Surely someone should have taken him aside and said "Alan, you need to tone it down a bit"? Obviously not.Truly a shame and for me it prevents this book from being the classic it deserves to be. At certain points during the narration I genuinely believed that it was the finest audio book I had ever listened to. Then the final chapters happened and my opinion went very much in the opposite direction.

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Droning narration: buy the book instead!

Really well composed inside story of the Apollo project. However unfortunate narrator's voice makes it difficult to listen to. There's another audioversion which may be better. Otherwise it's worth buying the book...

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Great story, average narration.

Really enjoyed the stories within this audio book if not the narrator reading them. As someone who has always had a passion for all things space and NASA, I hit hard against the narrators incorrect pronunciation of astronauts names and acronyms. You would have thought a little knowledge on the subject matter a must for audio books of this nature.

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Thorough, rich and entertaining

Highly recommended to anyone interested in the subject, especially as a counterpoint to Tom Wolfe’s ‘the right stuff.’ Well structured narrative is generously populated with detail, description and competent storytelling, in order to make this an exciting and captivating tour from the initiation of project Mercury to the triumphant completion of the Apollo programme. Helped in no small part by the personalities of the two main authors, the reader/listener is immersed in this period of heroism, ambition and discovery. The publisher has given the final chapter a more political aspect, which verges on a blaming exercise for perceived nasa inaction in recent years. This has evidently been added after the death of the authors and while it is informative, it jars a little with the sentiments of the rest of the book. This is over quickly however, and does not impact the attractive aspects of the whole. Highly recommended to those interested in the personal viewpoints of those at the heart of humanity’s first steps into space.

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An amazing story about the journey to space

Hooked, stories of true daredevil explorers and test pilots. From horrific tragedies to heroics from both American Astronauts to Russian Cosmonauts. Follow this audio book with 13 minutes to the moon podcast. You don’t need to be a space nerd to enjoy this book!

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Amazing insight into NASA

Much more interesting than I thought, a great insiders view of the American space missions.

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Excellent book, well worth a listen

I enjoyed this book, it drew me in to the world of Nasa and the brave men that risked their lives to adventure further than anyone has ever been. Deke and Alan's stories encourage you to stick with it and hopefully your dream will come true. I can't recommend this more.

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fantastic story...well told!!

gripping story of a fantastic achievement. only 50 years after first transatlantic flight, man was walikng on the moon

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the history of Apollo

fantastic book. I knew the bits of the subject fairly well but the book link's the the event's whole era from just before orbital space flight upto the time of the Space Shuttle in an eloquent narrative .

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  • Robert
  • 15-08-19

A Definitive Summary of Our Manned Space Missions

Just like First Man, Neil Armstrong's long awaited memoirs, it's a blessing to hear the memoirs of Deke Slayton and Alan Shepard, two astronaut friends who shared a common challenge. They both were plucked from the ranks of flight qualified astronauts, yet continued working at NASA as part of the astronaut team. Both of them achieved flight status, and performed admirably as astronauts. Their expertise and talents proved themselves worthy as true astronauts. Shepard landed on the moon, and Slayton flew in the unique Apollo-Soyuz mission, opening the door to many years of Soyuz flights to the ISS. This book is unique, you absolutely must listen! It is not a repeat of the Apollo missions, it goes far beyond that. Highly recommended!

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  • Dan's Decisive Dictates
  • 24-07-19

"The Deke and Alan Moon Shot" is a better title

Its a good story and talks about the Apollo program, but it is much more of a Deke and Alan biography than an actual historical retelling of the events leading to the moon landing. It should not be represented as an unbiased historical event and should be placed in the biography section. For all that it is still a decent book, but definitely not an unbiased retelling.

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  • Hugh Williams
  • 25-01-20

Enjoyable but falls short of Chaikin

Any history of the Apollo program has to be measured against Chaikin’s “A Man on the Moon,” but if you’re like me and you devour everything you can on the subject, this does not disappoint as long as you remember this is the Slayton/Shepard story, not Apollo per se. As such, it feels like the twin climaxes of the book are Apollo 14 and the Apollo-Soyuz missions those two men were involved with, and it’s a bit odd that barely any time is spent on Apollo 15-17 given how much time is spent on everything that led up to 14. Grove gets some pronunciations wrong (Apollo 13’s CMP rendered as Jack “Swaggart” instead of Swigert being the most glaring example) but he gets the job done. Despite its shortcomings I can recommend it by saying that I always looked forward to picking the story back up on my next car ride.

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  • Adam Bragg
  • 26-01-20

It felt like I was there!

Really well written, and read almost like a narrative. Was super fascinating. A must read for anyone trying to build something within an organization.

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  • Derrick Miller
  • 17-01-20

Great book for those who like history

great listen the descriptions and detail keep you engaged. definitely recomend if you like history

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  • Peter
  • 05-01-20

Unbelievable history lesson from those who Did It!

A story written by astronauts themselves, who decided to share their experiences, feelings, emotions, wins and losses... You feel like a first-row seater in an intimate stage act with remarkable characters and their captivating stories. I've read tons of books on the Moon race, but this one is by far the best of its kind.

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  • Blake
  • 20-12-19

Perfect for any fan of early NASA

This is a wonderful book written by people that were as deeply involved in the subject matter as few others were.

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  • John
  • 01-10-19

Disappointed

The content was very good, but the narrator spoke like a robot with absolutely no inflection in his voice which made it difficult to listen to.

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  • Hugh J Hazeltine
  • 21-12-20

Not entirely Candid

Many things left out. About choosing the first American in space. About Scott Carpenter About choosing the crew for Apollo 14. The narrator mispronounced some words. Sometimes would say L M instead of LEM when referring to the Lunar Excursion Module. Recommend the book “Deke” by Deke Slayton for a fuller account.

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  • Janet-Lee
  • 04-09-20

Excellent!

Great detail but not beyond the interest of space fans. I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys the history of space flight and how we strived to get to the moon.