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Summary

An exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race, by astronaut and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hadfield.

1973: a final top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help.

As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. Houston flight controller Kazimieras 'Kaz' Zemeckis must do all he can to keep the NASA crew together, while staying one step ahead of his Soviet rivals. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.

Full of fascinating technical detail, twists and tension, The Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the dark majesty of space, the fierce G-forces of launch and the rush of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft travelling at 17,000 miles per hour, as told by a former commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.

Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime. 

©2021 Chris Hadfield Inc (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"An exciting journey into an alternate past." (Andy Weir, author of The Martian)

"Nail-biting." (James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic

"Not to be missed." (Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal

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Knowledge before story!

So looked forward to this but so disappointed I returned it. If you really want to know loads of information about flying, space missions and pounds per square inch, you’ll love it! Obviously the author being who he is I was expecting some detail and indeed looking forward to a bit of insider knowledge but it totally swamped a very uninteresting story. Was not incredibly impressed with the narrator either. After struggling through about a third, I returned it. Thanks Audible for letting us do that for things that truly disappoint. I don’t usually like to write negative reviews but feel another view might be helpful.

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Absolutely Brilliant Thriller

This was an amazing thriller by Chris Hadfield. As a former astronaut the details in this are excellent not too over complicated for the listener. The story flows at a decent pace and I never found myself bored with slow bit which there wasn’t any if I mind correctly. The narration by Ray Porter was as usual par excellence. Highly recommend if you’re into Astronauts / Apollo / NASA or Space in general.

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astoundingly credible detail

As you might expect from an astronaut, the detail of space travel is incredible and the star of the show.
It's a thriller not a detective story, the intruige of who can speak to who and who can overhear (eg in space suits on the moon, you cannot speak to each other without America hearing, and Russia but only when death in right position) is well done.
Sadly let down by audio cutting out for a bit in middle, and there is a huge plot hole which makes the climax nonsensical.

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Totally feasible, well read novel.

Gripping, story about a possible scenario involving Apollo 18, built, but never launched. Was used in mid 70s Appollo/Soyuz orbital link up.

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A rare gem for space nerds and fans of thrillers.

Cmdr Hadfield seems to be able to turn his mind to anything. This is an impressive book, factually and historically as accurate as fiction can get. Respectful and deeply familiar with US and Russian (Soviet) characters.

It joins a growing list of Alt. realities where Apollo 18 took place. but so far it is the ONLY one (in my arrogant opinion of course) that is any good.

Enjoy.

PS. It goes without saying that Ray Porter nails it yet again.

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Murder most boring

I had trouble with this one. Loved the technical stuff, but storyline very slow, with very little payoff. I found I had a bunch of unanswered questions at the end, and the murders? Well, they were very boring, and kind of felt like they were added in as an afterthought to make up for the title.
Ray's narration, as always was top notch.

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Excellent, gripping story

A fascinating and gripping story, made so much better by being written by an astronaut and including many actual historical figures.

I don’t get the complaints and observations that the technical detail was overdone and spoiled the story. For me those very details added to the fascination and authenticity of the story as well as answering a number of questions I’ve always had about space flight. I didn’t feel any detail at any time was overdone.

The book was also excellently read, adding to the reality and enjoyment from this book.

It is well worth listening to and has to go into my list of favourite ever stories!

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excellent

excellent, great pace, well read, technology well explained, for non technical person enthralling. try it

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A fascinating read

This book was a most captivating read. One that. could have easily happened in real life. The characters were well created and believable and you had sympathy for both the Americans and Soviets. The story was easy to follow and well told and I thoroughly recommend this book. I look forward to reading more of Chris Hadfield’s books. Finally the narration was spot on.

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Brilliant!

Loved everything about this title from the intricate descriptions, the story and the narration with brilliant voice acting which really brought the characters to life!

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  • 15-01-22

A good listen but …

This was an easy listen. Okay story but really stereotypical characters. That’s also a bit of showing off about technical knowledge that wasn’t really necessary. I like the narrator but I keep on thinking Bobbiverse when I hear him.

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Crime book that became much more interesting

This book has an odd title. Sounds like a crime book and in a way - it is, but is much more than that. This is like David Baldacci and Dean M. Cole in to one book. All events are very realistic and very interesting. I was constantly eager to take the phone and listen to this book until I finished it.. had troubles with my wife because of this. Excellent job Hadfield and Porter! I hope you guys can come with more books!

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  • Oliver Breidenbach
  • 20-11-21

A truly great story

"There is no way out for this story" you're thinking all the way through the book and then there is. One that is so believable because it has been conceived by a person who's really been there, done that.