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  • Written by: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (935 ratings)

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The Apollo Murders

Written by: Chris Hadfield
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Publisher's Summary

Number One National Best Seller

The number one best-selling Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is back with an exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race.

“An exciting journey to 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)

“Explosive.” (Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X)

“Exciting, authentic.” (Linwood Barclay, author of Find You First)

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 the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of Space and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth 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 (P)2021 Random House Canada

What the critics say

#1 National Bestseller

One of Indigo's Best Books of the Year 2021

"A nail-biting Cold War thriller set against a desperate Apollo mission that never really happened...or did it? It’s a very rare book that combines so many things I love, from taut suspense and highly realistic action, to the golden age of space exploration. I couldn't put it down.” (James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and Titanic)

“An explosive thriller from a writer who has actually been to space and back.... Strap in for the ride.” (Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times best-selling author of the Orphan X novels)

“There’s maybe one person on Earth with the writing chops and the expertise to write a to-the-moon thriller this exciting, this authentic. Chris Hadfield is that guy.” (Linwood Barclay, New York Times best-selling author of Find You First

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Is there anything he CAN’T do??

Because it wasn’t enough to be a test pilot former ISS commander most decorated Canadian astronaut musician ever … Chris Hadfield decided it wasn’t enough to write a very good non-fiction book , but that he needed to write fiction too! And this is some excellent science fiction.

This book is very much in the same vibe as Andy Weir (with the same great narrator), rooted of course in real science.

If you are a fan of The Martian and Project Hail Mary, you will love this book!

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Not that great

It's simply not a good book. I can only assume the Audible high score is related to the accolades of the author, and not the quality of the actual book.

There aren't any characters that you can connect with. Each one makes poor decisions, spend the entire novel trying to solve mysteries that are obvious, or just aren't good characters. Without going into spoilers, there just isn't any character that I enjoyed.

The story drags on quite a bit, and the poor decision making is very jarring. it just feels so unnatural, it doesn't make sense in context. The book goes in directions that are set up to cause drama, but if you take a step back, you realize super smart NASA characters, or American military characters, oversee the most basic aspects of their training and common sense to get themselves in these situations. There should have been minimal issues in the book if you remove these large holes.

if you're interested in Space-based stories, I highly suggest Andy Wier. The Martian is of course great, but my top recommendation would be Hail Mary. I even enjoyed Artemis more than The Apollo Murders, unfortunately.

The performer, Ray Porter, is excellent, as always, despite the poor source material.

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This will be a movie one day. Best Spent Credit!

As i sit here in my car on Chris Hadfield way in Milton, Ontario i am completely in awe of how good this book is. This man knows his stuff and can spin a tale with just enough believability to have you thinking it might have just happened. you wont get outlandishly unrealistic Hollywood action scenes, instead more plausible and yet more exciting narrative that puts you right in mission control and the spaceships themselves with excellent voicework by the one and only Ray Porter. 5 stars all around.

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OK. Some plot holes

First of all, it's impressive that Chris Hadfield wrote a thriller.
I enjoyed the characters and the setting, of course, is amazing.
The plot, however, is just OK.
I don't want to give anything away but there are some plot holes here that are fairly large and I was left wondering why a particular character did what he did when the motivation/purpose is left unclear. You might also wonder how some fairly basic information about the main antagonist went undiscovered for so long until that character does bad things. Wouldn't they have investigated his background before he rose to such a position of power?
Parts of the book just don't seem to make a lot of sense.
The characters are well created as is the narration.
I was left with the feeling that maybe Chris needed a bit more time in the editors office, going over the story arcs a bit.

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Similar quality to 'The Martian' by Andy Weir

In both cases, it's the author's first public book of fiction, featuring characters who are skilled experts in space travel. In both cases, the details of the challenges are clearly explained, with no conflicts being lazily resolved by ignorant guesswork of the author. (Both have a deliberate inaccuracy of science as a main plot point though, which is a different matter altogether.) Finally, both books are narrated by the same person, who succeeds in consistently giving each character their own unique voice.

Whereas 'The Martian' is based on space travel of the near future, 'The Appolo Murders' is based on the non-existent space mission of Appolo 18, and around the people and details of that Era. In short, both are highly reccomded. 🍁

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Be prepared to forget life around you…..

I thoroughly enjoyed leaving earth for a couple days on an adventure that grips you only a couple minutes in and doesn’t let go. Great narration by Ray Porter. Thank you Mr. Hadfield for a great story!

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When did Tom Clancy go to Space?

This is not a SciFi. This is a full on Spy Thriller that rivals the work of the great Tom Clancy that happens to take place in Space. i was completely hooked the entire time i got out of my car and just walked around with it playing aloud because was so captivated.

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Entertaining Unique Story

I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about space travel and astronaut life.
The story is a bit slow to start the but really interesting so it draws you in right away to learn about NASA life.
Once they are in space the story is so interesting and engaging and the action really draws you in.
I highly recommend this book as a quick easy read.

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Movie??

This would make a great movie! Really enjoyed the suspense and carefully thought out story line.

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A tantalising mix of fact and fiction

Both Porter and Hadfield hit the ball out of the park with this one. Eloquently written with the perfect amount of technical detail, as is expected from a former Astronaut and Engineer.

The story was gripping, character development was natural and the narration was flawless. I loved the peppering of true-to-life facts throughout the story,

As a self proclaimed space-o-file, this book checked all the boxes. Highly recommend to any space nerds, engineers or literally anyone looking for an excellent read!

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  • KGK
  • 2022-06-29

The Apollo Murders

We loved this book so much. This book is so great! We listened intensely from beginning to end. Hope there are more books coming from this writer! Such great writing and so suspenseful! Best sci-fi ever! Loved all the background knowledge shared in this book.
Looking forward to more! Ray Porter is also our favourite! Hope he will do more too!

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  • Brice
  • 2022-02-06

Great Insight into Apollo missions

This book was very detailed with the workings of a space ship and how things happen during a flight. The story was very believable and keep you interested the whole way through.

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  • Craig Williams
  • 2022-02-01

Lost me after 5+ hours.

This story just didn't pull me in. Writing and narrating was fine but i just lost interest after a while.

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  • yoshia
  • 2022-01-26

Wonderful!

This is an excellent listen. Highly recommend. His first attempt at fiction is a full success.

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  • Ron
  • 2021-11-25

A very good thriller

A very entertaining book with realistic detail to bring it to life.
The plot kept me guessing right to the end.

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  • Dave
  • 2021-11-19

Great read from start to finish

Really enjoyed the story and characters in the audiobook. Ray Porter was excellent as usual, including some pretty tricky language.

I loved it enough to buy a couple of copies in hardcover to give as gifts.

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  • Michelle
  • 2021-11-11

Serious drama! So exciting!

You’ll want to listen to each and every last word. Clear your schedule. You won’t want to do much else but follow along with this incredible journey.

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  • Matt P
  • 2021-11-04

A great read!

I loved the book. Ray Porter's delivery was on point as it always is. The book feels more real than it should. Chris' real life experience as an astronaut with NASA and Roscosmos really lends itself to the believability of the story. You almost want to google the names of some of the characters because you can't tell who's real and who's made up (thanks, Chris for adding the notes in the end to clear up just who was real and who was fictitious). I hope Chris writes more books like this!

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  • Wendy Clark
  • 2021-10-25

Is there nothing this man can't do!!

Was so amazed at how well written this story is. Constantly kept me listening and entertained.