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Winner of the Gold Science & Technology trophy at the 2020 New York Festivals Radio Awards

The 1960s space race captured our imaginations and our dreams. Today’s efforts to revitalize and expand space travel is being driven not just by government agencies such as NASA, but also by visionaries such as Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic), Elon Musk (SpaceX), and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin).

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, this major documentary-drama series brings to life the past, present, and future of man’s exploration of space. Between 1969 and 1972, twelve Americans walked on the moon. You’ll get to experience the thrill of that era and much, much more.

Narrated by Kate Mulgrew (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Orange Is the New Black; Obie Award winner for Iphigenia 2.0); TV: Star Trek: Voyager, film: Star Trek: Nemesis), The Space Race uses actual audio, original interviews, dramatic reconstructions, and first-hand accounts to tell the story of mankind’s first amazing steps off our world and onto the lunar surface.

With unprecedented access, The Space Race takes listeners to Virgin Galactic’s space program in the Mojave Desert, features conversations with Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Sergei Krikalev, Tim Peake, and numerous key players at mission control. This Audible Original and takes you behind the scenes to see how these exciting adventures in outer space came to be. 

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Save you money ... this book is a disaster. Uninteresting from the very beginning. This may be the first of over 100 books that I don’t finish in the last year.

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  • Catherine Puma
  • 2020-03-18

All Nonfiction Parts GREAT but Fiction Bad

"The Space Race" is an audio documentary-drama series production of the era during which twelve American astronauts went to the moon (1969 - 1972), released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first human moon landing. This includes narration of some historical facts, excerpts of command recordings or interviews from the time period, as well as speculative scenes acted out to try and give this production more flavor and originality.

This is fun to listen to, does not take too long, and I definitely recommend to lifelong fans of space exploration.

As advertised in the book description, this work "features conversations with Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Sergei Krikalev, Tim Peake, and numerous key players at mission control. This Audible Original takes you behind the scenes to see how these exciting adventures in outer space came to be." The strongest parts are when this work explains the history of the Space Race and includes sections of interviews with people who were really there, especially never-before-heard audio and inputs from important, yet underrepresented, figures.

The weakest parts of this audio production are when the content deviates from the facts of what really occurred during this crucial period in man's history. The scenes within aircraft where actors portray conversations between astronauts etc., for which we have no official record of, are so fake and unbelievable. The writing and acting of these scenes are so bad. I just do not see what they bring to the table other than to just take up airtime and give Audible Originals copyright permissions for the "original content" of this documentary-drama piece.

All of the "drama" bits should have been cut, and this would have been much better served as a straight no-nonsense nonfiction discussion of history, science, and technology. As it has been released, I can only give this 4 stars. I expected better.

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This is a great listen for super space exploration fans, especially those excited for plans for new operations to the moon and Mars. I really liked the interviews with people who lived during the Space Race and were either astronauts themselves or worked on the ground crew team. Having real recordings from the COMS were also really powerful in explaining key moments of this important and inspiring history. However, I did not like the narrator's voice and some of the reenactments were significantly overacted and therefore silly. I thought this would have been stronger if it stuck to what had actually happened, though the final chapter about possible futures was thought provoking.

This is fun to listen to once, but it is not the best product about the Space Race.

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  • Hoky Blaster16
  • 2019-09-30

really long

This was a hard one. I loved the material, but really didn't need the dramatizations. Perhaps that should have been another book entirely. I enjoyed the interviews, however, perhaps it should have also been another book. Trust me, I feel like I just read 3 books.

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  • Oppanax
  • 2020-07-08

You lost me at Donald Trump

The book lost me when it included Donald Trump. if I wanted to hear a narcissistic orangutan, I'd go to the zoo.

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  • Susan
  • 2020-06-12

Can’t hear half of the book

I Love all the history books, about Space Travel. I was so disappointed in this one, because I could not hear half, of the recording. Chapter 5, was the only Chapter (until I stopped listening) that adjusted the Historical voice recordings, with the Narrators voice volume. The Narrator and the Story is a 5 Star. The Production of the recording was horrible.
If this book get redone, so I can actually hear it, I would love to try it again.

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  • David Pick
  • 2019-07-23

A blend of past and future prediction space travel

Listened to all 10 chapters because of Kate Mulgrew as narrator. And to hear what they all cover. They do a thorough job of covering the space race between the U.S. and former U.S.S.R. But the story gets a little far out with the future prediction with human space travel. Overall, a worth while listen.

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  • Rich Arnold
  • 2020-08-02

How can you narrate this and mispronounce NASA!!!???

Great story, technical details, and history woven into a compelling tale. That said, you could not have found a worse narrator. Hearing “Nassau” instead of “NASA” Every Single Time means your narrator is either totally oblivious of what she is narrating or being deliberately obtuse. Pronounced every other English, German, and Dutch word correctly but can’t pronounce NASA??? Really took the fun out of this given that NASA is the core for so much of this story.

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  • Nate
  • 2020-02-10

Produced Re-enactments in some unnecessary spots

Some of the main historical audio was reproduced in places where it felt very unnecessary. Production quality was fantastic, I just struggled with parts that were re-done, sometimes mid-sentence. Overall a very interesting audiobook

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  • B.A. Lopez
  • 2019-12-29

Great Overview of Humanity's Second Greatest Story

Great hearing Kate Mulgrew's voice telling the story of the Space Race. Just enough detail in each chapter about each period of the past space programs to remind folks of just how dangerous this whole journey has been. The next steps will be even more so. It was also nice to hear about the Russian side of the story. Although I'm not sure why audio books insist on quoting non-Enlgish speakers with heavy accents!

I highly recommend this title for anyone needing a good reminder or new inspiration for why we NEED to continue to pursue space exploration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-02

Science without God Self Distruction

Even though this was great I am old enough to know most of the history, Excellent up to the Criticism of NASA Astronauts Reciting Psalms, Ok I thought that's interesting, Futher into this Audio Book I come to realize you did not right this book as History or the present Race, You Want to remove God from Science, You should pause the arrogance, Humans as you call us, "People" lol, Please be advised your own book is exactly why God is Omnipresent, No matter where you turn what you say or do, whatever achievement you make it is God. however you, we ,I or them get there, God is the Creator, Your arrogance and lack of Humilty speaks volumes, Even your stupid storyline of people going to colonize another world, thinking you can manipulate erase and control is very shameful, Yes we are Flawed Yes we make mistakes, But you remove God and History, You set a course for sad lonely people who self Distruct, As is playing out in your own STORY. The new science is. God wasn't necessary to Create the Universe Gravity did it on it's own. So we finally reduced it to the Chicken and the Egg, Well Where did Gravity come from, How did we acquire the specific fine tuning to be able to under stand even what gravity is, It is shameful the title. Should be a warning. Wake Up People, Past is necessary for future and We God is why we are here.

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  • Julia Murphy
  • 2020-05-07

Things I didn't know

Interesting review of the devopment of space flight from its beginnings after WW2 to speculation about the future. Learned things I didn't know, esp about the Russians' programs.

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