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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson

Read by Ray Porter, with the recording produced by Random House Audio

Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn

Robert Kurson’s fly-on-the-wall chronicle on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Ander is spellbinding. NASA fast-tracked the lunar orbital mission amid tragic setbacks and fears of a Christmas catastrophe, but that audacity and the astronauts’ steady-handed presence paid off. Reader Ray Porter captures the suspense, season with levity and gravitas.


Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.