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Space: 1969

By: Bill Oakley
Narrated by: Natasha Lyonne,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

What if President John F. Kennedy had survived and rocketed the Space Race of the 1960s into overdrive? And what if he was, maybe, not quite...himself?  

Space: 1969 is a wild and outrageous sci-fi comedy from the mind of Emmy-winning writer Bill Oakley (The Simpsons, Futurama, Portlandia). 

Nancy Kranich (played by Emmy-nominated actress Natasha Lyonne of Russian Doll and Orange Is the New Black) is a night nurse on an orbiting space station. But Nancy hates her job, is sick of space, and longs to find adventure and a safe place to smoke cigarettes that won’t blow everyone up.  

But when Nancy gets caught up in an outer-space conspiracy involving President Kennedy (serving his third term), former vice-president Richard Nixon (now a miserable, forgotten lawyer practicing estate law in New York City), and an intergalactic object that could change the course of history, she gets way more adventure than she bargained for.  

Can Nurse Nancy save herself, the Moon Colony, and the future of the entire United States of America?  

Space: 1969 is a retro sci-fi comedy adventure that has to be heard to be believed!   

Narrators: 

  • Natasha Lyonne 
  • Jim Meskimen
  • LJ Ganser 
  • Catherine Taber
  • Barrett Leddy
  • Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Dina Pearlman
  • Gabriel Vaughan
  • Jay Snyder
  • Kevin Pariseau
  • Kevin T. Collins
  • Khristine Hvam
  • Mark Boyett
  • Helen Laser
  • Nick Sullivan
  • Piper Goodeve
  • Robert Creighton
  • Steve Routman
  • Thom Rivera
  • Ron E. Rains
  • Richie Moriarty
  • Jeb Kreager
  • Henry Strozier
  • Bartley Booz
  • Adrian Roberts
  • Joniece Abbott-Pratt
  • Carol Monda
  • Bill Oakley
  • Josh Weinstein
  • Shaun O'Hagan
  • Marc Vietor
©2022 Audible Originals LLC (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Bill Oakley is a former show-runner, executive producer and head writer of The Simpsons, best known for writing the much-memed "Steamed Hams" segment. He has also written and produced Futurama, Disenchantment, Portlandia, and Close Enough and has earned three Emmys and a Peabody Award for his work. His hobby is making funny Instagram fast-food reviews (@thatbilloakley) which have earned him the moniker "The Gordon Ramsay of Fast Food." Space: 1969 is his first Audible Original.

About the Performer

Four-time Emmy-and Golden Globe-nominee Natasha Lyonne is a gifted creator who continues to push boundaries as a producer, actor, writer, and director after more than three decades in the industry.
Lyonne co-created the Netflix series Russian Doll, which won three Emmy-awards, a total of 13 Emmy-nominations, including Comedy Series and Lead Actress for Lyonne, a Gotham Award nomination, and a Golden Globe acting nomination for Lyonne after premiering in 2019. She produces, writes, directs the series in which she stars alongside Greta Lee, Charlie Barnett and Chloë Sevigny. The second season of Russian Doll premiered on April 20.
Lyonne is currently in production on Rian Johnson’s mystery drama series Poker Face, in which she stars and executive produces. The episodic anthology series has a who’s who of guest stars, including Chloë Sevigny, Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephanie Hsu, and will premiere on Peacock in 2023. Lyonne lends her voice for Warner Bros DC League of Super-Pets starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, out in July 2022.
Along with Maya Rudolph, Lyonne launched Animal Pictures in 2018 with veteran independent producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens, which is currently in a first look deal with Apple TV +. Through Animal, Lyonne produced and directed the October 2020 Netflix special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine. Animal is currently in post-production on Loot, a half-hour comedy series starring Rudolph. In April, their first feature, Crush, premiered on Hulu. Most recently, Animal debuted its first documentary, Sirens, to rave reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

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Simply the Best Full-Cast Audio Book Ever!

If you like good writing, creative plots, outstanding acting, and superb audio engineering, this is the title for you! I loved everything about Space: 1969. It's clever, funny, and, if you are familiar with the era, warmly nostalgic. The acting is top-notch, Natasha Lyonne, playing the nurse, is just an amazing performance. The Nixon and Kennedy characters are delightfully funny and well-acted. In fact, every character is well fleshed-out and beautifully voiced. The direction and editing is tight as a drum.

What really pulled it all together is the incredible sound engineering, the sound effects, music, stereo separation, and editing are absolutely the best I've ever heard in a full-cast audio production. I've listened to thousands of hours of audiobooks, podcasts, and radio plays, but this one stands head and shoulders above them all. I really hope this writing group and production team put out more stories like this one, I will buy them all. Hats off to Audible Originals for making this outstanding performance available.

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  • 07-05-22

What A Romp!

Who shot JFK? (You'll never see it coming.)

If you like silly satire, you'll like this take on the old radio drama format.

If you're happy when the lead protagonist is a self assured and saucy lady that doesn't take any guff from all the condescending men trying to put her "in her place," you'll be smiling the whole time.

If you like self-referential semi-fourth-wall breaking, you're in for a treat.

If you're an irreverent history buff, you'll enjoy this even more.

But, if you love a silly space-time continuum trope as well, you're gonna REALLY LOVE this one!

(And, why didn't Goldie Hawn get named billing? Was it her agent or the lawyers?!? She was robbed...)

Bone apple tea!

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I can't say enough positive things about this

Many titles have super high ratings for really inexplicable reasons (which many people have notices), but this one DESERVES great ratings.

Really, I can't say enough good things about this.
Obviously, the fact that it's a full cast is already a HUGE boon. Then there's the fact that it's a full cast of GREAT voices.

The humour is SPOT ON, the sounds effects give great immersion without being overdone, except when it's on purpose and incorporated into the story.

There's retro drama/reveal tunes, inter-scene music bits... The story is unpredictable... Did I mention the humour and wit are AMAZING?

I hope Audible original produces more jewels like this.

Oh, and to top it all off: yes, it has the good "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program". No audiobook is complete without it.

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NATASHA IS ALWAYS KILLING IT! 💯🔊

Loved this! Will be playing over a couple more times. A we Natasha Lyonne’s voice acting is 🔥. After listening to this, I’m immediately thinking about how much more narrations I need from Natasha!! I want MORE! Get back in the studio! …Also, the music in between the chapters makes me want to shake my booty. Totally didn’t need to add that, but I also did need to.

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Like Firesign Theater with a plot!

Witty, quick & quirky, 1969 political and cultural referents utilized with aplomb, alacrity and erudite irreverence.

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WOW ! Hilarious, Retro, Clever

5/5 - cannot recommend this enough. I have never listened to anything with such high production value. Was cleverly written, went by so fast. MUST LISTEN, Cannot wait for Bill Oakley's next audible original.

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fun!

Fun, entertaining story. Definitely made for audio... I loved the way it was like an old timey radio drama, complete with commercials, and great use of breaking the 4th wall. I just wish it ended with a conclusion, feels like it was left open for sequel?

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Don’t make me angry!

Because this is amazing! Season 2 please! Funny and quirky. Loved every chapter of this story!

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why isn't this already a streaming series?

This book was an absolute bombshell, as sultry, mysterious, and sexu as Nurse Craddock. There were many laugh out loud moments that got me strange looks, as I listened with my headphones in public spaces.
The story line, while preposterous, is enticing and makes me wish it were possible. The narration of the cast and ambient sounds made feel like I was watching the scenes unfold right before my eyes because the cast is top-notch. I swear I was listening to Nixon and Kennedy, but Natasha Lyonne stole the show. It wasn't just the character, but the way Natasha brought her character to life.
This is one audio book that is so immersive, with 3D effects, that you must use stereo headphones to really get the whole experience. Why this isn't a Prime streaming series, I don't know! Just imagine it!

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Great, Weird, Funny, and Lyonne.

I'll listen to anything with Natasha Lyonne in it. It also helps that's its really funny and has great production with a stellar cast that really commits to the absurdity. Stong Futurama vibes. I hope Bill Oakley makes more, be it a direct or spiritual sequel, and brings back Lyonne!

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  • 09-12-22

Oh dear, not for the UK market

The humour, whatever there might be of it and I certainly didn't hear any, would appear to be of the American variety. So unless you like things spelt out with canned laughter and annoying music, I'd advise staying clear of this one.

If you are unaware I flag this is a number of episodes of a programme bolted together.

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  • 09-22-22

Eat Your heart out Space 1999

I was a little concerned as to whether I’d like this or not, however, I found it very funny and a great way to help boring jobs move swiftly. I suspect tho that those born after the 1970s would find some of the references somewhat obscure.
If you have a bit of a warped sense of humour like mine, then I would hope you would enjoy the brilliant silliness of it all.
Bill Oakley has a fantastical mind with an amazing imagination. And after all, there can’t be too many people who don’t like a slice of pizza pie on occasion.

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  • Susan W
  • 09-14-22

NOT for UK audiences!

I'm always willing to give space-based 'funny' presentations a go, but holy hell, this is about as funny as a root canal without anaesthetic!

The voice actors do as well as they can with the awful script, and Ms Lyonne delivers her 10,000-a-day cigarette habit voice with aplomb.

The story is just, well, dire.
A pedestrian and bland story with few redeeming features... Childish humour.

UK audiences often struggle with cringey American humour.
Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell, and show hosts such as Johnny Carson clones, are perfect examples.

If you like this kind of humour, you will love this, but for those who prefer their humour to be a bit more on the cerebral side - you will likely struggle to finish.

Apologies to the actors.
If it wasn't free, I'd want my money back!

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  • Aeomer
  • 10-07-22

Wonderful for those having trouble sleeping.

if you are having trouble dropping off to sleep and downing a whole bottle of pills is not working, this is a viable last resort. I was praying for the sweet release of death by sixty seconds in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-22

Space pizza conspiracy

Kennedy didn't die in 1963, he got reelected and focused heavily on the space race, which meant the USA now have an orbiting space station and a moon colony. In said space station works a nurse with bad temper that meets Jerry Lewis right before he is killed and a conspiracy starts to be unveiled. This book is very funny, it's narrated by Richard Nixon, and the constant breaking of the 4th wall works every time. Finally, it appears I could listen to Natasha Lyonne reading all day. Excellent voice actor with a particular voice that is music to my ears.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-22

Absolutely Brilliant, I loved it!x

Fantastically wonderful performances and brilliant writing. Loved it and prey there is a sequel in the works.x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-22

My first audiobook I've finished

It was a nice story with a number of enjoyable characters, and some really funny moments. The story is not too complicated but it is interesting enough to be captivating for the 5 and a half hours of runtime.
Having different voice actors for all the characters really helps to elavate the experience and the music too adds to the 60s asthetics.

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  • Igor
  • 11-19-22

A very American humor, definitely not for everyone

It was fun to hear, but if you know nothing about US history and/or don't like American humor it's not for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-15-22

Stick with it!

First couple of attempts I wasn't feeling it.
But give it a couple of chapters and you'll find a very funny listen, with a unique story telling process.
VOTE NIXEN!

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  • s j page
  • 11-13-22

Surprise book

This was a amusing story of an alternate story of the JFK assassination attempt with very good actors providing voices of characters ..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-22

Funny & hilarious

what a great alternate story with sub-plots within sub-plots, all delivered by a great cast.

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  • Jacqui Stanford
  • 08-27-22

So much fun!

Such a fun listen, loved every minute. Natasha Lyonne fans are bound to love.

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  • Sue
  • 08-12-22

Give this one a second chance

Clearly written by a boomer and well referenced. This space opera is a ride through the late 60's but in an alternative time line. Narration by President Nixon who never became president.

I started to listen to the audible three times and was about to give it a miss. Once I got through the first 20 minutes I was hooked. I can’t find any other audible books by Bill Oakley but have found he has written quite a bit for the Simpsons and Futurama