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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth | [Chris Hadfield]

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space.
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality.

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement - and happiness.

His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.

©2013 Chris Hadfield (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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    "Fantastic story read by the author with passion!"
    What made the experience of listening to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the details of space life from the author himself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth?

    Details of the re-entry of Chris Hadfield and his crew in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Hadfield – was your favorite?

    Himself!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really - it would have taken too long, but I liistened to it twice a day for a week and loved it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Thomas
    Truro, United Kingdom
    3/7/14
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    "Well worth a listen"

    This was not the autobiography I expected. Hadfield gets that out of the way in about two chapters, and spends the rest of the book discussing the intricacies of preparing for and experiencing his final mission, and applying his philosophy to everyday life. In that regard, this book is unusually accurate to its title, and is a must-read for anyone pursuing a challenging career path.

    Hadfield is excellent at demonstrating how every individual in the ISS project is playing an important bit-part, including the astronauts themselves. He speaks humbly to an almost infuriating degree - at times I found myself wishing he'd get on with acknowledging how awesome at everything he had to be to end up where he did. Occasionally his philosophy can be a little shallow, assuming that everything in life will turn out for the best (well, DUH, if it didn't you wouldn't have become an astronaut!) but he accompanies this with a very healthy acknowledgement of the risks that he would never have flown.

    This wasn't the autobiography I expected, but the details on NASA are fascinating, and it is inspiring to listen to someone who aimed for the sky and made it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Inspiring, insightful and interesting"
    Would you listen to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth again? Why?

    From humble beginnings, here is someone who had a dream and followed it to completion. Often stating he has been lucky, which everyone needs a little of....but actually, I think it is more like inspiration and perspiration.

    The book is very good, especially for anyone interested in the life of the modern day astronaut, and wants to delve deeper than simply knowing what it is like to take off and walk in space. At a time when I am finding elements of my job dull, it is refreshing to hear that, I am not alone out there, but as opposed to letting that get on top of you, you should always make the most of it....


    What other book might you compare An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth to, and why?

    Moondust


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Bayliss
    London, England United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "Rocket Man"

    I remember when Chris Hadfield was in space. I remember watching the you tube videos and thinking how cool it looked. When I saw this audiobook I thought I would give it a go. I have never been one to dream about space or being an astronaut, so approached it with an open mind. Chris Hadfield was one of the first Canadian astronaut's and his story is excellent. It is has much a story about dedication and ambition as it was about space and being an astronaut.

    Very good listen and very entertaining story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • chikwan
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    3/1/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth the most enjoyable?

    He's got a great expressive voice for telling His story. It's much more than a narrative of his journey into space (although everything he does tell us about space is fascinating and even exciting), it explores his philosophy for life in general and gives much food for thought.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
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    "A turley great guide to life"
    Where does An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this audio book....I couln't stop listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Hadfield is a remarkable man but so real and down to earth. He has unimaginable focus and determination.


    What about Chris Hadfield’s performance did you like?

    The honesty and the way he was so driven from being so young.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The down to earth astronaut who aimed for the stars.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this audiobook, it is very inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matheus
    Diemen, Netherlands
    1/26/14
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    "Impressive life story."
    What does Chris Hadfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Having Col. Chris Hadfield reading his own life, full of emotions, made me think i was just there having a chat with him.


    Any additional comments?

    Always wanted to know how is the life of a modern astronaut. And Col. Chris Hadfield have an impressive life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Fortrose, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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    "An inspiring story from 200 miles above earth"

    Cmdr Hadfield's story is an inspirational and entertaining tale about somebody who has been out of this world and returned safely to shares his stories that range from the mundane to the magnificent.

    He recounts his early life from becoming a fighter pilot with dreams of becoming an astronaut even when there was no Canadian space program through to the problems of preparing for an EVA when your a square astronaut trying to fit through a round hole.

    A wonderful insight in to the life of an astronaut and how seeing our planet from the unique perspective of 200 miles above will change your views.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Bowers Gifford, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Puts our world into perspective"

    I first learned about Chris Hadfield on Twitter at some point but a few weeks ago he was a guest on The Joe Rogan podcast and what he said and how he said it really interested me. I bought the book straight away and it was a very enjoyable listening experience.

    In particular and one of the reasons I bought the book was to hear him describe the impact on human beings in space. This is truly fascinating and really makes you realise how small our world is in comparison to the universe. The view from the space station as another thing that I enjoyed hearing described and I think at one point he refers to seeing 16 sunsets across the globe each day from his vantage point.

    Recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    Bradford on Avon, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Fascinating glimpse of an extraordinary life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not especially interested in astronomy or space travel, but like many, Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' video caught my eye earlier in the year, so I thought I'd try this book. The author reads his own story, which i think is key to its success in this format. He really gives you a sense of the hard-work, determination, drive and strength of character needed to become an astronaut. I had no idea how wide ranging the skill set was, he's a very impressive man!

    There's plenty of humanity and details of the day-to-day for those like me who have a casual interest, but enough to please the space-geeks too. I got the sense that the author wanted to (re)awaken people's fascination with space and he very much achieves that aim. An amazing life, a great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    10/11/14
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    "Intersting in parts but didn't keep me gripped."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this only to someone obsessed with space. I'm very, very interested in space yet sometimes I found it too padded out.


    What could Chris Hadfield have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chris Hadfield was great, he made the pacing of the writing barable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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