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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Audiobook

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.
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Publisher's Summary

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

Chris Hadfield decided to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo moon landing with his family on Stag Island, Ontario, when he was nine years old, and it was impossible for Canadians to be astronauts. In 2013, he served as Commander of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth during a five-month mission. Fulfilling this lifelong dream required intense focus, natural ability and a singular commitment to "thinking like an astronaut."

In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris gives us a rare insider's perspective on just what that kind of thinking involves, and how earthbound humans can use it to achieve success and happiness in their lives.

Astronaut training turns popular wisdom about how to be successful on its head. Instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst; always sweat the small stuff; and do care what others think. Chris shows how this unique education comes into play with dramatic anecdotes about going blind during a spacewalk, getting rid of a live snake while piloting a plane, and docking with space station Mir when laser tracking systems fail at the critical moment. Along the way, he shares exhilarating experiences, and challenges, from his 144 days on the ISS, and provides an unforgettable answer to his most-asked question: What's it really like in outer space?

With humour, humility and a profound optimism for the future of space exploration, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth offers listeners not just the inspiring story of one man's journey to the ISS, but the opportunity to step into his space-boots and think like an astronaut - and renew their commitment to pursuing their own dreams, big or small.

©2013 Chris Hadfield (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[T]he real treat is Hadfield's presentation. His familiar and natural demeanor draws the listener in from the opening lines. All the joy and wonder he feels about space travel and life is conveyed through a masterful use of pace and tone, while flawless transitions lead to an equally effective delivery of the reflective passages. This appealing audiobook certainly allows Hadfield to add 'narrator' to his impressive list of accomplishments." (AudioFile)

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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-27-14
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-27-14
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    "Good, but not without flaws."

    The writing is a bit choppy. It definitely might have benefited from better editing. Perhaps a rushed release?

    I appreciate his outlook on life. He's a highly impressive individual with a very long laundry list of accomplishments and qualifications. Even though I get the feeling that he's a genuinely humble person, the writing style gives a certain aura of self-indulgence. I'm sure this wasn't desired or intentional, but perhaps better editing may have been able to correct a lot of these issues.

    Some of the stories are very inspiring and motivational. Others are quite obviously filler.

    The narration isn't terrible, but again, a bit choppy. He is able to inject a ton of personality and enthusiasm into the reading, but it also lacks a professional polish.

    The inside look at how NASA operates was extremely interesting though. I really enjoyed that.

    Overall, it was good! 4 stars. Or perhaps 3.5. It was a good listen!

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    Luke 11-30-13
    Luke 11-30-13
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    "Fascinating book by a fascinating man"

    Read by the man himself, this audiobook takes what is a slightly choppy book and makes it into a personal series of stories told directly to you.

    I may be slightly starstruck by this, and it may be affecting my judgment but I really enjoyed this tale of space and humanity. The book version is very much written in the style of speech, that is to say it writes like you would speak, not as a formal writer. It is a stylistic choice that grammarians decry, but coupled with this audiobook it works beautifully.

    The recording begins slightly choppy, as if there were a few stumbles before Mr Hadfield got into the rhythm of recording this book. As I read along, I noticed a few times words or the order of sentences did not match up to the printed version, so I assume he used one of the final proofs or these small issues were deemed not worthy of editing the tape, which I understand. The room or mike seems to have an airy feeling to it, like there was a hollow space around the mike, but again, that's a little problem.

    The story is not linear but follows the theme of the book, that of learning to learn or to be a better and more useful person.

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    Brianne 04-11-16
    Brianne 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Iv listened to it 3 times, chris hadfield is amazing and this is worth it!

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    Sean Murphy 04-08-16
    Sean Murphy 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A true aspiring tale"

    I dream to aspire to the great humbleness of one of the most interesting men in the world. I am even more proud now then I have ever been to be a Canadian, developer, and innovator.

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    Robert D Bullock 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent! a true joy to listen to"

    Far more than an astronaut's autobiography, Mr Hadfield speaks to us as if we were sitting in his living room listening to his true accounts, stories, and sage advice. I take away more than his story - I take away life lessons that I will long remember

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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-20-16
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story!"

    Wonderful story by one of Canada's national heroes! Loads of incredible wisdom about living a great life, shared in an amusing, humble, and memorable way. A must read (or listen).

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    Hung 02-16-16
    Hung 02-16-16
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    "It enriched my life."

    It is the book of proverbs from a modern man who has gone up to the heavens and come back. The lessons of such heavenly goodness couples with earthly values. Thanks Chris!

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    Robin 11-09-15
    Robin 11-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    Wonderfully written and articulate. I could visualize every step of the way through Chris Hadfield's amazing life and career. I felt like he was happily commuting to and from work with me, just chatting about life. I'm going to listen to it for a second time. So glad I bought this audiobook!

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-12-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 05-12-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Fascinating account"
    If you could sum up An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Quite a story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters in this story. It is an account of Chris Hadfield's experiences as he went from dreaming of being an astronaut at age 9, to actually being one.


    What does Chris Hadfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed hearing his story in his own voice. The story could not have rung as clear if narrated by someone else.


    What did you learn from An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned so many lessons. Chris taught us to learn preparedness, not get full of ourselves, find solutions to problems and many other valuable lessons. I found it bittersweet that by fulfilling his dream, he had to create distance between himself and those he loved. That must have been extremely difficult and heart-wrenching. But kudos to Chris for following his dreams and his heart. Many of us do not have the courage to do this.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable book though it really did not have any ups or downs... just steady.

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    Tammy 02-10-14
    Tammy 02-10-14

    Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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    "Not at all what you would think"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth to be better than the print version?

    Of course!! It was narrated by Chris!!!


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

    It's a book all on its own


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

    Not applicable


    What did you learn from An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth that you would use in your daily life?

    Chris actually made me rethink how I can handle difficult situations and keep my cool. This is a great book for leadership.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an easy listen. Chris does not get too scientific and keeps it simple. The stories he tells about all his different challenges and struggles are so inspiring. This is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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