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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Audiobook

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 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, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Col. Hadfield takes listeners 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 Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Chris Hadfield (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-16-16
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-16-16 Member Since 2008

    I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.

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    "Chris Hadfield Is The Real Thing!"

    At first, I thought Chris Hadfield was too good to be true. Too perfect, maybe a goody-two-shoes, a Pollyanna? I soon changed my tune. He's the real thing and he has written and narrated the most amazing book. Is there anything this man cannot do? He shows that if you put your mind to it and have well-defined goals, perhaps anything is possible.

    What did I like the best about this book? I loved the life lessons, the how-tos on survival and achieving goals. They apply to just about everyone in any situation, and I can't wait to be putting them into practice. No more mindless and self-destructive worrying for me. He shows that there is another way.

    Another favorite section for me was the in-depth description on the space trip he commanded, particularly the re-entry part. I felt like I experienced it along with him. If not, I probably got as close as I could get as an armchair listener.

    And the minus one, zero, and plus one philosophy. Such a great way at looking at who you want to be, could be life changing!

    This book, however, is not just about Chris Hadfield. It is about the detailed workings of NASA, what it is all about, how it operates. I was so surprised, very pleasantly surprised. It is not something the average person thinks about. All I ever imagined was launchings and recoveries. There is so much more. And there is much to be learned about the Russian space program in this book. ALL fascinating!

    This is another of those audiobooks that sat far too long in my Library. That seems to be the true test for me. If it sits too long in the Library or on my player, it just has to be the best of listens! And this was. Heartily recommended. If you are in a listening slump (bad picks and more bad picks), get this book and enjoy! And if you aren't in a slump, get this book, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-25-15
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Excellent memoir"

    Chris Hatfield is the boss! Well written, well narrated and interesting. If you are interested in space, NASA, ISS or fantastic true stores of guts and determination then spend your credit here.

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    Ann SAINT MARYS, OH, United States 01-08-14
    Ann SAINT MARYS, OH, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Bought this three times, worth every penny"
    Would you listen to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth again? Why?

    Yes. And I will probably re-read in print as well.


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

    Everything! But I especially loved the parts on preparedness - sweating the small stuff, and putting your ego aside to be a part of the team. And all the great anecdotes about being in space. Nothing's ever made me want to go to space like this before.


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

    Always great to hear an audiobook read by the author. Especially when you've followed him on youtube!


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

    Yes, very hard to 'put down.'


    Any additional comments?

    I was only a few chapters into this when I knew it was a keeper. It's way more than a memoir, it's really good advice on how to conduct yourself in life. I bought a hard copy for my boss, and another copy for a friend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dusty5454 08-09-15
    Dusty5454 08-09-15
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    "Excellent story and terrific narration"

    I never expected to enjoy a book about space travel so much, but Chris made it so exciting. If I weren't a grandma, think I would consider a space career!

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    Amazon Customer 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally engaging"

    I felt like a little kid. What a life adventure. My first audiobook. Worth it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Washington, DC, United States 03-29-14
    Alison Washington, DC, United States 03-29-14
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    "Real life rocket man"
    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever been curious about space travel and all the work that goes into it, then you'll find this to be a well-written, interesting true story by a recently retired astronaut. Hadfield is at his best when he's describing the experience since it's as close as I'll ever come to space. The "life lessons" imparted throughout don't really strengthen the story and make it a bit preachy. I think he would've been better served if he'd simply focused on his bio without the take-aways. That said, it's still a great read. It made this week's launch of the Soyuz (and its delay in connecting with ISS) really come to life for me. He seems like a solid human, and I was glad to see that he realized his life's dream.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hollie BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 12-03-13
    Hollie BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Breathtaking!"
    If you could sum up An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely breathtaking!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially loved the way Chris not only tells his stories but what each of his thoughts and actions meant towards him and the rest of his crew.


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

    Definitely Chris Hadfield himself!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Remember, Hero to Zero! This moment brought me to realize what matters in tough situations. Don't get caught up in yourself and your own problems, think about those that surround you.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I knew what the ending song title was... very beautiful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zhenya K. 06-23-14
    Zhenya K. 06-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. Hadfield does a great job allowing you to get a glimpse of what it may be like to go into space.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the entire book is very interesting, the parts about being in space expectedly are much more so.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend Hadfield's interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It may be available here on Audible or on NPR or elsewhere. Terry Gross is great and that interview inspired me to get the book. Also, Hadfield has a number of really cool short videos from ISS on CSA's youtube channel. Search for Chris Hadfield, and they should come up somewhere close to top.

    Although, I'm not pointing this out as a reason not to listen to this book, I wish the recording quality was better. The sound is muted between the phrases probably by some auto-cleaning audio tool and there is some unnecessary reverb.

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    Brady 01-22-14
    Brady 01-22-14
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    "Enjoyable and interesting"

    This essentially is an autobiography of Chris Hadfield's pursuit of and becoming an astronaut. But it's a fun listen and very interesting. Along the way, you learn about Chris Hadfield, his wife and children. But you also learn about what it takes to become an astronaut and a little about what life is like as an astronaut. The author comes across as a very accessible and down-to-earth (no pun intended) guy. If you didn't know he was an astronaut and you met him on the street, he would probably seem like a great guy to hang out with . . . playing guitar, watching hockey (he's from Canada), etc. He emphasizes a lot of great qualities - such as the importance of preparation, humility, and being a team player. I could probably listen to this a second time and not have any loss in enjoyment hearing it. I strongly recommend it.

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    Ori Zmora 08-23-16
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    "My life as an astronaut"

    Insights into Col. Hadfield's personal life and to an astronaut's life in general, which in this respect provide a window into an otherwise closed and fantastic story.

    But if you're here looking for "life lessons", perhaps you'd do better looking elsewhere.

    Narration is pleasant and easy to listen to - but lacking in energy and excitement. Some may say it is very Canadian ;)

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