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.
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Yes. And I will probably re-read in print as well.
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.
Always great to hear an audiobook read by the author. Especially when you've followed him on youtube!
Yes, very hard to 'put down.'
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.
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.
Definitely Chris Hadfield himself!
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.
I wish I knew what the ending song title was... very beautiful!
I would. Hadfield does a great job allowing you to get a glimpse of what it may be like to go into space.
Although the entire book is very interesting, the parts about being in space expectedly are much more so.
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.
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.
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.
The life of an astronaut is not the romantic life fiction books tell us. This is the real life story of a man who wanted to go into space since the age of 9. He, like many of us, watched Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon. This inspiration led Chris Hadfield to live his life and his family's life, to accomplish this goal.
Chris gives us all the minutiae you ever wanted to know. Details about ones bodily fluids etc and what happens to these functions in space. Go into space at your own peril!
The book was interesting although I wished for a reader other than the author. Never-the-less I'm glad I listened.
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