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

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    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.

    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
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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
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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.

    1 of 1 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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ravi Gummadi Fremont, CA 09-12-14
    Ravi Gummadi Fremont, CA 09-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Throw all those self-help books out"
    Would you listen to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth again? Why?

    Yes for sure. The narration, the story and everything about this is just awesome


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

    Multiple, too many too count.


    What about Chris Hadfield’s performance did you like?

    The fact that Chris himself is narrating his autobiography, make this even more special.


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

    -1, 0, 1 : I inherently knew this, but Chris explaining this made it even more clear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danish Princeton, NJ 07-30-14
    Danish Princeton, NJ 07-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I recently started listening to books and am addicted! Sci-fi is my favorite genre!

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    "Inspirational!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth to be better than the print version?

    I believe so, since the audiobook is narrated by the man himself, this brings the added emotion to the entire story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Hadfield, of course.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth?

    Pretty much everything. Especially "preparedness" and "sweating the small stuff". I have, in the past, been guilty of not doing those.


    Any additional comments?

    Chris Hadfield was inspired to become an astronaut after watching the moon landing at age 9. I wish I had read this book at age 9; perhaps, I could've been an astronaut today.

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    Evan Bradley 07-30-14
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    "Out of this world."
    What did you love best about An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth?

    Any book read by the author just means that much more about how much they care about the book that they have written. Chris Hadfield wants people to know about space travel and his life story.


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

    Soyuz stories and talking about the Michelin Men suits. This book is filled with incredible stories and moments which will make you happy.


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

    Himself. There aren't really any characters aside from him that are forming a point of view or opinion. Don't know why I had to answer this...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    No, thank you. I would not like to comment additionally on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    arash haghshenas 07-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth?

    The simplicity of the story while you could imagine the situation
    Humbleness of the narrator
    Lessons about hard working and family


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

    This is the first book I've read written by an astronaut and I cant compare it to any other book. The methodology of using life in space (heaven) to earth is way different than the other books that either remain on earth or want to go from earth to heaven :)


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

    All personal stories are the best if you hear from the person who experienced it, especially if he knows ( or taught by editor or director) how to present it


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

    It is all about learning, following, and leading. As he said, sometimes it is good to be zero


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it. I will read (listen) to another book written by other astronauts to get their perspective.

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    Rocio 05-27-14
    Rocio 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "AMAZING!"

    Worth every penny! Very interesting stories and teachings, plus I never thought how life in space can be so intense and interesting. Mr. Hadfield you are a very special and brave man along with all the people that had work with you, thanks for this wonderful book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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