Everywhere he goes, crowds gather to meet Buzz Aldrin. He's a world-class hero, a larger-than-life figurehead, and the best known of a generation of astronauts whose achievements surged in just a few years from first man in space to first men on the moon. Now he pauses to reflect on and share what he has learned, from the vantage point not only of outer space but also of time: Still a nonstop traveler and impassioned advocate for space exploration, Aldrin will be 86 in 2016.
No Dream Is Too High whittles down Buzz Aldrin's event-filled life into a short list of the principles he values, each illustrated by fascinating anecdotes and memories, such as:
Second comes right after first. NASA protocol should have placed Buzz Aldrin on the moon first, but rules changed just before the mission. Buzz discusses how he learned to be proud of being the second man on the moon.
Look for opportunities, not obstacles. Buzz was rejected the first time he applied to be an astronaut. Failure is an opportunity to learn to do better.
Always maintain your spirit of adventure. For his 80th birthday, Buzz went diving in the Galapagos and hitched a ride on a whale shark. He stays fit, energetic, and fascinated with life.
No Dream Is Too High is a beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history.
©2016 Buzz Aldrin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Starting chapter is a concise summary of an extraordinary life which included stints as fighter pilot and one of only 12 moon walkers. This background then informs the rather short (5.75 hour total) narrative which provides Aldrin's take on how to live life - reinforced by examples and stories from his past and current work. While the lessons sometimes seem basic ("show me your friends and I will show you your future”) most of life is about getting the basics right after all. Also as an older adult, I appreciated his focus on the importance of keeping and fostering a spirit of adventure and innovation all through life
The narrator did a good job trying to capture the authors voice from the book in his performance – though have to admit I did end up listening to it at 1.5X speed and one gets a better sense of the energy/enthusiasm the author has vs. the sometimes paced feel of reading.
Very welcome read and credit worthy.
Sometimes good to be reminded that the basic lessons are those best remembered.
Plenty of good stories to make it a good read for biography and space enthusiasts as well.
This book is written very accessibly and is full of fun stories and inspirational reminders. The feel is as though you are are visiting with Buzz himself. Thanks.
Loved this book, many great life lessons from someone who knew how to live it.
"Like thinking big?"
Alot appeals to me about this book, if your a big thinker with an open mind, want a better future for humanity then listen to Buzz a man that looked back at the whole globe, not many authors can give you that point of way.
"Best Book 2016"
This is probably the best book listened to so far in 2016 (have listened to at least 15 to 20). If this is an accurate account from Buzz then sounds like a great person.
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