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Spaceman Audiobook

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.

Massimino's childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope - which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission - Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having "the right stuff" really means.

©2016 Michael J. Massimino (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-18-16
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-18-16 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Engrossing Memoir"

    As a child Massimino was fascinated and preoccupied with space exploration. He gathered information about his heroes, Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. He wanted to grow up and be an astronaut. Massimino graduated from Columbia and MIT with an engineering degree and then he went to work for NASA.

    Massimino tells in detail about his life as an astronaut and the various missions he was on. I was most interested in the work he did to correct the problem with the Hubble Telescope. He goes into detail about what life in space was like and all the problems he and other astronauts had to overcome. Massimino had obstacles he had to overcome to achieve his goal and how he went about overcoming them is inspiring.

    The book is well written in an affable, conversational style prose. It is great to read about someone achieving their childhood dream. I also found the fact he maintained an unwavering obsession with space all his life absolutely great. The book has humor and is easy to read. It leaves the reader with an upbeat feeling. This is a good book for a young person to read, who is trying to decide on a career choice. Now there is a choice of not only NASA but dozens of private corporations all working in space exploration.

    Mike Massimino did a good job narrating his own book.

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    alexis 10-29-16
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    "the most amazing, inspiring book I've ever read"

    this has to be one if not "THE" most amazing, inspiring book I've ever read in my life. half way through it I put it down and called my university to set up a start date to go back to school and finish my degree. it is so easy to find and excuse to just give up but that's all it is, just a whole bunch of excuses, hearing Mike talk about how an average person much like us "normal people" not geniuses with the perfect health or wealthy family can overcome every obstacle and full feel his dream makes you stop and rethink your self and say hey its time act, it's time stop "just making it by" it's time to get up and start pushing forward, this is the feeling I got when I read this book.

    hope to some day I get to meet him and thank him in person for giving me the push I needed, that ray of hope that I lost so many years ago, or to put it in his terms, that kindle that light my dreams once more.

    Thank you Mass.

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    Joy Woller Antioch, IL USA 10-09-16
    Joy Woller Antioch, IL USA 10-09-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Likable guy, great storyteller"

    Normally nonfiction books don't keep me listening late into the night, repeatedly adding "just 15 more minutes" to the sleep timer for hours. This one did. Mike describes his path from being a boy on Long Island playing in a homemade astronaut costume through the series of choices, challenges, and lucky breaks that culminated in his two spacewalks to perform maintenance on the Hubble telescope. His story is by turns moving and thoughtful and funny and suspenseful.

    Mike did a fantastic job with the narration; his humor and humility shone through the whole time.

    I don't normally write reviews and fear I haven't done this book justice, but I'm pretty much going to be encouraging everyone I know to read or listen to it, so why not start here?

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    Jesse K 12-09-16
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    "Great story on space and life as an astronaut."

    Loved hearing about Mike's journey from a boy with a dream to working hard in school, over coming hurdles, and achieving his dreams and walking in space. The teamwork and friendship Mike's crew displayed to accomplish the mission successfully and support each other when times got tough was both heart warming and inspiring!

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    Kindle Customer Honolulu, HI United States 11-28-16
    Kindle Customer Honolulu, HI United States 11-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wondrous and Inspiring"

    This audiobook grabbed me from the opening paragraph and never let go. Mr. Massimino is an amazing storyteller and his passion shines through his narration. He has inspired me to read more about our space program and the brave astronauts and scientists who accomplished so much.

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    H. Fox Lopatcong NJ 11-22-16
    H. Fox Lopatcong NJ 11-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "loved it!!"

    Mike Massimo has a great way of describing what it was like to be in space. His story is so interesting and relatable, even though I am about as far from an astronaut as you can get. the story is also very inspiring. I am glad he read the book himself, his humor really shines through.

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    Rich Angel 11-21-16
    Rich Angel 11-21-16 Member Since 2000
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    "A personal look inside NASA's astronaut corps."

    This is an enjoyable tale of one astronaut who has been there and back... and is still our "every-man". Thanks Mass!

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    brett Nagano City, Japan 11-20-16
    brett Nagano City, Japan 11-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational story"

    I was expecting this book to be good, I was not disappointed. IT is great, well written and a mind blowing story .

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    Bob Massachusetts 11-14-16
    Bob Massachusetts 11-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent well worth your time"

    Well told story. Excellent narration by the author. spend the credit you wont regret it

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    Frank Turner 11-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Winner!"

    This is probably the best book on an astronauts journey on the Space Shuttle. Mike Massimo story in engrossing from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.

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