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Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space | [Chris Jones]

Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

In November 2002, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, left on what was to be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station. But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is an incredible, true-life adventure set on the most dangerous frontier of all: outer space.

The call of space is worth the risk it entails for a special breed of individual - men such as U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin. In November 2002 they left on what they thought would be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station.

But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home. Too Far from Home chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered Mission Controls in Houston and Moscow as they worked frantically against the clock to bring their men safely back to Earth. Chris Jones writes beautifully of the majesty and mystique of space travel, while reminding us all of how perilous it is to soar beyond the sky.

©2007 Chris Jones; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Jones'] story combines gripping narrative and strongly defined characters....Jones' reporting is filled with details of life aboard the space station...That sort of frank talk enhances readers' identification with the astronauts, making their drama all the more engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dan APO, NY, USA 06-12-07
    Dan APO, NY, USA 06-12-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Very good story"

    This story was an excellent quick history of both the Russian and American space programs. The main theme of the story about the astronauts who were stranded on the International Space Station after the loss of the Columbia shuttle in 2003; I found fascinating.

    The side tracks the author made on the history of the program gave a lot more insight into the differing mentalities of the American and Russians Astronauts.

    The only detractor to this book, for me, was that I felt that the author got overly flowery in describing certain scenes, but that is not often.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better idea of what it is like to be an astronaut.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Whittier, CA, United States 03-30-07
    Susan Whittier, CA, United States 03-30-07 Member Since 2003
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    "I LIKED it."

    Some of this book's tone may be described as overwrought - but in a good way. I just plain loved it. The stories, the descriptions and even all the adjectives took me back to the heady excitement and drama of the early days of the "space race," even with the steely-eyed, too-good-to-be-true astronauts. The book was diverting, thought-provoking (I loved the idea of the large and larger concepts of home), exciting and well narrated. If you remember Apollo and Mercury, you will like this book. And if you don't remember them, you need to read this book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 11-19-13
    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2006

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good book for people interested in the details of what it might be like to be an astronaut or cosmonaut assigned to a long duration space station mission.

    The book has an emotional, flowery tone that can be just a bit cloying, but the level of real detail and fascinating detail make up for that.

    The audio book production quality is excellent, the narrator does a great job.

    Recommended for readers interested in the American and Russian space programs.


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    T Rockledge, Fl, United States 02-17-11
    T Rockledge, Fl, United States 02-17-11

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    "I found it difficult to take off my headphones"

    Chris Jones draws you into the current space program in ways that bring the events of Columbia's tragedy, current work aboard the ISS as well as the history of space exploration to life. Although some reviews have criticized his overly dramatic style, they forget that NASA teemed with Disney to make the Apollo program more accessible and exciting to people in the 1960s. I loved the artistic flair...it helped me 'see' and relate better to the events he unfolded.

    Obviously, I enjoyed listening to this book immensely. More than just listening, I found that I would look up dates, events, people as the chapters went along to learn more about the details behind some of the stories presented. I don't think you even have to be that interested in the space program to find Too Far from Home captivating....but you will finish it wanting to know what happens next. I hope Chris Jones writes more! Erik Davies did a superb narration as well!

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    stuartcw Yokosuka, Japan 11-14-10
    stuartcw Yokosuka, Japan 11-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Details America's partnership with Russia in Space"

    I learnt a lot about the recent partnership between America and Russia and how the International Space Station came about. The most memorable part of the story for me was the detailed description of life on the Mir Space Station which was much scarier than I had imagined.

    The book also shows the difference between the mentality of the Cosmonauts and Astronauts and between NASA and the Russian space agency. I have greater respect for both sides now.

    Even though the prose was a bit long winded at times I'm definitely going to listen again.

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    Alan Burchill 12-13-09
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    "Spaceflight fans must listen to this"

    Very details history of the US astronauts and go throught the whole history of the US and USSR space program... also has a really great cliff hanger ending...

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    Lloyd Ithaca, NY, USA 11-18-07
    Lloyd Ithaca, NY, USA 11-18-07
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    "Book 5, narrator 1"

    ...equals a review of 3 stars for this book. Good story, and the detail on the Russian space program is key as the tale progresses - the ending is so fascinating that you'll be hard-pressed to remember it's fact, not fiction. Some of the writing was mushy and over-the-top theatrical, but I was willing to overlook that. The narrator did his best to put me to sleep, however, so get yourself a good Starbucks and settle down for a story as compelling as "Apollo 13".

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    Robin Tampa, FL, USA 09-30-07
    Robin Tampa, FL, USA 09-30-07
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    "Almost too far from delightful"

    This book is factual, well-meaning... and ultimately a bit dry. I recommend this for anyone with an interest in the space program, but don't expect it to be riveting or have much emotional impact. A review in the NY Times (which was how I came upon this) indicated it was a fabulous long article that was now expanded into a book. I can certainly believe that it was a brilliant article- the book has good sources and details, and loses its way in presenting them. I had read Challenger Park earlier and it was fun seeing the amount of "fiction" in that book was actually truth.

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    Arthur Harrisburg, PA, USA 04-27-07
    Arthur Harrisburg, PA, USA 04-27-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Read"

    Magnificent book...fascinating history of the NASA space program but even better is the way the author is able to convey the emotional experiences of the astronauts. I typically turn to my audio books when I'm not able to read. This one, though, I just could not turn off.

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    If you could sum up Too Far From Home in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating full of information for the enthusiast


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has so much information about both the US and Russian space programs


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    very good reading, very funny when he tries to imitate a Russian accent


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

    the end was excellent


    Any additional comments?

    this book is very interesting if you like space exploration and would like to know about it's history.

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