• An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (606 ratings)

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. 

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 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, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it. 

In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris 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 mesmerising 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 Colonel Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.

©2013 Chris Hadfield (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Fantastic story read by the author with passion!

What made the experience of listening to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth the most enjoyable?

Listening to the details of space life from the author himself.

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

Details of the re-entry of Chris Hadfield and his crew in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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

Himself!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really - it would have taken too long, but I liistened to it twice a day for a week and loved it.

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Simply excellent

enjoyed every minute of this book. thank you Chris for sharing a piece of your fascinating life with us.

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An absolute must-listen to all the dreamers!

If there's one type of videos on YouTube that I can never get enough of, it's space themed videos about performing simple everyday life tasks in space. This book has those details – and so much more!

An absolute must-read (or rather, listen) for all the dreamers out there! Most of us won't ever get to go to space, but we can learn about it and get inspired to live on Earth by doing so.

The fact that Chris Hadfield himself narrates the book was the reason I've chosen an audiobook rather than a physical copy, and it didn't disappoint for a second. Loved it!

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Wow... Just wow 😀

Absolutely loved this book! I've always been fascinated by space and hearing stories from someone who's been there is just amazing. If Chris ever feels like telling more stories about his journey, I'm ready to listen.

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"Aim to be a zero."

If you're new to Audible, start with this one.

I could listen to Colonel narrating for ages. If everyone aspired to be even 1% of what he is, world would be a better place!

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got me to cry

got me to cry.
the book is pretty great with everything. i like it very much.
Chris is such a human. He totaly down to earth explains how he experienced everything.

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Legendary!!!

Nicely done and documented experience of an astronaut and challenges that come with his way of living. Worthwhile listen for anyone livining on Earth.

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Pretty good

Very interesting to hear from astronaut, all the things an astronaut goes through and how to apply some things learned im space here on earth

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Enjoyed it!

A wonderful book. Real guide to improve yourselves and to be a really good earthling.

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Real Quality Reading

Couldn’t stop listening to this.. To me the book was very inspiring and awaking healthy curiosity.
Wish I have read something like this at the age of 15, but it’s never too late :-)

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  • chikwan
  • 03-01-14

Thoroughly enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth the most enjoyable?

He's got a great expressive voice for telling His story. It's much more than a narrative of his journey into space (although everything he does tell us about space is fascinating and even exciting), it explores his philosophy for life in general and gives much food for thought.

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  • Ben
  • 12-02-13

Inspiring, insightful and interesting

Would you listen to An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth again? Why?

From humble beginnings, here is someone who had a dream and followed it to completion. Often stating he has been lucky, which everyone needs a little of....but actually, I think it is more like inspiration and perspiration.

The book is very good, especially for anyone interested in the life of the modern day astronaut, and wants to delve deeper than simply knowing what it is like to take off and walk in space. At a time when I am finding elements of my job dull, it is refreshing to hear that, I am not alone out there, but as opposed to letting that get on top of you, you should always make the most of it....

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

Moondust

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  • D. Faulkner
  • 03-19-15

Interesting stuff

Interesting guy, interesting life, interesting book. More of a personal diary than a philosophical memoir but pretty good none the less

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  • Sue Bayliss
  • 03-13-14

Rocket Man

I remember when Chris Hadfield was in space. I remember watching the you tube videos and thinking how cool it looked. When I saw this audiobook I thought I would give it a go. I have never been one to dream about space or being an astronaut, so approached it with an open mind. Chris Hadfield was one of the first Canadian astronaut's and his story is excellent. It is has much a story about dedication and ambition as it was about space and being an astronaut.

Very good listen and very entertaining story.

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  • Kez
  • 03-13-15

More memoir than diary.

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This book is more about the preparation for his mission to the ISS than a standard autobiography with many chapters about his life and upbringing, which I'm grateful for.

This is a very enjoyable listen for anyone interested in the space program and that side of science and engineering in general and I really appreciated the detail that Hadfield puts into this side of things in the book. I was interested in what astronauts do in the traning and prep time before their missions. I also appreciated the writing about the impact his choice of career had on his family, it's covered in a powerful and reflective, but never sappy way.

Hadfield is not the best narrator, but to be honest, this is to be expected, I'm pretty sure he makes a far better astronaut, so yes there are better narrations on the site, but I still thoroughly enjoyed listening to him read his book.

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  • David Hickey
  • 03-19-15

Best listen to date

Chris has done a remarkable job detailing his life up to this point. Just kind of person you want to be one if the pioneers a stand out from our time though I would guess he would disagree. Listening to this grips you from start to finish, an all round humbling experience that is made all the better with Chris himself being the reader. Enjoy.

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  • Martin
  • 03-16-15

Truly exceptional

Fascinating story. Inspiring messages. Exquisitely written and read. This guy should be a role model for us all. Definitely recommend.

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  • mr
  • 03-15-15

Enjoyed

Very interesting insight to astronauts life by a grounded thinking person, enjoyed the story and insight into space travel. Thanks

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  • Helen
  • 02-25-15

Excellent

This is a brilliant book which I couldn't stop listening to. I really liked listening to Chris Hadfield reading it.

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  • Thomas
  • 03-07-14

Well worth a listen

This was not the autobiography I expected. Hadfield gets that out of the way in about two chapters, and spends the rest of the book discussing the intricacies of preparing for and experiencing his final mission, and applying his philosophy to everyday life. In that regard, this book is unusually accurate to its title, and is a must-read for anyone pursuing a challenging career path.

Hadfield is excellent at demonstrating how every individual in the ISS project is playing an important bit-part, including the astronauts themselves. He speaks humbly to an almost infuriating degree - at times I found myself wishing he'd get on with acknowledging how awesome at everything he had to be to end up where he did. Occasionally his philosophy can be a little shallow, assuming that everything in life will turn out for the best (well, DUH, if it didn't you wouldn't have become an astronaut!) but he accompanies this with a very healthy acknowledgement of the risks that he would never have flown.

This wasn't the autobiography I expected, but the details on NASA are fascinating, and it is inspiring to listen to someone who aimed for the sky and made it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-17

A spectacular and humble insight into one continuous lifetime of applied dedication

This audio book is a must for anyone wanting to support their journey towards their aspirations. Chris' pragmatic and humble explanation of his story and the lessons he has learnt is a captivating and thought provoking narrative that parallels everyday life, despite the awe-inspiring nature of his adventures. You won't regret listening to this!

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  • Matt
  • 04-13-17

What a legend!

Mate - if there was ever a story of sheer determination and focus towards one's life goals, the story of Cmd Chris Hadfield's journey into space tops it!

I am not one to usually read biographies, but I remember the fantastic photography, and awesome 'in-school' Q+A sessions that Chris did whilst in space, and thought it would be an interesting character to read about.....I was not dissappointed. There was plenty of space related technical jargon to keep even the staunchest of space nerds (like me!) happy, but also a nice smattering of background story of the effect his single-minded drive had on his family and friends. He can do a pretty good job at narration too!

I heartily recommend this one to all.

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  • Julia from Oz
  • 06-01-20

Not my usual choice

It wouldn't be a title I would normally download but I saw the book referenced in an emergency medical presentation and thought I wonder what that is all about? I am so glad I downloaded and listened to Chris's book it's brilliant. Not only did it teach me a bit about space exploration it also taught me about life and learning to look more deeply into the way I look at my achievements. It's a story that has many layers and it's only after pondering those layers did I find myself agreeing and smiling. It's worth the time it takes to listen..space fan or not!

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  • J Sklenars
  • 11-15-15

One Word: Wow!

I loved this book. Chris Hadfield's narration made it feel like I was actually having a conversation with him. I was gutted that it was over. Everyone should listen to this book. It is enjoyable, funny and inspiring.

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  • Jason
  • 04-25-15

Brilliant book by a brilliant human

Could have happily gone on listening to Chris' life well after the book was over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-22

Casual space fan now obsessed

I downloaded this book as I’ve been on an autobiography kick and knew of Chris Hadfield by his videos when on the space station and figured it may peak my interest. After listening to the first chapter or two I was hooked and couldn’t stop listening. I’ve since become obsessed with space travel and Chris himself and have been downloading more of his content since. An amazing read and recount of an astonishing man’s career.

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  • Kylie
  • 04-08-22

Very interesting and inspiring

I really enjoyed this. I like how he walked through planning for all the worst outcomes while still being focused on ‘being a zero’ (neutral effect), which works towards others perceiving you as being a plus. Nice journey, nice sense of scale. Felt pretty special to be able to pause listening to go and watch the music video he sang and filmed in the ISS!

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  • Davidson11K
  • 01-20-22

Inspirational and very interesting

Wow, Chris Hadfield is humble yet incredibly impressive, so stoic in the face of achievements that are in a real sense awesome. This was an enjoyable listen with some nice takeaways and lessons along the way. I feel if we all had more of his motivation, energy, tenacity and balance (both attitude and physical!) the world would be a much better place, thanks for sharing Chris!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Great story

Great story to put your everyday effort to achieve your goals int perspective. Recommended book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

Loved!

Read this a few years ago and after listening to his new fiction novel, the Apollo Murders, I thought I’d purchase this one also. And I’m happy to say I loved it just as much again :) Some great life lessons and very inspirational and of course, great insights into his experiences in Space. Highly recommend!