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Ask an Astronaut

My Guide to Life in Space
By: Tim Peake
Narrated by: Robin Ince, Tim Peake
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake, read by Robin Ince with an introduction by the author.

The new book from astronaut Tim Peake, the number one best-selling author of Hello, is this planet Earth?

How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet?
What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space?
And where to next - the Moon, Mars or beyond?

Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth.

Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, he reveals for listeners of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his ground-breaking experiments, and the wonders of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station.

Tim is pleased to announce that, as with his previous book, he will be donating royalties received from the book to The Prince’s Trust.

'Narrating Tim Peake's [Ask an Astronaut] was a delightful adventure in understanding how and why humans journey into space, as well as an epic voyage in learning how to pronounce Russian names. I feel more ready to go into space than I have ever done, though I'm not quite sure I'll get through the training process.... A beautiful look at our desire to go beyond our terrestrial gravity.' - Robin Ince

©2017 Tim Peake (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Everything you ever wanted to know about life in space." ( The Times)
"Amazing... a brilliant book." (Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2)
"Narrating Tim Peake's [ Ask an Astronaut] was a delightful adventure in understanding how and why humans journey into space, as well as an epic voyage in learning how to pronounce Russian names. I feel more ready to go into space than I have ever done, though I'm not quite sure I'll get through the training process... a beautiful look at our desire to go beyond our terrestrial gravity." (Robin Ince)

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  • steeledarren1973
  • 10-25-17

A good informative listen.

I'm an avid follower of what Tim Peake and his fellow astronauts did on the Principa mission to the ISS. This book told me a lot of things I already knew but quite a lot that I didn't about life aboard the ISS. An interesting listen indeed.

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  • Heide Pothier
  • 03-22-18

Tim Peake Fan Club

Great book about space and what astronauts have to endure to become astronauts.Myself and my 8 year old really enjoyed it.

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  • Bob Upndown
  • 01-05-18

Everything you always wanted to know...

What a fabulous book! I hung on every word. A truly fabulous yet accessible account.

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  • Daniel J Eaton
  • 12-20-17

very interesting

really enjoyed this book, I liked the q&a style but the depth of answers and the order they were placed it gave it a very good flow and logical order

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  • jan
  • 11-09-17

Brilliant

Great book. I Loved the format. His voice is great to listen to as well.

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  • Helen Hodgson
  • 10-24-19

Fascinating insights

I have never before appreciated what a remarkable feat of engineering the ISS is or the outstanding work of the teams involved both in space and here on earth.

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  • gingerbread
  • 10-03-19

A fantastic insight into an astronaut’s journey into space.

A really interesting book and I am so glad that Tim Peake read it. Perfect for adults and children alike. This was the first ‘sciencey’ book I’ve been able to get all the way through and I think I finished it in two days. I only had to ‘repeat’ a couple of sections too.

I’m confused about Robin Ince’s role as unless I fell asleep at some point Tim Peake read it all.

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  • Tara
  • 08-11-19

Out of this world!

this book is seriously good. Well done, Tim! Loved every minute and can't wait to hear it again! Funny and interesting and over too soon.

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  • Nobbby
  • 05-08-19

Overall An Excellent Book

I dont know what I expected from this audiobook, but it ended up being an insightful look at ESA's and the Russians training and how life unfolds on the ISS.
I would highly recommend this book if the ISS and space flight is your interests.

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  • SillyTime
  • 01-23-19

Unique Experience

I like that the original Tim Peake was the narrator. I'm alittle disappointed because some topics were repeated alot.