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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Hadfield Narrator: Chris Hadfield Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780804193887
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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly four thousand 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, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield’s success—and survival—is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment of it.

In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers 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 mesmerizing 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 Col. Hadfield, but his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth—especially your own.

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  • I found his fascinating An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth even more enjoyable than I expected. Mr. Hadfield teaches us not only about space but about people, too. Equally autobiographical and instructional, the book goes gleefully against the grain of most ‘success’ books…. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth isn’t a compendium of hagiographic profiles; it’s a very human glimpse into a rarefied world. Bound together by a love of exploration and discovery, tested by tragic catastrophes and everyday hardship, the men and women Mr. Hadfield introduces us to are real people: They fail, they succeed, they worry, they miss their families, they go to space and do things never done before. The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn’t easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places. Adam Savage, The Wall Street Journal
  • Hadfield is a good writer with an engaging style; I was always eager to get to the next chapter, and frequently found myself smiling at the stories he was spinning…. You might not think that someone who became an astronaut might have stories that will relate to your own Earthbound life, but in fact Hadfield has shown over and again that he’s a master at making it all relatable. From his photos of Earth from space to his videos showing the daily grind of life on a 100-meter wide orbiting tin can, he is all about real life. Phil Plait, Slate (Best Book)
  • A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut. Kirkus Reviews
  • Listeners, don't miss this one! By itself, Hadfield's account of his quest to become an astronaut and his ensuing adventures in space is totally entertaining and inspiring. And the promise of the title is realized in the life lessons he shares and the advice he offers for becoming successful and happy. But the real treat is Hadfield's presentation. His familiar and natural demeanor draws the listener in from the opening lines. All the joy and wonder he feels about space travel and life is conveyed through a masterful use of pace and tone, while flawless transitions lead to an equally effective delivery of the reflective passages. AudioFile Magazine (Winner of the Headphone Award)
  • Chris Hadfield is easily the world’s most famous living moustache-tronaut, having done more to promote the concept of off-Earth travel and exploration than anyone since William Shatner first stepped onto the bridge of the Enterprise…. The accounts of Hadfield’s three missions are riveting and fun, and easily communicate the shock and awe that comes with seeing the planet from above. Toronto Star
  • “Houston, we have a superstar.”

    Washington Post

  • “A media phenomenon.”

    NPR

  • “Hadfield is a pretty cool dude…Pretty smart, too.”

    Business Insider

  • “Hadfield has mastered the skills necessary to get the job done.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Space’s first rock star.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Chris Hadfield redefined the public perception of the ice cold spaceman.”

    Guardian (London)

  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
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About the Author

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. He returned to Earth after serving as commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for six months. The top graduate of the US Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and US Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, he was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He served as director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia, from 2001 to 2003; chief of robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003 to 2006; and chief of International Space Station Operations in Houston from 2006 to 2008. He frequently speaks to audiences throughout the US and Canada about space exploration and science education.