• An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-29-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • 4.7 (317 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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 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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By David on 01-10-14

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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By Anonymous User on 06-27-17

A sensation to both read and listen

This is an excellent books not only for it's exceptionally recherché yet scintillating aphorisms it contains. Nonetheless, this book would be highly worthwhile to peruse.

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By Kez on 03-13-15

More memoir than diary.

Any additional comments?

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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By chikwan on 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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By Michael on 06-10-16

Very focussed man with a very understanding family

Before reading this book I already had a lot of respect for Chris and I still do. He comes across as an extremely focussed, dedicated and successful man so I was eager to hear how he managed his relationship with his family.

While Chris pays every respect to his wife and children for their countless contributions and sacrifices, I found myself a little disappointed that he found no elegant way to fulfil his family obligations while striving to be the best he could be in his professional career. Sure, he did the best he could and made sure his family knew they were important to him - whenever he had the time. He planned thoughtful gestures well in advance of away missions to try and make up for his absence. In a nutshell, he could have quit at any time but his career always came first. Anything less and he would never have become an astronaut.

I still can't decide whether that's right or not. It's a lot to think about.

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By Jason on 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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