An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • by Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by Chris Hadfield
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 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 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 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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Excellent memoir

Chris Hatfield is the boss! Well written, well narrated and interesting. If you are interested in space, NASA, ISS or fantastic true stores of guts and determination then spend your credit here.
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- colleen "My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos."

The emperor has no clothes

What was most disappointing about Chris Hadfield’s story?

I rarely write reviews, I do not feel the need to be the 134th reviewer in the line to praise or criticize a book. This time, however is different. I did listen the whole audiobook and I just cannot understand why there are no negative comments from other readers. I do not know the author and I still presume he is an outstanding astronaut. But, listening to a self-promoting narcissistic story line and the author's "wisdom" (clichés) for hours is no fun nor educational.
If you want to hear a good well-written story or would like to learn about aerospace and astronauts or you are just hungry for deep thoughts on life, please avoid this book and spend your money and time on something else.


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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio