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."

Chris Hadfield Is The Real Thing!

At first, I thought Chris Hadfield was too good to be true. Too perfect, maybe a goody-two-shoes, a Pollyanna? I soon changed my tune. He's the real thing and he has written and narrated the most amazing book. Is there anything this man cannot do? He shows that if you put your mind to it and have well-defined goals, perhaps anything is possible.

What did I like the best about this book? I loved the life lessons, the how-tos on survival and achieving goals. They apply to just about everyone in any situation, and I can't wait to be putting them into practice. No more mindless and self-destructive worrying for me. He shows that there is another way.

Another favorite section for me was the in-depth description on the space trip he commanded, particularly the re-entry part. I felt like I experienced it along with him. If not, I probably got as close as I could get as an armchair listener.

And the minus one, zero, and plus one philosophy. Such a great way at looking at who you want to be, could be life changing!

This book, however, is not just about Chris Hadfield. It is about the detailed workings of NASA, what it is all about, how it operates. I was so surprised, very pleasantly surprised. It is not something the average person thinks about. All I ever imagined was launchings and recoveries. There is so much more. And there is much to be learned about the Russian space program in this book. ALL fascinating!

This is another of those audiobooks that sat far too long in my Library. That seems to be the true test for me. If it sits too long in the Library or on my player, it just has to be the best of listens! And this was. Heartily recommended. If you are in a listening slump (bad picks and more bad picks), get this book and enjoy! And if you aren't in a slump, get this book, too.
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- Kathy "Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy."

Book Details

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