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Normally nonfiction books don't keep me listening late into the night, repeatedly adding "just 15 more minutes" to the sleep timer for hours. This one did. Mike describes his path from being a boy on Long Island playing in a homemade astronaut costume through the series of choices, challenges, and lucky breaks that culminated in his two spacewalks to perform maintenance on the Hubble telescope. His story is by turns moving and thoughtful and funny and suspenseful.
Mike did a fantastic job with the narration; his humor and humility shone through the whole time.
I don't normally write reviews and fear I haven't done this book justice, but I'm pretty much going to be encouraging everyone I know to read or listen to it, so why not start here?
51 of 53 people found this review helpful
this has to be one if not "THE" most amazing, inspiring book I've ever read in my life. half way through it I put it down and called my university to set up a start date to go back to school and finish my degree. it is so easy to find and excuse to just give up but that's all it is, just a whole bunch of excuses, hearing Mike talk about how an average person much like us "normal people" not geniuses with the perfect health or wealthy family can overcome every obstacle and full feel his dream makes you stop and rethink your self and say hey its time act, it's time stop "just making it by" it's time to get up and start pushing forward, this is the feeling I got when I read this book.
hope to some day I get to meet him and thank him in person for giving me the push I needed, that ray of hope that I lost so many years ago, or to put it in his terms, that kindle that light my dreams once more.
Thank you Mass.
43 of 45 people found this review helpful
amazing and awe inspiring! massamino shows such passion and gives you the feeling that anything is possible if you don't give up. highly recommended.
This book had me griped from the start, it’s a perfect story, funny, interesting and thought provoking! Mike give such a personal insight in to his life and career at NASA with all its highlights and occasional sadder times. Truly inspiring.
I feel what set the author's book apart from others is how he inspired others through his lead and never giving up. While most focus on the space experience this book makes me want to meet him myself (fingers crossed right). It also lead me to doing further research and wanting to know more about the history.
He also kept up a good pace when reading, would love to hear more of his work in the future. Loved this book from start to finish. Well done!
Fantastic read, Mike takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions struggles triumphs and incredible human endeavour.