The Orbital Perspective

  • by Astronaut Ron Garan
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience - one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth. On space walks and through windows, Garan was struck by the stunning beauty of the Earth from space but sobered by knowing how much needed to be done to help this troubled planet. And yet on the International Space Station, Garan, a former fighter pilot, was working work side by side with Russians, who only a few years before were "the enemy".
If 15 nationalities could collaborate on one of the most ambitious, technologically complicated undertakings in history, surely we can apply that kind of cooperation and innovation toward creating a better world. That spirit is what Garan calls the "orbital perspective".
Garan vividly conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people in an environment only a handful of human beings have ever known. But more importantly he describes how he and others are working to apply the orbital perspective here at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace and combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction.
This audiobook is a call to action for each of us to care for the most important space station of all: planet Earth. You don't need to be an astronaut to have the orbital perspective. Garan's message of elevated empathy is an inspiration to all who seek a better world.

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What the Critics Say

"His thesis that 'Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe' rings powerfully true, and his lessons are particularly apt for those working in the nonprofit sector." (Publishers Weekly)

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I had high hopes for this one, but it fell far short. What I enjoyed were Ron'a first hand stories about being in space. His point about the experience being profound to the point he felt he needed to take action was well taken. But, from there it was all fluff. I would expect an astronaut to be a great engineer, scientist, etc. I felt like his core message was "the world has problems and we need to work together to fix them." This is a message I've heard so many times before it was nothing new. I think the biggest problem is he spent most of his time telling us what we should do rather than talking about what he did as a result of going into space. Not that he didn't say anything, but there was only brief mention of the actions he took, how and why being in space motivated him to take those actions, and what the experience in space was like. It just seemed like he was trying to be a jack of all trades and saying problems are easy to solve, you just need to do something. That's not a message that's compelling. Anyway, Ron if you're reading this consider writing your next book about what exactly it is you've done, why you did it, how you did it, and exactly how it related and was intertwined with your experiences in space.
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- Sean D. Mcclinton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC