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Publisher's Summary

Here is an incredible, true-life adventure set on the most dangerous frontier of all: outer space. The call of space is worth the risk it entails for a special breed of individual - men such as U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin. In November 2002 they left on what they thought would be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station.
But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home. Too Far from Home chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered Mission Controls in Houston and Moscow as they worked frantically against the clock to bring their men safely back to Earth. Chris Jones writes beautifully of the majesty and mystique of space travel, while reminding us all of how perilous it is to soar beyond the sky.
©2007 Chris Jones (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[Jones'] story combines gripping narrative and strongly defined characters....Jones' reporting is filled with details of life aboard the space station...That sort of frank talk enhances readers' identification with the astronauts, making their drama all the more engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Dan on 06-12-07

Very good story

This story was an excellent quick history of both the Russian and American space programs. The main theme of the story about the astronauts who were stranded on the International Space Station after the loss of the Columbia shuttle in 2003; I found fascinating.

The side tracks the author made on the history of the program gave a lot more insight into the differing mentalities of the American and Russians Astronauts.

The only detractor to this book, for me, was that I felt that the author got overly flowery in describing certain scenes, but that is not often.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better idea of what it is like to be an astronaut.

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By Susan Gardner Bowers on 03-30-07


Some of this book's tone may be described as overwrought - but in a good way. I just plain loved it. The stories, the descriptions and even all the adjectives took me back to the heady excitement and drama of the early days of the "space race," even with the steely-eyed, too-good-to-be-true astronauts. The book was diverting, thought-provoking (I loved the idea of the large and larger concepts of home), exciting and well narrated. If you remember Apollo and Mercury, you will like this book. And if you don't remember them, you need to read this book!

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By Paul C on 07-20-17

Great Insight into The Dangers Of Space

I quite enjoyed this Audiobook about the dangers of Space. The story of the Astronauts mindset during one of the biggest disasters in NASA history....the disaster of the Space Shuttle was something I pondered about. just imagining being in Space and being told about your colleagues deaths due to a fault ie foam debris striking the shuttle causing damage that so called ' experts ' decided it wasn't enough to worry about came back big time to bite them in the ass.

I quite enjoyed the narrator in this title who kept the story flowing without making it dull and tiresome to listen too. I'd highly recommended this title for anyone interested in the story and mindset of not just the Astronauts but the other people of NASA and the wife's and families during the sad time of the disaster.

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By JOHN on 02-21-17

Space - the inside story.

Well researched and written. Slightly dry delivery. Some edge-of-the-seat moments. Highlight for me was the Soyuz return. Recommended to listen in 1-2 hours blocks.

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