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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Audio CD – Unabridged, 17 October 2017
Audio CD, Audiobook, Unabridged, Import
“[Endurance] is a memoir of the right stuff that will hypnotize any space geek.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Kelly brings life in space alive—the wonder and awe of it, and also the jagged edges, the rough parts of living in confined quarters in an alien element, far from everything familiar and beloved. . . . Endurance, with its honest, gritty descriptions of an unimaginable life, a year off Earth, is as close as most readers will come to making that voyage themselves.” —The Financial Times
“Kelly’s account is insightful, at times humorous, heart-tugging at others. And it’s inspiring enough to change the life of some lost kid, just like The Right Stuff did for him.” —USA Today
“For space junkies, it’s absolutely required reading. . . . We feel as though we’re right there with him. A great book.” —Booklist
“Scott Kelly’s saga is a deeply absorbing and vivid look at a year in space and the many trials and rigors of living weightless inside a football field-sized machine traveling at 17,000 miles per hour. But Endurance satisfies far more than the reader’s technological curiosities; it is replete with humor, thrills, surreal details, and recurring moments of ordinary humanity that turn Kelly’s tale into a loving tribute to the pioneering individuals who risk all to shepherd man’s exploration of the vast beyond.” —Khaled Hosseini, author of And the Mountains Echoed
“Read this book and you will believe in our American future, thrill at our human potential, and laugh at the absurdities of life. Endurance is about excellence and perspective, a memorable read.” —Senator Bill Bradley
“This isn’t your usual astronaut’s memoir.” —The Philadelphia Tribune
“Scott Kelly’s book is as close as I and most everyone else on Earth will ever get to experiencing the fascinating, complex, almost preposterously dangerous business of going into space. When I closed the covers, I felt like I had been out there. Endurance is an utterly gripping book that can stand comfortably in the company of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff.” —Charles C. Mann, author of 1491
“Scott Kelly’s memoir of his year in space and all that preceded it is the real thing—honest, dramatic, illuminating, and simply riveting. With clear, compelling writing, he reveals the nature of space exploration, the current state of the space program, and the raw experience of leaving Earth as has no other book.” —T.J. Stiles, author of Custer’s Trials
About the Author
- Publisher : Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (17 October 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1524734179
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524734176
- Item Weight : 372 g
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 2.79 x 15.24 cm
- Customer Reviews:
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Initially the book was sold at 589, but when I received it saw that the price tag was for 499. When reported to amazon, the seller quickly blamed it on a technical glitch (???) and asked for returning the order and placing a new order at the 499 price. Going through the whole process left a bad taste and hence deducted one star.
In Endurance Captain Kelly takes us on a tour of the ISS and answers all our questions about space.
A exciting read from start to finish.
Top reviews from other countries
An interesting read. Much can be learned from this book.
I acquired this book on the basis of extracts in newspapers and favourable reviews. The matter-of-fact tone and absence of hyperbole appealed.
The book is however not without flaws. The writing is at times clichéd and the language sometimes used would probably make many consider the book unsuitable for children. The editing is occasionally deficient (eg p290 "we must past (sic) oral exams") and a glossary would be helpful - many abbreviations and acronyms are used. The CDRA (carbon dioxide removal assembly) is introduced and frequently referred to afterwards - but if the meaning of the abbreviation is forgotten, there's no direct reference to CDRA in the index. The author advises that CDRA is pronounced "Seedra" and then uses that spelling extensively throughout the book. There's no direct reference to that in the index either. Incidentally a former editor himself (very strongly) argues that notwithstanding pronunciation, CDRA should be spelt CDRA and not Seedra!
I found the structure disconcerting - in fairness, other reviewers have not. The book switches without warning from space to to the author's history and back again. For example, I found I was so engrossed in naval air operations that I'd quite forgotten the part of the space programme from which the book had suddenly changed, when it equally suddenly returned to it!
It is said that every man is the hero of his own story. The author contradicts this somewhat. While of course, his absolutely undoubted bravery emerges throughout the book, so do other aspects of his character and conduct - and the costs his ambition to be an astronaut inflicted. This is arguably one of the strengths of his account.
Overall, a worthwhile read. In many respects I found the author's naval experiences among the most interesting parts of the book. That said, I also learned a great deal about space operations.
Who to recommend it to.....anyone that has an interest in human endeavour, scientific fact or a respect for achievement.
The fact is this book not only chronicles Astronaut Scott Kelly and his journey but stands as testament to all those whom have contributed to mankind’s quest for cosmic knowledge especially those that sacrificed their lives so that others will benefit. His descriptions are really open, from wanting to smell fresh-cut grass again to the hurt of wearing a space suit.
I learned so much about space that I had never even thought about and now appreciate
life on Earth much more----really makes you think of how much we take for granted.
I would strongly recommend this book and would like to wish Scott Kelly a happy life on Earth.