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Ian

Ian London, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
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  • "Relatively easy relativity."

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    There is no denying that relativity is not a subject that most of us need to understand. I'm not sure if it's something that most of can even begin to understand whether we need to or not. That said 'Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care' goes some way to making sense of the subject for the layman using real life examples and simple mathematical explanations. Read by one of the authors, Professor Jeff Forshaw, the narration is authoritative without patronising the listener. I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did but it was a really good listen and I am happy to give it 5 stars.

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    Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
    • Narrated By Jeff Forshaw
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    (86)
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    In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

    Ian says: "Relatively easy relativity."
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A Peek at wendy's Bookshelf

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  • The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch

    "Science as seen through the eyes of the wizards!"

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    Having read this in paperback I leapt at the chance of listening to it via my mp3 player. The book comes alive and I understood so much more of the science it contained. The alternate chapters are written by Terry Pratchett and put the context of the science from the other chapters into perspective on the discworld. I am now looking forward to the next installment of The Science of Discworld.

Matthew

Matthew Lower King, Australia 23/12/2012 Member Since 2009
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  • "Important subject material, well wr..."

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    More pure gold from Ben Goldacre... his last book 'Bad Science' was a great book, and this one doesn't disappoint... though it is quite a disturbing expose of our broken healthcare system. Very well researched and written, and read by a competent and easy-on-the-ears narrator. I wasn't entirely surprised at the level of corruption in the healthcare industry as revealed in these pages, though I wasn't aware just how many players were implicated. Issues that unfortunately involve most of us, but concern very few of us.

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    Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    'Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

    Lut says: "Every medical doctor should read this!"

What's Trending in Science:

  • 4.6 (189 ratings)
    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Hadfield Narrated by Chris Hadfield

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 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, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space.

    Ben says: "Inspiring, insightful and interesting"
  • 4.3 (170 ratings)
    Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Goldacre Narrated by Jot Davies

    Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    'Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

    Lut says: "Every medical doctor should read this!"
  • 4.5 (146 ratings)
    Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Syed Narrated by James Clamp

    Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    judith says: "Bad start and end - good middle"
  • 4.3 (106 ratings)
    The Moral Landscape (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Harris Narrated by Sam Harris

    The Moral Landscape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (106)
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    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science's failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life.

    Jonathan says: "Thought provoking, perhaps a little antagonistic"
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  • 4.4 (89 ratings)
    The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (






UNABRIDGED) by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen Narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs

    The Science of Discworld II: The Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    (89)
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    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    The acclaimed Science of Discworld centred on an original Pratchett story about the Wizards of Discworld. In it they accidentally witnessed the creation and evolution of our universe, a plot which was interleaved with a Cohen & Stewart non-fiction narrative about Big Science. In The Science of Discworld II our authors join forces again to see just what happens when the wizards meddle with history in a battle against the elves for the future of humanity on Earth. London is replaced by a dozy Neanderthal village.

    Matt Davis says: "Big Science and Fantasy hold hands"
  • 4.3 (88 ratings)
    Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Bellos Narrated by Alex Bellos

    Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alex Bellos
    • Narrated By Alex Bellos
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

    Nichiless says: "A wonderful journey through mathematics"
  • 4.5 (75 ratings)
    The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch (






UNABRIDGED) by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen Narrated by Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens

    The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail.

    wendy says: "Science as seen through the eyes of the wizards!"
  • 4.4 (42 ratings)
    The Science Delusion (






UNABRIDGED) by Rupert Sheldrake Narrated by Rupert Sheldrake, David Timson, Jane Collingwood

    The Science Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rupert Sheldrake
    • Narrated By Rupert Sheldrake, David Timson, Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. In this book, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constructed by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The sciences would be better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun.

    Jim Vaughan says: "A Metaphysics of Science - on Acid (or Ayahuascua)"
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (






UNABRIDGED) by Joshua Foer Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

    Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer's part-memoir, part-guide on mastering your memory. Read by Mike Chamberlain. On average, people squander forty days annually trying to remember things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S.

    Philip says: "A very interesting listen"
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Hadfield Narrated by Chris Hadfield

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 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, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space.

    Ben says: "Inspiring, insightful and interesting"
  • Bad Science (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Goldacre Narrated by Rupert Farley

    Bad Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (134)

    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Marcus says: "Making science truly entertaining"
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Goldacre Narrated by Jot Davies

    Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    'Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

    Lut says: "Every medical doctor should read this!"
  •  
  • Chaos: Making a New Science (






UNABRIDGED) by James Gleick Narrated by Rob Shapiro

    Chaos: Making a New Science

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the 20th century's third revolution.

    jeremy says: "Riveting, but requires full attention"
  • Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Butterworth Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Butterworth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

  • The Moral Landscape (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Harris Narrated by Sam Harris

    The Moral Landscape

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science's failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life.

    Jonathan says: "Thought provoking, perhaps a little antagonistic"
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Syed Narrated by James Clamp

    Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    judith says: "Bad start and end - good middle"
  •  
  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care (






UNABRIDGED) by Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw Narrated by Jeff Forshaw

    Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
    • Narrated By Jeff Forshaw
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

    Ian says: "Relatively easy relativity."
  • The Science Delusion (






UNABRIDGED) by Rupert Sheldrake Narrated by Rupert Sheldrake, David Timson, Jane Collingwood

    The Science Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rupert Sheldrake
    • Narrated By Rupert Sheldrake, David Timson, Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. In this book, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, shows that science is being constructed by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. The sciences would be better off without them: freer, more interesting, and more fun.

    Jim Vaughan says: "A Metaphysics of Science - on Acid (or Ayahuascua)"
  • The Particle at the End of the Universe (






UNABRIDGED) by Sean Carroll Narrated by Jonathan Hogan

    The Particle at the End of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    It was the universe's most elusive particle, the lynchpin for everything scientists dreamed up to explain how physics works. It had to be found. But projects as big as CERN's Large Hadron Collider don't happen without incredible risks - and occasional skullduggery. In the definitive account of this landmark event, Sean Carroll reveals the insights, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs discovery, and takes us on a riveting and irresistible ride to the very edge of physics today.

    Mr S Harrison says: "Disappointing"
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (






UNABRIDGED) by Henry Marsh Narrated by Jim Barclay

    Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Henry Marsh
    • Narrated By Jim Barclay
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.

    David says: "A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs"
  • Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Butterworth Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Butterworth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

  • Scientific American: Giant Bubbles of the Milky Way (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Finkbeiner, Meng Su, Dmitry Malyshev Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: Giant Bubbles of the Milky Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Douglas Finkbeiner, Meng Su, Dmitry Malyshev
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
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    Newly discovered lobes that stretch tens of thousands of light-years above and below the Milky Way's disk.

  • Scientific American: Germ Catcher (






UNABRIDGED) by David E. Ecker Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: Germ Catcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By David E. Ecker
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
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    David E. Ecker, a scientist and inventor at Ibis Biosciences, writes about how machines are being developed for hospitals that can quickly identify virtually any bacterium, virus or fungus.

  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (






UNABRIDGED) by Henry Marsh Narrated by Jim Barclay

    Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Henry Marsh
    • Narrated By Jim Barclay
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.

    David says: "A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs"
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  • The Formula (






UNABRIDGED) by Luke Dormehl Narrated by Daniel Weyman

    The Formula

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Luke Dormehl
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    What if everything in life could be reduced to a simple formula? What if numbers were able to tell us which partners we were best matched with - not just in terms of attractiveness, but for a long-term committed marriage? Or if they could say which films would be the biggest hits at the box office, and what changes could be made to those films to make them even more successful? Or even who out of us is likely to commit certain crimes, and when?

  • Perv (






UNABRIDGED) by Jesse Bering Narrated by Jesse Bering

    Perv

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
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    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    In this eye-opening book, psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. He introduces us to the young woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others. He challenges us to move beyond our attitudes towards "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accept our true natures?

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Hadfield Narrated by Chris Hadfield

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 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, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space.

    Ben says: "Inspiring, insightful and interesting"