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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake, read by Robin Ince with an introduction by the author.

The new book from astronaut Tim Peake, the number one best-selling author of Hello, is this planet Earth?

How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet?
What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space?
And where to next - the Moon, Mars or beyond?

Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth.

Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, he reveals for listeners of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his ground-breaking experiments, and the wonders of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station.

Tim is pleased to announce that, as with his previous book, he will be donating royalties received from the book to The Prince’s Trust.

'Narrating Tim Peake's [Ask an Astronaut] was a delightful adventure in understanding how and why humans journey into space, as well as an epic voyage in learning how to pronounce Russian names. I feel more ready to go into space than I have ever done, though I'm not quite sure I'll get through the training process.... A beautiful look at our desire to go beyond our terrestrial gravity.' - Robin Ince

©2017 Tim Peake (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Everything you ever wanted to know about life in space." ( The Times)
"Amazing... a brilliant book." (Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2)
"Narrating Tim Peake's [ Ask an Astronaut] was a delightful adventure in understanding how and why humans journey into space, as well as an epic voyage in learning how to pronounce Russian names. I feel more ready to go into space than I have ever done, though I'm not quite sure I'll get through the training process... a beautiful look at our desire to go beyond our terrestrial gravity." (Robin Ince)

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A good informative listen.

I'm an avid follower of what Tim Peake and his fellow astronauts did on the Principa mission to the ISS. This book told me a lot of things I already knew but quite a lot that I didn't about life aboard the ISS. An interesting listen indeed.

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Tim Peake Fan Club

Great book about space and what astronauts have to endure to become astronauts.Myself and my 8 year old really enjoyed it.

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Everything you always wanted to know...

What a fabulous book! I hung on every word. A truly fabulous yet accessible account.

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very interesting

really enjoyed this book, I liked the q&a style but the depth of answers and the order they were placed it gave it a very good flow and logical order

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Brilliant

Great book. I Loved the format. His voice is great to listen to as well.

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Answers questions you didn't know you had!

A wonderful book which answers questions you didn't even know you had about space flight, life as an astronaut and the future of space travel. Highly recommended.

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Out Of This World

The book being narrated by the astronaut Tim Peake who experienced all of it first hand and it being literally out of this world experience lends itself to a pretty awesome listen. There were some really eye opening interesting aspects to the life on the space station. Highly recommended!!

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Great brief books

Great brief book about Tim peaks time in the Iss, the book hits all the many questions people may have about the process of getting up
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It was so nice hearing Tim at the start he reads perfectly, not sure on the other reader

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Thoroughly enjoyable, friendly, and one of a kind

Obviously, there's not a lot of books like this: It's unique in the experiences that are described, and it was just fascinating throughout. Suddenly all of these phases that might seem straightforward or simply "not the main event" become major events, and you realize just how much engineering and precision went into them. Despite of how high tech everything is (or sometimes, surprisingly simple!), Peake doesn't alienate you by being all high-brow and nerdy, but explains things as they are, a bit like hanging out with a regular guy. I guess astronauts must be used to communicating to the general public in an understandable language and expressing the excitement of their job, sure. But this book felt warm and exciting, something that a person of any age or background could enjoy. Even though I have now followed popular science media for many years, I can't remember any other single instance that would've cleared up so many things about astronaut life; I learned a lot.

What comes to the narrator, I'm used to knowing Robin Ince as a comedian, which makes him a surprising narrator choice even though he talks science with Brian Cox regularly and for a long time now; You're just sort of waiting for Ince to say something funny even though you know that he's not in this as a comedian who's trying to make you laugh. But I couldn't help but notice the fact that Robin Ince is a very good reader: clear and comfortable to listen even for long periods of time, reads consciously and at just the right pace, and doesn't get robotic like so many audiobook readers sadly do. I'd definitely encourage Robin to narrate more books if he's up for it!

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Very Inappropriate Book!

This book contained many sexual, drug like and violent content. would recommend for my mate Nathaniel though.