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Summary

An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski's death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest - his body ravaged by a career in space - listeners will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.

This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA's Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.

An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it's like to train for - and deploy to - a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut's engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.

©2017 Scott Parazynski (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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"Scott Parazynski's drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being." (John Glenn, NASA astronaut)

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Truly Inspirational

A truly inspirational insight into the achievements of Scott Parazynski, Susy Flory has done an excellent job of turning these events/insights into a gripping and engaging listen. Anyone with an interest into Space exploration, mountaineering or simply need help achieving a personal goal will take great inspiration and informative knowledge away with themselves from this. I couldn’t rate it high enough. 10/10

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  • Robert Cummer
  • 30-10-17

Life of a modern explorer

I appreciated Scott’s openness about his exciting, yet personally challenging life. He was honest not just about his adventures, but also the toll it takes on family. The book is very inspiring, but serves as a reminder of the sacrifices one must make to achieve the level success he experienced. Astronauts are true heroes and this book doesn’t disappoint in solidifying their place amongst mere mortals.

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  • Shah Alam
  • 24-10-17

Fast Paced and Captivating

I was expecting to read about the space-flights and the space-walks of Scott Parazynski but I got a better deal instead.

The book took me beyond — into mountaineering ventures and Antarctica. And lest I forget it even touched on some intimate details of the personal life of Parazynski — leading to his falling in love and proposing in the Scott's Hut in Antarctica. So this is the first time that I’ve had the opportunity reading a bit of romance in a book on space flight. Interesting but a welcome change.

The book is fast paced and you’ll not feel dull at any moment.

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  • John
  • 21-08-17

Inspirational story

I enjoyed this book and look forward to recommending this book to others. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  • Brent
  • 07-08-17

Amazing story of modern exploration

This book helps to define and describe the bravery and work of those Space Adventures of the 80s and 90s and early 2000s. Too often the heroes of our space exploring past are frozen in the 60s and 70s. This book defines how modern exploration can and should be achieved.

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  • TwinsPapa
  • 04-07-18

Inspiring and Honest Look behind the photo-op

This exploration into a brilliant life of exploration was inspiring, even when honestly looking at times of personal and professional failure, on the road to incredible successes. There are some great insights presented, some lessons learned along the way, and yet told with grace and humor. Well worth the journey, we are taken along on a life most of us can only dream of.

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  • Penny W.
  • 15-06-18

great

just a great interesting book. And the author did a great job in narrating. Usually I don't listen to audio books that are narrated by the author. I'm glad I gave Scott a chance he did an excellent job. Thank you for sharing all your experiences in life with me. The place I'll never get at least I don't think so but I was there with you thank you again

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  • Andrew Scott McClanahan
  • 22-05-18

From the heart

Autobiographies let us live history with those who lived it. The astronaut autobiographies are so inspirational. It may not make me a better person, but I know what a better person is. An author who also narrates their book gets extra credit and makes the book more meaningful.

I met Dr. Parazynski at NARCON (February 2018 at JSC) and pointed out my preference for the author narrating their book. He responded saying it was an unexpected experience doing the narration. Reading the passages about the difficult parts of his life brought back some deep feelings that affected him. I greatly appreciate him saying that, and it makes the self-narration even more important for author and reader. I'm listening to Mike Kelly's book now and can hear a hint of emotion in the passage about the lost Columbia crew. Makes the story very human and real.

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  • Bizzie
  • 15-04-18

Riveting, emotional, page-turner!

A first-person account with so many awe-inspiring moments in the book. This is nothing short of inspiring and motivating! We can all aspire more to live out our dreams and face our fears after reading Scott's amazing journey. From his life on this planet to the stars above then experiencing the hardships of life and death, this personal account inspires hope in all of us. I truly enjoyed your book, Spike, and can't wait to share it with E-rex. ER

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  • JCM
  • 10-03-18

A Facinating Journey Through Life

I can't wait to re read this book. He is an inspirational figure for motivation and accomplishment.

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  • Noaa Bujanover
  • 08-03-18

beautifully written book

I enjoyed this book thoroughly! I love the flow of it as well as all the stories. I did not know about Mr. Parazynski and his amazing journey to become an astronaut. Great story. Great lessons to be had as well. would read it again.