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The Sky Below Audiobook

The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed

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Publisher's 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.

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Robert Cummer
    30/10/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shah Alam
    Brampton, Ontario, Canada
    24/10/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    21/08/17
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    "Inspirational story"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brent
    07/08/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    19/01/18
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    "Scott is sensational; a truest of heroes!"

    I found this story to be highly motivating and inspiring; I think it should be part of all high school curriculums, as it is a treasure of a reflection leaping from one courageous encounter to another, and all the while it shows those coming of age, the importance of determination, possessing an eye or head for details, and the timeless lessons go on and on! One non-stop incredible true story! Scott is modest and humble, and he is clearly concerned with showing readers the all importance of learning--as a lifelong habit, without being all-knowing. review by an Educator who also delights in learning, and is also, like Scott, a believer in the importance of teamwork as a lifelong habit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dennis
    Miami, FL, United States
    13/01/18
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    "Not what I thought"
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    I didn't really enjoy this like I wanted to as so much of it was about his mountain climbing escapades rather than space travels.The author never wins my empathy over or makes me care at all in the entire read and the reason is this. I have little compassion for some selfish, self centered egocentric boy that builds a family, only to leave them for months at a time because of not only his job, but also his self imposed hobby that are both all about him.To think someone cares so little about their kids and spouse they'd needlessly risk their lives time after time after time and cost the family all it's money, just so he can feel good about his masculinity is outrageous to me. Why be married to someone that's never their either physically or mentally ever at all. He's either gone or planing on being gone his entire life. The space parts were never in depth enough with the personnel feelings or thoughts that would have made it a far better read to me. The book left me cold...just like the space he lived in for months and years at a time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C Turner
    Taos, NM
    11/01/18
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    "Lots of adventure "

    I can see why Scott Parazynski wrote a book. If you spent your childhood traveling with world from Iran to Greece, then became a doctor and astronaut, climbed Everest and lived or trekked through parts of Russia, Antarctica and space then you have to write a book. I didn’t really love his writing style, while I’d immediately be the first to recommend astronauts Chris Hadfield and Mike Massimino as brilliant writers, I wouldn’t say Scott’s writing alone would make a book. I also didn’t like the way he just skirted past any credit for his ex wife who was here for him through space travel, Russia, Houston, two kids and a largely absent husband. I know what it’s like to do most of the work as a parent and it’s hard! This lady deserves a medal probably and instead he spends the last section of the book doting over his new wife Mimi. No offense Mimi, but that was unnecessary. The adventures and some of the insights along the way in this incredibly full life make it all worthwhile. What a full life and enjoyable story. I’d give it a go if you like astronaut and adventure stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
    04/01/18
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    "Very Interesting Man."

    Good book about a very interesting man. Have you ever dreamed of going into space? He dreamt it and did it. He also climbed My. Everest, rode luge in the Olympic trials, is a record setting diver and a doctor. I have probably forgotten one or two other things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GlobeTrotter79
    24/12/17
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    "Amazing, inspiring, epic "

    My husband I met Scott in 2012 at the South Pole station where he shared his story with those of us working there. As a fellow TCK, I found him very relatable and my husband and I were thrilled when we saw he had written a book. I knew it would be great, but it was even better than I expected! From childhood adventures around the world to exhilarating mountain climbs, a fascinating career with NASA with multiple exciting space missions, joys and sorrows in his family life, a gripping account of an Everest expedition, and much more. He’s a legend, and yet very human. Great, great book. And really well performed for audio, too! Well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Pittsburgh, PA USA
    22/12/17
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    "Incredible life journey! Between life struggles! "

    Best book I've read and listened to in a long time. Scott shares his life challenges all through this book. His dedication to the space program has set the road for other up and coming explorers. He has such a passion for life with such drive. He also shares many moments of struggle with health and family which many of us experience. He shares with you the human side of shuttle disasters that many of us were thinking. Highly recommend this book for young people who are trying to find their purpose in life and looking for real heros! We thank you Scott Parazynski for your contribution to a better world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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