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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Endurance by Scott Kelly.

From the NASA astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - what it's like out there and what it's like now, back here. Enter Scott Kelly's fascinating world and dare to think of your own a little differently.

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few of us ever have and very few of us ever will.

Kelly's humanity, compassion, humour and passion shine as he describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal. He touches on what's happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves, the pressures of constant close cohabitation, the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home.

From a natural storyteller, Endurance is one of the finest examples of the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

©2017 Scott Kelly (P)2017 Random House AudioBooks

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Space Story Spectacular!!

First audible book I've ever heard📙 loved it!! Would recommend to anyone and everyone 😀

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So much detail.

I don't come to space books to hear how to use the loo and how these guys have the right stuff. I come for detail and honesty. Scott clearly has the right stuff but he details everything, things he didn't like little things he loved and where he screwed up. My second favourite spock book to the immortal carrying the fire.

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inspiring

loved it!
Scott provides a real insight to what looks like a sanitized perfect world of being an astronaut in space and in earth. we are human beings after all.

thank you Scott.

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Awesome story

Scott kelly not only gives you a great description of his life, his struggles, how he became an Astronaut but he captures your heart with a story of the human side of him, his thoughts and feelings in all he went through in the years growing up and the experiences he went through being an Astronaut, The good and the bad.
I highly recommend this book, couldn't stop listening since I started.

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An excellent story about life in space

Despite coming across as a little arrogant on times I can fully forgive him when you consider his start in live and what he has achieved. A truly remarkable story of a very poor education achievement followed by a ‘divine ah ha’ moment when he read The Right Stuff and suddenly finding a purpose and goal in life.

The details of life aboard the ISS were really interesting and it was so nice to have the author read his own book.

An excellent book and highly recommended.

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An intriguing story of endurance

If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

This story is a great insight into the commitment, sacrifices and high-risk activities facing astronauts on Earth and in outer space. Commander Kelly takes you on a roller coaster of a journey. His story jumps back and forth, but you soon get into sync with his approach to this book. I was amazed to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at NASA, especially with regards to medical testing. If the NASA nutritionists are reading this, give the ISS crew members more chocolate pudding.

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Scott tells space from human perspective

My first read/listen of space from an astronaut, narrated by the man himself.
Enthralling and captivating, a great insight into a man, a dream and goal and overcoming all obstacles to reach that goal.
The Right Stuff is now in shopping a shopping bag, waiting for my ride home while drinking a good IPA.
Thank you to Scott for sharing his journey.

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A fascinating insight

A few previous reviews have cited arrogance in response to this book. This could not be further from the truth. Commander Kelly comes across brilliantly from start to finish, and provides truly fascinating insights on life in space - and on Earth - in a way that only someone with his life experiences possibly could. The only arrogant ones here are those leaving such reviews.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Simply brilliant from start to finish.

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An enjoyable book but very monotone.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the start to the beginning and really felt the stories, challenges and difficulties experienced by Scott Kelly during his year in space. However, I would say this is more of a book to read rather than to listen to (If you're not used to the New Jersey accent).

I consider Scott to be a role model and have nothing but respect, admiration and envy of his outstanding achievements, but at times it felt hard to listen to the lack of emotion and monotone of his voice. Now this is not a criticism at all and I'm sure that to Americans this would be completely fine. But I would recommend if you're not a fan of the New Jersey accent, read the book rather than listen.

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A fantastic story of an astronauts year in space

Review 86. Endurance by Scott Kelly, narrated by Scott Kelly. I've read this book once or twice before after my wife bought it for me as an anniversary present in 2020. I loved this book as an audiobook just as much as I loved the physical book. Scott Kelly is an amazing narrator and his enthusiasm about his subject was infectious. I have read through the entire almost 14 hour audio book in 4 days. I found myself laughing out loud at several bits of the book including when Samantha Cristoforetti was watching 50 shades of grey in russian with one of her russian crewmates and the space gorilla antics with Tim Peake. I loved that he got his wife, Amiko, to read the poem that she wrote for him and sent up to the station wrapped up in a chocolate. This is another astronaut book that I will definitely listen to again in the future. Congratulations to Scott Kelly on writing and narrating a fantastic book. 5* *****

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  • 23-04-18

Brilliant insight behind the curtains!

A wonderful read about the early life, steps and a mentality necessary to succeed in any endeavour. Very well narrated by Kelly himself. Will definitely recommend it to my fellow uni space junkies.

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  • Rakel
  • 30-01-18

Great book

Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?
Yes i will read or listen to this book again and again. in my pinion Scott Kelly is the right narrator for this book. i love it when the author is the narrator of their book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?
When a gorilla was in space that was great

What does Scott Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Scott Kelly is the right man to reasd book

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
it did make laugh and cry

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  • 26-01-18

Good story, good narrator, crap audio quality

It is a very engaging story and full of insights into life on ISS. Scott Kelly does a good job narrating. To bad that the audio skips. I dont get how the publisher dont value their own product enough to have some quality control