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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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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 thoroughly interesting read

As an avid scifi reader, I was really intrigued by how different space is from fiction. Reality is larger than fiction and interesting and exciting. I enjoyed the last chapter when he describes some of the insights he has gained, which gave me hope for the future of our planet as well as for space travel. A really enjoyable book.

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Fabulous insite

An inspiring guy and so interesting to hear about his incredible journey as a man and an astronaut - brilliant

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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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Stellar memoir!

You go to school, finish a mildly interesting university, find an average job that pays your bills and enjoy the rest of your life…until you die. At the same time you're doing this there are incredibly driven, determined and hard-working people conducting spacewalks around 300km above the Earth's surface. Even thinking about something like that feels like sci-fi but it's not! I have always been curious about the subject of space travel, living in such a distant place and the daily life and routines out there. I couldn't have picked a better book to satisfy my curiosity than “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery”, it's a stellar memoir written by a military pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain — Scott Kelly. It's a fascinating behind the scenes look into a life of an immensely hard-working human in space and his record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS). A large part of a book covers the past decades of Scott's life and the exhaustive process of physical and mental preparation. What I found interesting was the detailed descriptions of his everyday life that he shared with a few colleagues whilst orbiting the Earth, from spacewalks to fixing the ISS toilet! I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Scott Kelly himself, and was hooked from start to finish! https://pawelgrzybek.com/book-review-endurance-by-scott-kelly/

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Highly recommended!

A very interesting first hand account of the final frontier! It is also very refreshing that Scott reads it himself. I would recommend this book to anyone, space nerd or not 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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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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  • Porco
  • 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