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Brought to you by Penguin.

The thrilling autobiography of the astronaut who inspired a generation.

The number one best-selling author of Hello, Is This Planet Earth? and Ask an Astronaut.

‘I looked down below my feet and suddenly noticed Australia flashing by. The vertigo hit me then. My gloved hands gripped the handrail as tightly as I could. I had been on my spacewalk for over an hour. I had trained for this moment for years. But nothing can prepare you for that feeling, for the full realisation that you are no longer living on Earth. Staring into the inky blackness, I felt completely isolated from everything and everyone I had ever known. And yet at the same time I could not help feeling a strange sense of belonging.'

In fascinating and personal detail, and based on exclusive diaries and audio recordings from his mission, Tim Peake takes listeners closer than ever before to experience what life in space is really like: the sacrifice that astronauts make in being apart from their families, the sights, the smells, the fear, the exhilaration and the deep and abiding wonder of the view from space. Limitless is a book about the power of following our dreams - however unlikely they may seem - and of striving to reach our potential, even when we might not believe in it ourselves.

Limitless also charts Peake’s surprising road to becoming an astronaut, from a shy and unassuming boy from Chichester who had a passion for flight, to a young British Army officer, Apache helicopter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot who served around the world.

Peake’s extensive 18-year career in the army included the command of a platoon of soldiers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, deployment in Bosnia and flying multiple high-risk sorties as a test pilot, including operations in Afghanistan. After he was selected by the European Space Agency from more than 8,000 candidates, Peake undertook six years of training to be an astronaut, tested physically, psychologically, emotionally and intellectually - from learning Russian language in St. Petersburg to coping with the darkness and claustrophobia of living for days in caves in Sardinia and under the ocean off the United States.

©2020 Tim Peake (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Brilliant insightful book

This book kept me captivated throughout, it’s was an extremely
interesting insight into Tim’s life and what is required to become an astronaut. The book was enhanced by being expertly narrated by Tim himself.

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Excellent book

Thrilling story, well written and well read by the author. very easy to listen to.

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Fantastic stuff.

Great book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially enjoyed the fact that it’s narrated by Tim himself.

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Not as well read as previous audiobook

I’m a big fan of Tim’s “Ask an Astronaut” audiobook and have listened to it many times, but his narration of this one is lack lustre compared to the previous.

Still okay, but not great.

Not sure why - current world situation? Something changed in the last few years with Tim? Maybe he just read it with less enthusiasm because it’s not as light-hearted? Whatever the case, there’s no doubting he’s one in many millions, an amazing guy (all astronauts are incredible people, of course) but I even had to check it was him narrating it.

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Amazing Space

I read Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake, which lead me to read Limitless. Amazing book, honest descriptive account of an incredible adventure. Beautifully read by Tim. A must read. I'm not a person who wants to go to space or was previously interested but so glad I read it amazed at how much I now know.

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Lots of army, not so much space

I really enjoyed this but it is mainly a description about his time in the army rather than space.

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A thoroughly enjoyable book

I soo enjoyed this book which reveals that working hard and smart reaps huge success. It is told in a humble way and with wonderful humour as well. Sir Tim Peake is such a gentleman and a great credit to his family, profession, and country

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Fantastic story, well written and told

Thanks Major Tim Peake

Really, really enjoyed listening to you and your families story. I remember you and the Astro Pi mission. I've been illustrating your achievements to all of my Computer Science students. I'm a Raspberry Pi certified educator, STEM Ambassador, Code Club volunteer as well as being a Fellow of the Chartered College (FCCT) through all of these excellent organisations and 16 years of teaching I've told my students to teach for the stars. You have proved it can be done.

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Fascinating!

This kept me engrossed from start to finish. I liked the way the author talks about his emotions; his nerves, fears and anxieties as well as the sense of wonder and elation. It's a good mix of adventure, science and the personal. What a man!

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I really enjoyed this one. Tim narrates himself and keeps it pretty light throughout. you can tell he's reading and struggling to bring enthusiasm to jokes etc but he does well overall. The book itself is pretty light which I liked. He doesn't dwell on anything too long as he floats through his memories, many of which are very interesting listening.

This is not a book about Tim I'm space, it's about the choices he made in life that ultimately led him to the ISS, finishing off with a couple of hours about his 6 months up there.

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  • 27-01-21

Interesting and entertaining

Tim's book is very inspirational, he comes from humble beginnings but with hard work, dedication and sacrifice he's made his way up to becoming an astronaut. Some great stories and adventures along the way. Tim comes across as a very likeable guy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-20

truly wondrous

a captivating tour through many niche and off the beaten path experiences, countries and walks of life. with a strongly humane and compassionate undertone it might just leave you feeling breathless as well as light footed and happy faced. thanks for sharing Tim!

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  • Laura
  • 21-03-21

Inspiring

After listening to this book, I feel like I can conquer the world! It was lovely to hear the story of someone who had a loving, supportive upbringing, who knew what they wanted to do in life, and went out and did it. I can't believe that people do the kinds of things that he did, especially at such a young age, but he made it happen. I feel so inspired for the future of space travel, and can't wait to see what happens next.