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Endurance

A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Written by: Scott Kelly
Narrated by: Scott Kelly
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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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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  • Hans T.
  • 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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-17

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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  • dawn
  • 19-10-19

Enjoyed it

Enjoyed this book just as much as Mike Massimino’s Spaceman.
Lots of detail and really opened my eyes to what being an astronaut really involves!

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  • Peadar Murphy
  • 05-05-19

Fascinating and shoots from the hip!

Wow! I really enjoyed this! The story is well crafted - interspersing the story of a year long mission on the International Space Station with how a kid that wasn't going anywhere ended becoming an accomplished astronaut. I found myself sitting in the car long after a journey had ended to get my full fix!! Scott Kelly's dry humour and candid recounting of his experiences - the good, not so good, and the bad - made this a compelling tale for me.

I marked the Performance 4/5, which may be a little harsh... I liked that the author narrated himself - it made the personal comments more genuine, and delivered the witticisms exactly as the author intended. However, a few times I found the delivery of dialogues a small bit "wooden"...but it did not materially detract from my enjoyment of this title.

Anyone with an interest in space exploration and how the ISS works will definitely enjoy this title.

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  • Matt Williams
  • 08-03-19

stunning and compelling

For those of us who sit here on earth ticking off the days, listen to this inspiration of a man. WOW what an amazing story! Absolutely brilliant , a heartfelt story from the heart and a truly epic legend of a great astronaut. Highly recommended ! I wish I could scrub this from my brain and enjoy again for the first time. Fantastic.

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 22-01-19

Superb

Astronaut Scott Kelly did an amazing job of telling his own personal account of his experiences on the ISS. I felt like I was with him all the way.

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  • William Brodie
  • 05-01-19

Good depth broken up between separate timelines

As a space enthusiast I often find a lot of things repeat the same information as astronauts must get asked the same 20 questions over and over and you often don’t get French insights. As a helicopter pilot and aviations enthusiast I often find things are dumbed down too much when aimed at the general public.

I didn’t find this the case in those book. It get like there was a lot of depth in the information offered and it was held together with engaging story telling covering many facets of his life.

Very enjoyable. I felt like the book could have been twice as long but it would have probably been at the expense of digestibility.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-18

Made of the right stuff all right!

Scott Kelly said he had to read The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe when he was at the wrong College to get motivated in life. Well it worked. From the moment he went solo when learning to fly in the Navy to becoming a fighter pilot to becoming a test pilot then an Astronaut he is certainly mentally made of something that we are not. To volunteer to put your body through the rigors of space and then returning to earth, the mental torment of landing on a pitching aircraft carrier at night to knowing the discomfort you will be in when returning from space so that science can study your body? What a specimen. Best book best man best hero.

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  • Wendy
  • 26-07-18

brilliant

a brilliant story, narrated well and kept you interested all the way through, insightful honest and sometimes very amusing. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Barry Thomas
  • 05-07-18

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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  • David
  • 26-06-18

Utterly captivating. A true inspiration!

The book in hardback is excellent. However with Scott narrating, it is absolutely fantastic! Recommended!!!

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  • Manch
  • 02-11-17

The next best thing to being an astronaut

Such a fascinating insight into the life of an astronaut. Amazing tales of what we take for granted on Earth and what you miss when in space.

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  • Vaughan
  • 08-02-20

Very candid and honest.

Kelly provides his readers with a very personal record of his space career, with this book featuring what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station. Kelly describes the people he has lived and worked with, the challenges of zero gravity, and the dangers of life in space. The book is personable, and mostly removed from nasa's notoriously dense lexicon of its own alphabet soup. Kelly discusses his relationships with frankness. Topics of marriage separation and the arrival of new people in his life reminds us that astronauts are after all, human.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

10/10 fantastic!!

Absolutely loved this book! It has so much science, knowledge and adventure in it 🤩 I also really loved how honest Scott was about the hardships and personal relationship experiences he has had.
I found This book Very inspiring and educational!
Loved it!!

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  • S. Herod
  • 09-12-19

An interesting read for space buffs.

There is no doubt that Scott Kelly is an accomplished human being, having achieved something no other American had done. His Scott’s relatively deadpan delivery of his life story interweaved with his year in space is interesting and worthwhile, but it does tend to pale in comparison to the story that he based his title on regarding Shackleon both in the narrative, the writing and the performance. If you are curious about the modern space program give it a go.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-19

truly an awesome book to listen to.

this book is inspiring and a very good insight in to the life of someone who has had the dedication to be the best they can be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-19

inspiring

initially when I heard Scott's monotone voice I thought it may be a boring book. oh boy was I wrong. Scott is a unique, kind and brave individual who has lived an interesting and inspiring life. would reccomend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

Loved, loved, loved this!

Kelly makes an impossible feat of human endurance accessible to all and in parts is laugh out loud hilarious. Listening to the man himself recant his life and experiences brings the story to life in a way a paperback would struggle to and I'm glad I opted to listen rather than read this one. It's an incredible, inspiring, entertaining and engaging story and I could not recommend it more highly. I've been telling everyone I know to listen to it just so I can talk to someone about it.

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  • Gayashan
  • 24-02-19

Breathtaking story of hard work and perseverance

Wow! One of the best books I've [listened] read. Totally worth listening to it back to back, which i am going to do now. Thank you Commander Scott!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-19

Scott does a fantastic job.

Very inspiring book. I really enjoyed his story about how he got there and what it took.

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  • Ben
  • 03-12-18

Fascinating

Thank you sir for this amazing story, and your narration which added a definite something