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Endurance

A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Narrated by: Scott Kelly
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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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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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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Interesting but tough to listen to

Luckily this story is so interesting, otherwise there is no way I would have managed to listen to the narrator for so long. I appreciate it’s nice to get the author to narrate the book, but he does so with so little expression and enthusiasm, that together with his strong American accent really makes this tough to listen to!

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Amazing epic inspiring story

A life sacrificed & dedicated to advancing the human race into a multi planet species. Thanks very much Scott!

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I loved it!!

Very inspiring, an amazing story of endurance, trust, friendship, love, & what humans can achieve if we all work together.

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Terrible narration

Never heard so little enthusiasm in an audiobook. The narrator sounds like he's about to cry any minute.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Hans T.
  • 23-04-2018

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
  • 30-01-2018

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
  • 26-01-2018

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
  • 09-11-2017

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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  • David Halgoa
  • 10-09-2020

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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  • J C Bignell
  • 16-07-2020

Space Story Spectacular!!

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

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  • Bashar
  • 20-04-2020

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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  • pawelgrzybek
  • 04-04-2020

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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  • Dave Cassim
  • 13-03-2020

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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  • dawn
  • 19-10-2019

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
  • 05-05-2019

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
  • 08-03-2019

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
  • 22-01-2019

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.