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Endurance

A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Narrated by: Scott Kelly
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
5 out of 5 stars (87 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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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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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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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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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
  • 03-12-2018

Fascinating

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

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Inspirational, amazing and almost unbelievably true account!

This book was such a great journey with such great detail into the life of an astronaut. From his early days and every

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Awesome Space Story

This is a great book about Scott Kelly and his career in NASA. The book goes back and forth chapter by chapter to his year in space and his earlier career experiences. There are quite a few 'laugh out loud' moments in the story as the book really is a roots and all look at his life and career.
Loved this book and it's narrated by the author so it really is a first hand account.
Great read.

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Inspiring words from a brave man

What a treat to hear Scott Kelly's voice recounting his experiences in space. Highly recommend this to teens who may be wondering about there future as Scott relates his own journey. Having said that this is a fabulous book for anyone interested in space, adventure and exploration.

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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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  • 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.

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  • William Brodie
  • 05-01-2019

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
  • 20-11-2018

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
  • 26-07-2018

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
  • 05-07-2018

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
  • 26-06-2018

Utterly captivating. A true inspiration!

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

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  • Chris
  • 06-04-2018

Amazing Story

Everybody in this planet should read/listen to this book. Scott , Thanks for this !