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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

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Scott Kelly

13 Hours 7 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2017

Audio Book Summary


A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.

The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother's wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.

     Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging, step in spaceflight.

     In Endurance, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.

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  • Patricia R.

    I loved the book. I found it very inspirational and real. I loved learning of the Space Program and the Kelly Family.

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  • Tim J.

    Great book, wonderful insight of the NASA Space Program. Loved Scott Kelly's voice as the narrator.

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  • Neil P

    Fascinating & insightful. Great that it was narratted by Scott

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  • Pat H

    Fascinating. Scott Kelly did a great read. Thank you.

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  • brent k

    This is a great story but the audio version has been abridged and important sections have been left out. It’s as if sections have been inadvertently cut as the story line lacks continuity.

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