Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Signed Book)

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Signed Book)

by Scott Kelly
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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
18715140 3 days ago
Scott Kelly's autobiography is a journey from a slacker in youth, to a man willing to sacrifice himself for the furtherance of mankind. I truly enjoyed Scott's wit and humor through out the journey he has provided the reader. Scott was a total under achiever in youth, but seeing his Mom's training and become a police officer in an era when women were not on the force and reading the novel All the Right Stuff, propelled Scott on a journey that lead him to where he is today. The longest space mission for an American lasting almost a year. What Scott sacrifice will help Man reach Mars. Scott's determination kept him on a path, that many thought he would never achieve. His twin brother also became an astronaut, from the same dysfunctional beginnings. That to me makes a truly remarkable family that shows you can over come obstacles. One thing that I truly enjoyed reading about, was all the different aircraft that Scott learned to fly, ending with the Space Shuttle. While these pilots make things look easy, the behind the scene narrative that Scott provided, truly shows how difficult flight can be. While one may think floating in the ISS would be a fun day, there are a lot of sacrifices and demands of the body and mind that Scott eloquently described in his writing.
conni7 7 days ago
I am amazed at how interesting this book is. I expected to read a lot of factual information about Scott Kelly’s time at the International Space Station, this book was all that and so much more. The author shares detail about his formative years, growing up with a father who was an alcoholic. He goes on to say how he didn’t do well in school, barely passing through each grade and not doing any better in high school. He had trouble sitting still for anything and thinks if he grew up today, he would be diagnosed with ADHD. It all changed when he came across a copy of The Right Stuff. The book suddenly made everything clear to him. Becoming an a navy pilot and hopefully eventually an astronaut was now his goal. He then writes about the struggle and hard work that went into improving his grades in college, so he could finally be accepted at a military academy. He intersperses his past with his career as an astronaut and how he ended up going to the International Space Station. Through words and photos he shows us what it’s like to get there and live there for a year. He covers some of the difficult things such as how careful they have to be with everything because things float away. There are difficulties eating, working on equipment and even going to the bathroom. I highly recommend this fascinating book. I would love to see this reduced in size for elementary school kids to show them that they too can reach their dreams by working for them. This book is so inspirational that I think he could change a few lives by reaching children at young ages.
KristyJewel 11 days ago
I just finished reading Endurance by Scott Kelly and I have to say I really enjoyed the book. I ended up buying the audiobook after I received the physical book simply because I saw that the book was read by Scott Kelly. I always love listening to the person read their own life story. I have to say that I was really impressed with this book. Scott Kelly really adds the human element to Space Exploration. It was motivating in a "I will never be that motivated" kind of way. Growing up, I never even thought of being an astronaut so reading about his experiences was truly one of a kind. One thing when reading this book that I noticed is that Scott Kelly is a facts only kind of guy. He seems to almost lack emotions at certain pivotal parts in the book. He really just states the facts and moves on. That was something that I really had to accept because most of the biographies that I read have some sort of emotion placed in them. Even though the emotions was missing, I have to say I still really enjoyed learning about his journey and I'm sure it was better to not get lost in the details. All in all, this book was fascinating. If anyone is wanting to learn more about the daily struggle that astronauts go through, this is a great book to read. I truly hope that this book speaks to many people and helps them realize their full potential. Scott Kelly just proved that picking up a book can truly change your life.
BrainyHeroine 11 days ago
Endurance is not a memoir to be read lightly, though gravity and brevity both take the forefront. Scott's experiences both getting to the ISS and while on it, are a remarkable, pragmatic, and thrilling experiment in the capacity of science and humanity. There is no fluff in his telling, no exaggeration of events, you almost feel like you're having a conversation with him, or rather that he's giving a lecture. The photos and sketches in the book are a great point of reference in a few places; all while giving a truly fantastical experience a homey feel. Scott Kelly did a really and utterly fantastic job, both on his various missions and in the writing of this book. It's hard to explain why I've found it to be so amazing, but it just is. The rollercoaster of emotions that you go through, exhilaration, fear, hope, sadness, all to get to an unknown ending that we get to witness in real life is magical. This is going to be a book that one day sparks some kids interest in a future space program.
Anonymous 14 days ago
I opened this book up with the thought that I would read a few chapters before bed here and there. To be honest, I didn't think I would like it. After the first few sections I was hooked. Finished it within a week and my plan to read a few chapters before bed turned into reading it until 3am. I love the rawness and honesty of the character. You get to know him. Not the person he wants you to think he is, but really the person he is. That isn't easy to do. To be so honest and bold about who you are knowing that everyone can read and judge from that. I really thought it would be another space book. I'm embarrassed for thinking that now. You get taken to another place but its how he tells it thats important. I literally felt everything that he felt. I saw what he saw and I was an emotional wreck for the whole ride. Definitely a must read for everyone.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Very disappointed this was not totally written by the person "enduring" the trip to space. A ghost writer obviously wrote this or wrote the majority of the Memoir. The "almost year in space" could have been more of a family style book not adult only thoughts. I wouldn't want my children to read this. Otherwise not too bad.
Anonymous 13 days ago
A first hand and very personal account of living in space. I enjoyed the book very much.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I cant tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down each night and was sorry when it was over. It was so good I read every last page of the Acknowledgments. A must read.
MonnieR 29 days ago
Almost every review of this book, I'll bet, will begin something like this: "When I was a kid, outer space was fascinating...I dreamed of being an astronaut." I wholeheartedly agree with the first part; it was true of me then - back in the '50s when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded, and it is true now that I've reached septagenerian status. But beyond that, flying 900 feet in the air under a parasail firmly attached to a heavy cable is about as high as I ever want to go (and don't care to go ever again, thank you very much). Besides that, just thinking about stuffing my body into one of those capsules that carry astronauts to and from terra firma makes me break out in a cold sweat. Truth is, I'm quite content to read about other people's experiences - and this account is one of the best I've encountered since Tom Wolfe's 1979 classic, "The Right Stuff." So I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Wolfe's book served as the impetus that turned Kelly's life around - from a kid who had no plans for his future and didn't much care for education to one singularly focused on a very lofty and difficult-to-reach career goal and knew education was the key to reaching it. In this book, Kelly, who holds the American record for consecutive days spent in space, tells it like it really was - both in his personal and professional life. For those who might not know, he is the twin brother of astronaut Mark Kelly, also the husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011. The prologue of the book hooked me immediately: now back on earth for 48 hours, Kelly was suffering the effects of a return to gravity after a year of looking down on civilization as we know it from the International Space Station (which he notes is today the longest-inhabited structure in space by far and the largest peacetime international project in history). That's impressive in and of itself, but along the way - maybe because I spent my youth in the throes of the Cold War, crossing my fingers that school desks would protect me from a nuclear blast - I was blown away by one comment in particular: That Kelly found himself heading to space with two Russian companions, all of whom not that long ago might have been ordered to kill each other. Now, their very lives depended on total cooperation and trust. Chapters shift from Kelly's pre-astronaut years to his experiences on four space flights including his final mission aboard the ISS. Although I'm sure he left out plenty of classified details, he pulls no punches when it comes to describing what it's really like in a confined space in zero gravity (right down to how human waste is contained and what happens to any of it that isn't). Some happenings are day-to-day routine and others have the potential to make the writing of this book not a happening thing, but all share a common bond: not a single one is boring. I finished the book as fast as I could, and when I got to the last page, I wished there were more to read. As I said at the beginning, space - and Kelly's part of exploring it - are nothing short of fascinating. Now that his in-space voyages have come to an end, to Kelly I say thank you for your service and your wonderful book. Oh yes, and one other thing. Live long and prosper!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I just read one of the best autobiography's! From someone who reads mostly fiction this is saying a lot.. The Astronaut Scott Kelly described his experiences living in space for a year. I remember being glued to to the TV in 2015 whenever Scott Kelly came on. From Spacewalks and experiments to the emotional disasters of the Columbia and Challenger shuttle disasters, Scott Kelly really kept me at the edge of my seat. One of my favorite lines in the book was, " I just experienced being trolled, in space, by the second man on the moon, while also engaging in a twitter conversation with the president." That made me laugh! Scott Kelly is a charming guy and a good writer. He is a hero along with all our astronauts. I highly highly highly recommend reading this book!!!
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