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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

emp15's review against another edition

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informative inspiring medium-paced

4.0

vinisha's review against another edition

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5.0

I LOVED this book.

So much so that it took me so long to write a review.

plootensnooten's review against another edition

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3.0

Fascinating insight into the single-minded determination required to become an Astronaut, the experience of space flight and life on the International Space Station.

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5.0

I'm in general a fan of any sort of astronaut autobiography, so I've read a spectrum of them. This is one of my favorites. I love the way Hadfield explains complex concepts in very easy to understand language. I enjoy the humility and sense of humor that flavors this book. His writing voice reminds me of John Glenn's writing voice... that "in it for the team" personality that I so love about astronauts. I especially love the section on the "annoying little habits" he picked up upon return to Earth, because there's a lesson in that for all of us.
Long ago, Apollo astronauts took the famous picture we now as "moonrise" showing the gorgeous Earth rising over the gray horizon of the moon. The picture has been a symbol to some of our fragile blue planet that is literally our entire world floating in the vastness of the universe. Hadfield's final chapters are like a written "moonrise" for the new generation... a reminder that this planet is what we have and it's more wonderful than most of us can even realize but we must care for it.
Loved loved LOVED it, and it's appropriate for all ages.
Also? He's totally a +1. Don't let him convince you otherwise.

mrliterate's review against another edition

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adventurous informative inspiring medium-paced

3.0

ofbooksandtrees's review against another edition

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3.0

 Read November 2023
I found the parts that were actually about space & space travel really interesting, but the self-help undertones were kinda off-putting to me, and the writing a little bland. 

millie_who_loves_books's review against another edition

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hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced

3.75

skybalon's review against another edition

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4.0

The biography part is good, but maybe a little light on details. The self-help part is good, but not much more than platitudes. Yet somehow the combination is fine, not great but fine. You learn a little and maybe get inspired just a little.

misianyc's review against another edition

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adventurous funny informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.0

feyzan_theravenboy's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5 stars.

I will highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about space, or anyone who needs a little bit of inspiration or courage to fly towards their dreams. Chris hadfield, aim to educate people about space, from this book, in my opinion, has been accomplished. However, the book was a little tedious and repetitive but still it was a great read for those who seek knowledge and love and positivity and inspiration in their life.

Chris hadfield's thoughts on the power of negative thinking is edifying. I have always felt that by thinking positive all the time you are turning your eyes from a potential threat. Like Elizabeth Glibert, wrote in her book 'Big magic', being fearless and being brave is different: being fearless mean you are not acknowledging the existence of threats and failures, and being brave mean you are aware and prepared to face the challenges head on. We can only face any sort of ordeal, if we acknowledge the fact that our plans can often go awry.