Endurance by Scott Kelly

Endurance

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.The veteran of four space flights 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 inimical to human l...


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TitleEndurance
ISBN9781524731595
Author
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Space, Audiobook, Biography Memoir
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Reviews Endurance

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    2017-10-16
    You might have noticed that when I read nonfiction, I read some pretty crazy topics all over the place. This time! We're delving into space. REAL SPACE. Not Your Sci-fi Space Lite ™. And this is precisely the reason why you have to read real space memoirs, especially if you're a sci-fi fan. Space just got real, and it's meaner than you've ever thought.For those who don't know what I'm talking about – this is the review of Scott Kelly's me...
  • Jennifer
    2017-10-23
    Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery is a memoir written by Scott Kelly. A former NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station (ISS) and (as of October 2015) for spending more time in space than any other American. He's also a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired U.S. Navy captain, a twin to another NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, a father, a son,...
  • Nancy
    2017-08-18
    The worst argument I ever had with my dad when I was growing up was over astronauts. We were at the dinner table and I had remarked that astronauts had to be superior and my dad argued that they had to be 'normal'. Dad thought that normal meant a human body that functioned as it was supposed to, and I thought superior meant they had abilities--physical and cognitive--that most of us don't have.After reading Endurance by Scott Kelly I stand by my ...
  • Deanna
    2017-12-05
    All the stars for this one, fittingly. Best read of the year, and more. I want to write a love song to this one but am not up to it. I do keep wondering if this was written completely by Kelly or with a ghost writer. It doesn’t matter to me, I just wonder how to place my abundance of kudos. If Kelly, not a professional writer, created this on his own I want to shower his with the praise. If he worked with another writer, I want to tell them tha...
  • Rebecca
    2017-09-11
    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.I’m an absolute sucker for astronaut biographies, so I had to read this. There haven’t been a ton of books written by astronauts who have flown on the ISS. Scott Kelly is a Shuttle astronaut as well as a Russia-launched ISS astronaut, so he speaks about spaceflight from multiple perspectives. His military background comes across strongly ...
  • Holly Socolow
    2017-11-04
    Endurance, the aptly borrowed title documenting Shackleton’s year in Antarctica , is about Scott Kelly’s record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS) and the challenges therein. I ended up reading the first half and listening to the second half of the book due to new release availability at my library. I found reading the book easier to follow with the chapters alternating in time between his present mission on the ISS, and h...
  • Karen
    2018-02-19
    When Scott Kelly spent his year in space, I followed him on social media and was in awe over his earth art photos that he took and posted daily! I watched his interviews from the space station, his antics as a space gorilla, and everything I could. I cried with relief when I watched him land safely again back on earth. During that year, space looked fun, although weird. Social media never really portrayed any of the hardships or danger these brav...
  • Yun
    2017-11-29
    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut (like pretty much every other kid out there). To hear that Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space to advance science and to further the mission to Mars completely thrilled the kid still in me. This book of his experiences during that year spent in the International Space Station, along with his journey to get there, is absolutely fascinating and inspirational. Kelly writes with the clear-eye...
  • Chantelle G. Dubois
    2017-11-12
    It's difficult not to enjoy an astronaut's autobiography. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, and for the sacrifices you have made in the name of science and exploration, Scott Kelly!
  • Marcia
    2017-11-30
    Als groot fan van verhalen die zich afspelen in de ruimte, vond ik het zeer interessant het verhaal van astronaut Scott Kelly te lezen. Afwisselend vertelt hij over zijn jaar in de ruimte en de weg om zijn droom astronaut te worden te verwezenlijken. Het is een heel persoonlijk verhaal dat je tegelijkertijd een realistisch beeld geeft van het leven aan boord van het ISS.Mijn complete recensie lees je op Oog op de Toekomst.
  • Monica Fumarolo
    2017-09-12
    *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley - thank you! This in no way impacted my opinions of this book.*Astronauts are always going to be a mystery to me. After all, there's nothing really on earth that can compare to visiting the stars, for however long or short a time. Kelly's journey to becoming an astronaut as well as his year aboard the ISS is nothing short of amazing. Yet, at the same time, it helped de-mystify this illusive group to me...
  • Nikki
    2017-09-01
    An excellent slice-of-life view aboard the International Space Station - along with smoothly interwoven stories through Scott Kelly's life to how he got to the opportunity to spend a year in space. I can't wait to see if an audiobook version comes out, if it does and Scott Kelly reads it, fantastic!
  • Jamie Collins
    2017-11-29
    I very much enjoyed the details of life on the space station, and I liked the discussion of some of the differences between NASA and Roscosmos.I was a little put off, however, by the negative tone of the book. Even the title must rankle with other astronauts who would give anything to “endure” a year in space, yet that’s a good description of Kelly’s experience as related here. I think he was just trying to be realistic, but his complaint...
  • Toni
    2017-08-15
    Scott Kelly has done a very good job of relating his experiences as an astronaut in a way that someone without technical knowledge can understand. Some of his stories made me laugh out loud. It did kind of drag for me near the end, but his book sparked my interest in the ISS, NASA, and a possible mission to mars.
  • Emily (BellaGrace)
    2018-02-21
    The best non-fiction book I have read in a long time. A few months ago I was watching a documentary on PBS about Scott Kelly and the effects that living on the International Space Station (ISS) had on his body after an entire year. Scott has an identical twin (also an astronaut) and so it was groundbreaking science to be able to compare him to his twin after the year in space - the goal being to learn how to humans could adapt to a space flight t...
  • Monnie
    2017-11-11
    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 t...
  • Michelle Mallette
    2017-11-04
    Scott Kelly has spent 340 continuous days on the International Space Station - more than any other American astronaut. That record is likely to stand for a while, since his honesty and candour in describing the experience could give other candidates second thought! Along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail “Misha” Kornienko, there for the same length of time, and other astronauts on shorter missions, Kelly faced mind-blowing challenges while maint...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    2017-12-04
    Wow. Just, wow. This memoir is a page-turner from start to finish, and I appreciated that it wasn't structured chronologically, but rather followed Kelly's storytelling with flashbacks and flashforwards to create a riveting narrative. Endurance is not just about Kelly's time on the ISS, but also delves into the training that led up to his becoming an astronaut. All of Kelly's experiences, from his time as an EMT on an ambulance to his career in t...
  • Renee Nash
    2017-11-30
    Book DescriptionA stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. My ThoughtsScott Kelly’s life story is inspiring. From his early life, to his decision to become an astronaut, to the year he spent on the International Space Station, this is one man’s amazi...
  • Samantha Colwell
    2017-11-07
    I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House for an honest review.Scott Kelly's Endurance is a study in human achievement and the ISS is really the star of the show. Don't get me wrong--Scott Kelly is an interesting, personable, funny narrator, and his memoir is cohesive and strong. But the international space station, the way it functions and its purpose, is the most fascinating part of the novel. Endurance takes us in alternating ch...
  • Paige
    2017-12-04
    It was difficult to put this memoir by former astronaut Scott Kelly down. This is the story of a living hero who comes across as approachable and relatable while also inspiring awe. I had limited background knowledge of the International Space Station or spaceflight, yet I was able to enjoy this book. This contained a fair amount of details and technical descriptions, but I never felt overwhelmed. What made this such an appealing read was that we...
  • Debbie
    2017-12-04
    I liked this book a lot! It was very interesting and held my interest throughout. Scott Kelly is a very funny guy and I liked how put that into the book. I learned a lot about the space industry. Most of it, I didn’t know. I certainly didn’t realize that there are still astronauts and that we are using Russia’s facilities. I now a little secret about dill, as well. Ha!! I think it’s great that we are cooperating with Russia in order to le...
  • Katie
    2017-11-05
    I wish I could give this book even more stars! I have read several other books written by astronauts about their time in space and Endurance is, by far, my favorite. The number of details included in this story makes it a very interesting read. Scott adds in many unique insights about his life on the iss, what led him to becoming an astronaut, what he was thinking or experiencing during different times and describing what the technical procedures...
  • Alex Rogers
    2017-11-11
    Who doesn't love a good astronaut bio? But Kelly does it really well, and comes across as a very interesting, genuine human being. I think he has a lot to thank his ghostwriter for, as Kelly's voice comes through loud and clear. Fascinating life, amazing experiences. He strips away the "glamour" associated with astronauts, exposing instead the sheer hard work, professionalism, teamwork, pain and ingenuity required. A must read for anyone even sli...
  • Eugenia Hernandez
    2017-10-28
    I'm so happy to have come across this book. It's a real eye opener to read a true life experience of an Astronaut of our time. Scott Kelly has a lived a remarkable life. I found him to be surprisingly relatable. Contagious in spirit. Inspirational. Funny. A true soldier. Willing to risk his life for humanity. So grateful for all the Astronauts out there, and Russia for continuing to send people up to space. Definitely a must read!
  • Mary
    2017-11-12
    An excellent read! If you enjoyed the Martian, read this next! It’s just as gripping and even better, it’s true! I enjoyed following Scott’s social media while he was in space so reading about his year in space and his memoirs about growing up and becoming an astronaut was a treat. I highly recommend.
  • Lilly Mary
    2017-11-18
    That was a f*#king amazing read! Go out, buy it, loan it, download it... what ever you have to do and then set aside everything, including sleep, because you will not be able to stop reading! Scott Kelly - you are incredible!
  • Josephus Brautigan
    2017-11-19
    This is the best new book I've read all year! Cmdr Scott Kelly has written a real beautiful book. Anyone who has an interest in space and the ISS will not be able to put this one down. I know I couldn't!