Endurance by Scott Kelly


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...

Details Endurance

Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Science, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Space, Audiobook

Reviews Endurance

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • megs_bookrack
    All the stars in the universe! As memoirs go, this is top-notch! If you like science, you need to read this book. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Scott Kelly himself, and was hooked from start to finish. For me personally, I find it very hard to critique a memoir. I mean, it is that person's story, it is up to them how they choose to tell it. This being said, even if I was a better reviewer I would have a hard time finding anything to cr...
  • Holly Socolow
    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...
  • Yun
    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
    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!
  • Karen
    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...
  • Marcia
    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.
  • Jamie Collins
    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...
  • Monica Fumarolo
    *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
    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!
  • Scott Hitchcock
    2.5*'sWhile interesting and informative it was so dry and textbook like. Worth the read if you're interested in space but don't expect any excitement.
  • Monnie
    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...
  • Toni
    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)
    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...
  • Helga Cohen
    Endurance was a memoir by Kelly about his record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS) and the challenges. The book alternates chapters from his present mission and his years of training as an officer and pilot and his family life. It touches on the Challenger and Columbia explosions and his sister-in law Gabby Gifford getting shot. Scott has an identical twin, Mark (also an astronaut) so the twin studies are groundbreaking scien...
  • Ula M
    3.5☆ (6/10)He's not exactly Shakespeare, but he was an astronaut and this blunt memoir of his life was so very informative on the whole process and experience. I love the international cooperation on the iss and the fact that so many countries and astronauts and cosmonauts work together every day and put old differences behind them Definitely recommend if you enjoy current space exploration
  • Renee
    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...
  • Marie
    I've never had a burning desire to leave my home planet, but being a kid of the '80s, the space program has always intrigued me. My interests may still be childlike: how do astronauts pee, cut hair, and drink coffee in zero gravity, and the like. Scott Kelly, in his ultra direct manner, kindly enlightened me on all counts, plus many I hadn't considered (like how long it takes to prepare for a space walk). His memoir is told in dual time: most cha...
  • Michelle Mallette
    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
    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...
  • Samantha Colwell
    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
    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...
  • Katie
    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
    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...