• by Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by Mike Massimino
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.
Massimino's childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope - which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission - Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having "the right stuff" really means.


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Another spaceman book

I guess Chris Hadfield set the bar pretty high with his book. Where his book was a tale of value-driven hard work and family support, this one is a little different.

I found Mike's narration really enjoyable. He has a lovely authentic voice and it is a treat when an author reads their own book well.

He is clearly a bright guy who achieved an extraordinary task and this book covers some of the milestones on his road to Hubble. He emphasises his twisty and uncertain path and how dogged determination and probably his own smarts helped him overcome things he found difficult. Funnily enough, because he seems so keen to dwell on his limitations and short-comings I was left with the feeling that he was some kind of klutz, which he clearly can't have been.

He is very generous in acknowledging the help and support from colleagues and the huge role that his NASA 'family' has played in his life. His own family, and in particular his wife, remain shadowy and pale in the book. I did think this was a bit odd as surely his family team ought to have been at least as important to him as his colleagues and I was left with a bit of crossness on his invisible wife's behalf.

Anyway, an interesting enough listen for all of that. He included some thoughts about space exploration in the future as the funding for space moves more to the private sector and collaborations. It would have been interesting to hear a bit more of that, but I suppose that is a different book.

I suppose in summary, a workman-like book which was pleasant, but not outstanding.
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- Jumpin' Bean

Amazing story of one mans dream

Im fascinated by Space and the Universe and all things related. I stumbled on this Audiobook while searching for Audiobooks about the Universe, Black Holes and general information I could listen too at my own leisure. I decided to purchase this Audiobook as I know Mike is one of the famous Astronauts like Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins, Harrison and Hadfield and they each have their own personal stories to tell. I was genuinely please to see the Astronaut Mike Massimino narrates this title himself and I love his voice narrating it. He could easily have a job narrating Audiobooks especially about the Universe and Space genre. He tells his life from the moment he realised he wanted to be an Astronaut and he tells just enough to entertain and not bore you..unlike others who spend lots of chapters letting you know everything about themselves ( not that it's a bad thing just tiresome to me ). He explains what made him want to become an Astronaut and the road he took to get to where he is. The explanations he gives about various things like abbreviations and when he's talking about the mechanisms of NASA from training to what parts do on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. I would highly recommend this Audiobook to anyone interested in this subject and I'll definitely be purchasing the book.
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- Paul C

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios