Summary

What's it like to travel at more than 850 MPH, riding in a supersonic T-38 twin turbojet engine airplane? What happens when the space station toilet breaks? How do astronauts "take out the trash" on a spacewalk, tightly encapsulated in a space suit with just a few layers of fabric and Kevlar between them and the unforgiving vacuum of outer space?
The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of US astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than 40 hours of space walks. Having applied to NASA 15 times over 15 years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance.
From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles - family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice - Anderson shares the full range of his experiences.
©2015 Clayton C. Anderson (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"Anderson provides a focused picture of how a fiercely dedicated individual became a spaceman." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Clayton Anderson is no ordinary astronaut, and this is no ordinary book. It is an uncompromisingly honest rendering of a challenging and fulfilling life by someone with a singular dream and the moxie to pursue it to success." ( Lincoln Journal Star)
"He may have been an ordinary spaceman, but The Ordinary Spaceman demonstrates he is certainly not ordinary." ( Space Review)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Neil F. on 18-06-18

Fine performance but portly written book.

Absolutely nothing wrong with the performance or narration but I found the source material to be somewhat jumbled and mixed up with frequent repetition and difficulty keeping track of what happened when. That said I still enjoyed the content I just wish a decent editor had got his hands on the text and arranged it into a more meaningful order.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-07-17

An honest and insightful listen

I've listened to a number of great Astro biographies and this one stands out for me. Clay Anderson strikes a great balance between detail, process and the humanity of his amazing journey. Its very touching in parts and laugh out loud in others. I highly recommend this one for any of you space nuts out there as well as anyone who enjoys a good story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By April on 21-02-16

Great easy to listen story.

I have always dreamt of being an astronaut and so when I saw that NASA is finally taking applications for new astronaut hopefuls I decided to do some research on what it would take. That is how I came across this audio book. This story of Clayton Anderson was very inspiring and help motivate me to reach for my dreams even if the dream is being an astronaut. I would recommend this book to anyone with a dream or a passion for outer space.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-02-18

Mostly about going to the bathroom

I've read a whole bunch of astronaut autobiographies/memoirs and this one is kind of a disappointment. There are two chapters about pooping, several long and in-depth descriptions of pooping, and way too many inappropriate mentions of the female astronaut's bodies. I'm not offended, I just found it a waste of time and not interesting enough. I'd recommend Mike Massamino's book, Scott Kelly's book, or Scott Parazynski's book, all better. Unless you have a serious reason to read this one, there are better ways to spend your time.

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