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.
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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.
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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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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By mr kieran j murphy on 20-07-18
there are better astronaut autobiographies out
I really like autobiographies by astronauts but this one really annoyed me. I struggled to work out why. But in the end put it down to being very repetitive and nonsequential. he would jump around from timeframe to time frame and then suddenly you be in another situation, not sure how you got there. for example he seemed to suddenly start talking about his return journey on a shuttle without mentioning his time in space had come to an end. he also talked about TV the days leading up to his first shuttle mission 10 chapters after describing the launch in some detail. very frustrating