Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0385514651
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In February 2003, the space shuttle Columbia, returning from the International Space Station, exploded after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, killing its seven passengers. Three other astronauts were left stranded aboard the ISS after the launch program was suspended in the wake of the tragedy. Jones follows the three aboard the space station and charts their eventual return home. Davies delivers a serviceable if lackluster performance. His voice is pleasant enough, but his narrative style is a bit bland. There are a number of dramatic scenes throughout the story that Davies simply recounts rather than dramatizes. Since most, if not all, of the dialogue between the ISS astronauts and mission control was probably recorded, not using them in the audiobook is a missed opportunity to really bring the story to life. Jones's tale of compelling human drama is fascinating, but the narrator doesn't quite have "the right stuff." Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 26).
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From Booklist

In an up-close and personal style, with occasional Tom Wolfe-like flourishes, Jones depicts the life of the modern astronaut who boards the space shuttle and flies to the International Space Station (ISS). The experience of launch and living in orbit receive all-questions-answered coverage, from making wills to eating to using the toilet, given as preliminaries to Jones' main drama: telling of the predicament of two Americans and a Russian who were aboard the ISS when the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed in February 2003. Although not exactly stranded by the subsequent suspension of shuttle flights--the ISS had a Soyuz lifeboat--Kenneth Bowersox, Don Pettit, and Nikolai Budarin had to adapt operationally and emotionally to an extended mission until, after terrestrials debated and dismissed the idea of abandoning the ISS, the Russians could launch a replacement crew. Jones, who obtained the cooperation of Bowersox and his crewmates, captures their feelings of separation from Earth and delivers space travel's ever-present risk in a kinetic rendering of their harrowing return home. Gilbert Taylor
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Product details

  • File Size : 1231 KB
  • Language: : English
  • Publication Date : March 6, 2007
  • Print Length : 310 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Anchor; 1st Edition (March 6, 2007)
  • ASIN : B000OI0FWG
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 30 ratings