Sandra Burr's performance is totally transparent, and connects you directly with Mary Roach's experiences interviewing astronauts and NASA officials past and present about the more unusual aspects of living in zero gravity.
This is a very interesting book, but nothing to do with preparing go to mars at all, it is all about space travel in general. I was hoping for some specific challenges associated with a mars mission.
Also the author spends too much time on the absolute miniature of some of the more dull aspects of specetravel. We'll yes thats the point of the book but some snappier editing would have been appreciated
this might be the worst narration i've heard. its actually a fairly decent book and an interesting topic but i cant tolerate the narration. please take a sample listen before you purchase this book.
This book got so much press I had high expectations......they were not met.
the content is interesting but the intensely repetitive format gets irritating quickly. how many times do we have to here "note" followed by mildly amusing facts and largely irrelevant antic dotes. This book has huge potential that just wasn't met in my opinion. the author is a brilliant researcher and would no doubt be a riot to speak with in person but the format of this book reads like a power point presentation complete with excessive bullet points. The narrator has not got the voice or personality to read highly ironic content such as this. she sounds like she's reading the phone book line for line.
Expectations - not met, Press - over hyped. But still a talented non fiction writer just needs spit and polish and an entirely new narrator.
Too long and repetetive. This book did not live up to expectations. Far too much emphasis on astronauts bowel habits
I loved this book. Mary Roach wrote an insightful, quirky and fascinating book. Sandra Burr was a wonderful narrator. I would recommend Packing for Mars not just someone who has an interest in the space program but to everyone who has ever wondered what it really takes to even get to outer space.
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The worst part was the narration by Sandra Burr. If...........she............talked..............any............slower you would fall asleep! I had to listen at 1 1/2 speed, just to listen at a normal pace!
The book itself was ok. Picture a bunch of interesting tid bits filling up a whole book. It was ok for the first chapter, but then found myself fast forwarding and then skipping chapters. I love the idea about space travel and it is interesting to hear how things came about, but this was just too drawn out and bad narration
I have two concerns about this book: First the book is very light on science and technical details and delves extensively into anything which is salacious or indiscreet. The sections on copulation and defecation were interminable.
Second, the author argues that if we don't spend 500 billion dollars on sending men to Mars, the government will waste the money in some other, less interesting way. I don't believe that all government spending is wasted and I'm tired of hearing this narrative from all the "drown it in the bathtub" types who are masking their avarice in a cloak of libertarianism.
Very interesting information about what astronauts "really" do in space. Mary Roach is a very funny author and adds humor to subjects such as vomiting and going to the "bathroom" in space. However, Sandra Burr isn't a very funny reader. There were a lot of lines in the book that were clearly meant to said with a "wink", but her delivery is flat and often not funny. Disappointment in the narrator aside, I did enjoy this book and learned a lot about the challenges of human space exploration. These are issues that we need to deal with if we're ever going to get off of this rock and it was fun to get a different perspective.
This rates WAY down the ladder, if you've heard the autobiographies
of astronauts like Eugene Cernan and Wally Shirra.
Also, the details of body function are gross and boring.
Try again Mary, do a chronicle of the Shuttle missions, only with more
science and less poop and barf.