Couldn't decide if it wanted to be non-fiction or entertainment, but fell flat at the latter. More facts and details would have been nice. Instead she filled in the lulls with potty humor and overly long segments. Definitely could benefit from better editing, but overall a passable weekend listen during yard work.
I had to suffer through vast stretches of blah to get to the bits and pieces that I found interesting. It often felt like the target audience were Cosmopolitan readers or those who want schtick. The last chapter was good and there were some interesting glimpses at space travel and space life but generally not my thing.
Maybe more than you want to know about the planning for space exploration. The narrator drove me crazy saying "eva" instead of E.V.A.
Parts get a bit crude in a way that's a bit unnecessary. I have a degree in propulsion and listened to it on my way to Johnson space center for meetings with astronauts, including a discussion about toilets. I enjoyed the way it focused on the early Mercury and Gemini missions. The performance grates at you a bit at first but by the end it feels like the correct tone.
Some of the parts were more speculation, than historical research, but I thought the book did a good job of coming clean on this fact.
I sort of expected it to talk more about the feasibility of Mars colonization. The book is mostly about the details of going to space. I have absolutely no regrets though! I am so sad that this book is over! And again hopefully I'll forget it soon and I can listen again…
And Buffalo George
The author does a good job describing the preparations that must be made for a trip to Mars. Everything from food to poop is covered. She had amazing access to the astronauts, NASA staff and other researchers...even the "three dolphin club." I think that I'll read another Mary Roach book, but not for awhile.
This book is beautifully read and entertaining. However sometimes marry's obsession with feces is a bit much for me. She reuses the whole story about fecal bags in the Gemini missions in several chapter. It's funny the first time but then just becomes weird.