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I would, because I think Mary Roach is funny and I have a new perspective on space travel now. It's taken some of the romance out of Star Trek, though!
Basically the book is about the human body, not about space. We learn a lot about how the body works by considering what will happen to it in space and in anti gravity. The chapter on poo was way too long, and followed by the chapter on vomit--it was sort of interesting, but just disgusting and not always worth listening to. I guess I wanted more fascinating aspects of space, but I got a lot of poop jokes instead. I didn't like that aspect. I preferred Mary Roach's book about sex, and I want to read the others of hers (I tried listening to Spook, but the narrator made the book sound incredibly racist, so I couldn't finish it).
Yes, definitely worth the listening time.
Not only did she research "private" areas about space travel, but it was hysterical. Everyone thinks of space as this clean, zero-gravity container. But it can be totally disgusting! I have a new respect for astronauts.
i really enjoy Mary Roach's writing style and the subjects she tackles. therefore i would almost blindly recommend her to anyone who enjoys learning while being entertained. as i am studying, and usually taking very challenging classes it usually takes me 2 or 3 tries to get through one of her books. this is because her books draw my attention from what i am doing and i find myself just listening if i am doing something deeper than folding laundry. if you are mentally taxed right now you may not make it through the first time, but it won't be due to lack of interest. (note: if one is attempting to dissect human cadavers for future classes to study, this is not the book to listen to while doing so. one's quality of work decreases.)
I've read/listened to almost all of Mary Roach's other books and enjoy her sense of humor. But this book has an absurd number of footnotes filled with irrelevant anecdotes, many of which aren't particularly entertaining. If you were reading the book you could skip them, but in the audiobook they constantly interrupt the flow of the narrative with "Note ---- Endnote."
I love non-fiction and this book could not be anymore interesting! We are amateur astronomers but this is not really astronomy related, rather it is about all the research conducted to get man into space. How do humans live, eat, drink, shower/clean, bathroom, live in close spaces with fellow astronauts, and tons more. This is my first book from this author and I am going to listen to all the others.
Very entertaining. Just as good a book as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Very similar to Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers only the subject is space.
She managed to capture the quirkiness of the subject matter.
It was very funny at times and educational at times. I learned that doing mundane tasks in space require lots of technology and great aim.
Awesome book for someone interested in space & NASA. Roach's writing style allows for a lot of info to be covered with ease, all while trying not to fall out of the chair from laughter. Burr scores again with her perfect narration.
Pro: A large set of anecdotes about the space program that are often poignant, hilarious, hair-raising, and enlightening.
Con: Chapters vary widely in their enjoyment factor. Some are fantastic. Some are better skipped.
I just found it interesting consistently. Makes the space program ever more impressive in all the odd things they had to try and figure out. Filled with wonderful strange information throughout.