Mary Roach does not hold back and I love it! And space travel has always fascinated me. She tells all the interesting details about space travel in general that I never would have learned anywhere else. And there were a couple of times that I laughed my ass off.
No way. Narrator was boring . She should record "Put to sleep" books instead
Boring Boring Boring .. just like this review you are reading...
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.
Great job exploring the challenges of space travel. Sandra Burr's narration really brought to life Mary's funny questions and observations. Book kept me interested and amused.
An endless trove of behind-the-scenes stories, highly personal details and quirky humor. The reading captures every nuance of the authors wit and snark.
Plenty of snippets of transcripts from various missions, crisp descriptions and concise writing.
Multiple LOL moments in here. This will be worth listening to again.
I would have liked a little more forward-looking material, but I suspect she feared it would make the book out-dated. BUt overall, an excellent book and a fine performance.
I'm a humble Public Servant working for county government. I enjoy futuristic Sci fi, murder mysteries, Tim Dorsey, & dystopian genres.
The beginning was really slow. A nice "punch" to get it going would have better held my interest.
It really didn't make a lot sense from the get go. I read a lot of Sci-fi, which is why I reached for a new author. This story never hooked me.
The narrator could have used more emotion; but I doubt it would've made a difference for me.
This book was not for me. I took a chance and came back with nothing. However, I will continue to look for new & different authors to try. That's why books are so great. Everyone has story.
I'm a writer and a yoga teacher with a Masters in English Literature.
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."