Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Mary Roach explores everything from sex to bowel movements in her outer space travel guide, “Packing for Mars”. Roach participates in some NASA training to get a first hand experience of what it takes to be a space traveler. She experiences weightlessness in 22 second intervals. She floats like a butterfly while some of her space mates puke breakfast and lunch.
Roach does use humor to explain what space travel takes but looking past the humor one is overwhelmed by the gap between current science and technology and human travel to other planets.
I really enjoined this book, it was entertaining and informative. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is that Roach goes off on some tangents in this, I mean she really gets to the bottom of stuff - almost to a fault.
Excellent information, very funny too. Unfortunately it is composed of a large number of footnotes which doesn't translate well into an audiobook. Very start/stop story telling.
Shame though as it was well read and the material was interesting.
You know that soft, metered female voice that seems to be part of any automated phone service? That's precisely who's reading this book and it dulls down an otherwise humorous and interesting subject.
Listen to the sample first! This might be a better book to buy in black & white
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
Never has the importance of a reader in creating the enjoyment of a book been more apparent than with this book. I listened to "Stiff" by the same author and loved it so much that I raced to download "Packing for Mars". What a disappointment. Sandra Burr was boring and couldn't capture the humorous side of Roach's writing. I'm sure the content of each book was equal but the reading made a gigantic difference in its appreciation. Nevertheless, the book had tons of fascinating information. Mary Roach has the rare skill of taking the most mundane situations of life and addresses their complications when they are placed in outer space. For example, who would think that sex would be so difficult in a space station. How about going to the bathroom? How about not showering for six weeks? Ugh!
If Mary Roach releases a book, I buy it. I hadn't realised that until I had purchased this one before finishing reading the TITLE.
She did not disappoint. The book is fascinating, honest, entertaining, and FUN. And the reader does a fantastic job as well. If you liked her other stuff, get this. If you haven't read her other stuff, get this, then that. :D
If you've ever wondered how NASA prepares equipment, supplies, and astronauts themselves for a journey to space, then this book is for you. If you've ever wondered how astronauts use a toilet in space and how early experiments in space toilets failed, in extreme detail, then this book is definitely for you. Once again Mary Roach takes a subject - how to prepare for a journey to space, and ultimately, a journey to Mars - and digs into every obscure and lesser-examined aspect of the question with her usual thoroughness, attention to detail, and quirky sense of humour.
Mary Roach has done it again, with her offbeat investigations of the lesser-known corners of modern science.
Packing for Mars is about space travel, but it opens up the mind to many considerations of life here on Earth as well. She begins by covering the psychological and social qualifications for Astronauts, both in the USA and abroad. The cultural differences between US, Japanese, and Russian training programs are illuminating. Another subject I liked was nutrition and waste management in space.
Sandra Burr's reading--which tends toward professional aloofness, though you can clearly hear the smile in her voice at many points in the story--is very well suited to the writing.
This is a funny book, and enlightening. It's one of my favorite Audible books, and I've recommended it to others (my mom also loved it). If you're very squeamish, you might find yourself fast forwarding occasionally, but I personally loved the graphic bits.
Roach brings science and research to life. I definitely recommend this book.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
The book was pretty much in line with some of the other books authored by Mary Roach. She really can make a technical subject more interesting than expected.
However, this one was very preoccupied with the astronauts bodily functions. So kinda cool, but it became a bit of more of the same after a while for me. It was okay.
It could be dangerous because the narration is sooooo boring and robotic you may fall asleep. It's too bad because the content of the book is pretty good, but the narration is just horrible and near impossible to withstand for more than a few minutes at a time.