The book is reminiscent (deliberately, I'm sure) of the British space opera I read as a boy, in which half the solar system, just like the earth, is painted with the red of the British Empire. Unfortunately, the charm does not quite last until the end of the book, which turns into "same adventure, different planet" by the end.
The narration is generally solid, but there are a few consistent lapses, which I think would not have happened had either the director or the narrator been English.
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.
A delightful book, and a wonderful performance by the author. I really cannot recommend it enough.
Dion Graham sounds a lot like Neil deGrasse Tyson. By the end of the book I had forgotten that it was not the author narrating the book.
If I have a quibble, it is that an unabridged version need not be totally unabridged. When the text contains pronunciation guides (e.g. "V'ger, pronounced vee-jer"), it really isn't necessary to read the whole thing aloud.
P. G. Wodehouse needs no defense from me. Cecil's narration is lively and engaging, and quite frankly the worst thing about it is that he consistently pronounces the "t" in "valet". That's a pretty minor quibble.
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