I loved this book and would recommend it to my 11 year old son, except that suicide is treated as a reasonable thing to do at one point in the narrative. That rubs my morals the wrong way.
The story is gripping and the setting believable.
While this book is not high art by any stretch, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. There were parts that were a bit weak or pedantic, but for the most part, it was quite enjoyable. I laughed quite a few times and there are wonderful turns-of-phrase throughout. The characters are characters in more than one sense of the word.
I don't think I can finish this book. I'm about 1/3 of the way through it and I've read about astronaut masturbation, urine, vomit, space sickness, mental instability. These are not the topics that intrigue me about the space program. The interesting facts are too far apart in this book.
Her attempts at being funny (listing two relevent items and then one that's completely irrelevent) fall flat most of the time. I did laugh once.
This book was agony. I was so looking forward to it. I read Longitude and loved it. I couldn't listen to this at all. I only got about 1/3 of the way through before I gave up. It was all fluff and not much science. Nothing I found interesting.
There are some funny parts to this but it's not nearly as good as Town around the bend.
I did not like the language: phrases like "I hate your song" and "It's stupid", and the implication that the boy eats his parents was disturbing.
I like the content. It is usually thought provoking.
But as an audio engineer, I am amazed at what Audible considers passable sound quality. One wonders if anyone has listened to it. All of the NPR shows sound like this, like they've been compressed with two different algorhithms that are interacting. They sound this way regardless of the selected quality level.
Audible books sound fine, so I'm left wondering who dropped the ball.
The biology was really interesting. But the multiple mistakes describing optics (It was halos not spectre of the brocken) make me wonder how accurate the rest of it was.
She tends to put down suburban life a lot, but then compares the natural world to suburban objects. Very annoying.
And she exagerates her hardships. If she really thinks that the farallons has the worst weather in the world, she should spend February in Greenland.
But I'm glad I read it for the sharks and descriptions.
My 4 year old son loves this book. This guy's very clever and fun.
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