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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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Publisher's Summary

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

©2010 Mary Roach (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Pete Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom 18/09/2010
    Pete Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom 18/09/2010 Member Since 2015
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    "Unexpected Gem"

    I bought this book on a whim but what a interesting book it goes right into the detail of man space flight and explains a lot of thing the TV never told us, I listen to my books while walking to work but with this one I made up walks just to listen to it!

    I fully recommend it if you have half a interest in space flight

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Fern Wolverhampton, UK 01/02/2011
    Nicola Fern Wolverhampton, UK 01/02/2011 Member Since 2007

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    "Great book, horrible narration"

    Pushes all my favourite buttons...geeky, funny and thoroughly entertaining.

    I got the audiobook from Audible before I bought the hardback, and hated it - the reader they used has such a mechanical, robotic sounding voice and flat delivery that not an iota of humour survived, and it was so monotonous that I couldn't concentrate on it. However, I could tell there was a great book struggling to make itself heard so I bought the hard copy and I'm very glad I did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 18/02/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "My best audiobook purchase yet"

    Bought this book on a whim, based on another good review, and I wasn't dissapointed. This was a fantastically engrossing book, highly accessible and endlessy engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    StapleRemover 17/10/2016
    StapleRemover 17/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Stilted at first, gets better"

    The story is amazing but initially the narrator sounds very robot like. Footnotes don't help and break up the narrative. Eventually you warm to the voice. I even laughed out loud on occasions.

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    Swati 08/03/2016
    Swati 08/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story but a cynical narration"

    I struggled to finish it. mainly the cynical tone of the narrator was not palatable.

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    kelan 21/07/2015
    kelan 21/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "If you're interested in space and like QI this may be your thing"

    I wouldn't normally go for a non fiction audiobook but this book is well worth the break in the norm. It's full of facts and narrated excellently. If you're even glancingly interested in what's involved in space travel & if you like a multitude of interesting tidbits then this is the book for you.

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    gordon co.cork, Ireland 19/11/2011
    gordon co.cork, Ireland 19/11/2011 Member Since 2009

    Musician based in West Cork Ireland. Particular interest in WW2 history.

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    "My worst download yet!"

    I was looking forward to hearing this but sadly I found it annoying. It was not only the reader's delivery, as another reviewer mentioned, it was the writing. This woman seems obsessed with lavatorial issues and sex. This would be ok it it wasn't treated in such a 'nudge-nudge' schoolgirlish way.. Couldn't wait for it to be finished to be honest!

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    Janice 04/08/2011
    Janice 04/08/2011
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    "Packing for Mars"

    I waited for this book to come out for absolutely ages but was somewhat disappointed in the result - too much anticipation, I suppose. There was considerable research, all no doubt solid and reliable, but the author did rather harp on certain subjects to the point of irritation - enough already, move on, I've got the point! There were times, too, when I had to fast forward, such was the graphic nature of the content, but it was all in the interests of science so relevant to the subject matter. It is a little out of date, given the latest developments in space science, but might become a school text book at some stage in the future, now that the space shuttle has been moth-balled. All round, it was interesting, though the narrator's rather high pitched nasal voice began to grate after a while.

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    Ann 14/06/2011
    Ann 14/06/2011
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    "Yet another great book"

    I can't add much to the other reviews except to say the book manages to walk a fine line between technical explanations and funny stories, and does it brilliantly. It's the epitome of popular science, and very easy to listen to. I was quite surprised by the appearance of Sylvia Saint (well, the mention of her - she didn't agree to an interview) but am impressed by the author's dedication to finding out everything about the indignities of space flight. The one thing that did drive me a little bit mad was the constant 'note' interruption - I imagine this would have been just as irritating in the print version, but foot notes REALLY don't work well in audio form, not in the middle of chapters. Based on this title, I also read two more of her books and they maintain the same high standard.

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    bob 25/01/2016
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    "10/10 wud ign"

    it was so gud it wus sheet. so I change my mind 0/10 wud machinima

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