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What disappointed you about Leaving Orbit?
Boring, lengthy story of her personal experiences watching shuttle launches, mostly. Waited and waited for her to speak to her thesis of what America's temporarily leaving space really means for us, our children, and our future. She occasionally obliquely referred to this, but the narrative is bogged down with minutuae of, for example, what people were wearing at launches, even a disgusting reference to a photographer's sweaty armpits - I kid you not! In the final moments she asks the question, "what does it mean?" But instead of giving expert, insightful thoughts from knowledgeable people on this, she just leaves the question at the very end. Oops, spoiler alert :) Don't waste your time with this fluff.
Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Lazarus Dean again?
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Well, since the story is just her personal experiences, replete with way too much information and details of her personal life, I guess a lilting narration is appropriate.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, boredom, and anger that I wasted so much time. I almost quit it about half way through but thought some insightful observations must be just "around the corner." Never came.
Any additional comments?
I am an avid space buff, collector, and grew up with the program. This treatment is a a disgrace.