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Would you listen to Mars Rover Curiosity again? Why?
I've been interested in space exploration since I saw the first moon landing at the age of about seven. I'm fascinated by the technical challenges, and the nuts and bolts of making a mission like this happen. I will be keeping this book and re-listening, for certain.
What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s performance?
Careful but dull. Everything is pronounced correctly, the pacing works well for me, and there are no major flaws that I can detect. Occasionally he places the emphasis strangely in a sentence - or at least, differently to how I would read it. But my main complaint is that for a topic that excites me, it's a very flat emotionless presentation. This is a story of how an amazing event was planned and achieved; the reading should be as interesting as the material.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Absolutely. I wanted to stay up all night listening to it.
Any additional comments?
Perhaps I am a little biased in my expectations, having heard an interview with Bob Manning before I bought the book. I would have loved to have heard it read by him.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Good chronological overview. Right amount of technical info for a "non-technical" person like myself. Wasn't quite as inspiring as other space related audibles I have listened to, but seems to be intended to be more factual.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this one. I read a lot about Curiosity and I also attended seminars with speakers that work on it. And still, I've learned so much from this book that it makes me happy that I lived to see this great achievement.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Listen to on and off for a week but could have completed it quicker. I never realised how much skill and innovation went in to getting curiosity on Mars.
I recommend this book for systems engineer or anyone seeking a technical and political insight into the workings of a NASA mission. It is so refreshing to gain an honest "warts and all" account from the chief engineer of mars missions. Great read.
A good listen and makes you appreciate how hard space travel is. Great value.
I recommend this audible book to everyone