Like other reviewers, I have never written a review until this one, feeling compelled to warn others away from the audiobook presentation here.
The narrator reads in a ridiculous, campy, over-dramatic style, as if reading to pre-teens about Ramona Quimby or Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
When ending a paragraph where the author is dubious, I was almost expecting some sort of "wah wah waaaaaaaaah" sound effect to accompany my mental 'quick tight-zoom facial expression' akin to something seen on Laugh-In.
The narrator hams it up with teeth-gnashingly atrocious Indian accents (when speaking for Indians the author encounters along her journey) and completely TERRIBLE interpretation of the book and subject matter, I wish I could have my credit back.
I would much rather have read this in print. STAY AWAY from this audiobook presentation. TRUST ME. It is really REALLY bad.
If you want to hear someone tell an amazing story and do accents the right way, try David Sedaris.
I love Mary Roach. I hate this snarky, superior, judgmental narrator. She absolutely ruined this book for me.
This might have been the worst purchase I have made yet from Audible. I'd give it negative stars if that were possible. I still like the idea of the book and maybe it would have been a better "read" in print - perhaps it just didn't translate well into the spoken format. The horrendous narrator didn't help either (is there anything more annoying that an American trying to fake an India accent?). I'd love to ask for my credit back, but it died like everything else associated with this horrendioma. Save your credit, save your ears, save yourself and don't buy this audiobook.
This book was mildly interesting. The narrator seemed to be making a great effort to sound "ironic" or something. That was grating at times, but for the most part this wasn't a bad book at all. Not bad, but not good either.
Also, it seemed as though the first half was devoted almost exclusively to reincarnation, which wasn't quite what I expected. Oddly enough, that was probably the best part.
I really enjoyed Bonk, though, so I'll likely give Stiff a chance still.
Mary Roach has outdone herself again blending copious amounts of science with her unique outlook and humor which keeps even the most daydreaming readers engaged with the subject matter. Her skepticism sneaks in between the lines, and the frustration of lack of evidence annoys, but she teaches wonderfully, and with vivid description so that the reader feels he has seen the afterlife with his own eyes. Thank you Mary, I couldn't put it down, finished in less than a day; its that good
None, all Mary Roach did was call out science facts and getting totally off the point. The whole book isn't actually about anything.
I like to read or listen whichever the case may be.
I'm afraid this was not as good as stiff, but still quite informative.
I believe the subject matter wasn't as interesting as one might think.
Mary Roach is excellent
The narrator who performed on stiff was excellent.
Who thought this gimmicky reading as if reading to preschoolers was a good idea? Chapter 1 and you are subjected to an accent impersonation that borders on stereotyping and racism. NOT thrilled at all. I've always heard good things about Mary Roach, but this narration is so off-putting.
Complete lack of interest.
I love the idea of this subject matter. I couldn't believe just how very dry and uninteresting this writer managed to make this subject. A total waste of over 8 hours.
I'm a high school forensic science teacher, aspiring epidemiologist, cat lover, do-it-yourself-er and wife.
I listened to the book on several long drives. Each chapter had a theme and that made it easy to stop and start with each trip.
I enjoyed hearing about some of the experiments that were performed in order to try and determine whether or not a soul exists.
One of the chapters references a rumor about a husband and wife medium team that worked together. The husband always insisted to sit next to his wife during the ceremonies, apparently so that he could help with some very interesting props.
No. It was nice to space it out.