I am a HUGE Mary Roach fan, therefore I decided not to listen to everyone else and get this book anyway. Well, the narrator was not my favorite, but really the book was the problem. Not her finest work. I will still listen to her next book all her others were informative and humorous!
Just had to chip in with the rest to warn people off this one. I've listened to three other Roach books on audible and found them all light but enjoyable. I remember having to warm up to the narrator on "Bonk" but ended up quite enjoying her. This narrator is truly awful - hamming it up the entire time. The content is overpowered by the performance. The narration is so off putting that it's impossible for me to judge the book itself in comparison to the others by Roach I've listened to. Do yourself a favour and either read this one in paper format or skip it all together.
Enjoyed the humor very much. Thought provoking. Recommend it highly even though it seems "dark" in nature. (I am NOT a dark person by ANY stretch of the imagination but things that make you think beyond what you know it excellent mental exercise!
I thoroughly agree with what everyone else has written: the narrator viciously murders this book. I just wanted to point out one thing I think the others miss, that the other three Mary Roach books, narrated by two other women, are all excellent listens. Roach is a great, fun writer. This was her second book and though probably the weakest, it's still worth a read, just not a listen. Definitely check out the other three audiobooks though.
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.
This listen was so boring! This author wrote mainly about who found what scientific evidence about the human soul and how they came about with their hypothesis. You could go to any library regarding this subject and see who wrote these books yourself. All you listened to was about who did what tests and what they found through mostly the entire book. If I could have I wouldn't of even given this listen even a 1 star rating. WHAT A WASTE OF A PERFECTLY GOOD BOOK CREDIT!
The content was just uninteresting. I have read around this topic for years now. Roach presents nothing new and unfortunately fails to add the intelligent commentary that I was expecting.
Far worse however was the narration. Honestly! What is wrong with her voice? Did anyone listen to this recording before publishing it? Why does she feel the need to over-dramatise nonfictional quotes and make them all sound stupid and implausible. Whether scientists or spiritual mediums, it is not for the narrator to make judgements on their credibility.
I really enjoyed Mary Roach's "Stiff" narrated by Shelly Frasier, so this was a huge disappointment. Not sure now whether to try another of her books.
I love listening to Bonk, Gulp and Stiff. They were excellent and fun to listen too. Spook just didn't grab me.
The narration was horrible. I found myself implorring the narrator out loud to just read the book and stop adding her horrible fake accents.
Shelly Frasier, the narrator who read Stiff did a fantastic job
The content of the book was great, what was written by Mary Roach was interesting and witty and I would have really enjoyed it if the narration hadn't been so distractingly horrible.
I look forward to listening to more of Mary Roach's work, read by anyone else.
Partly, I was disappointed in the reader. I found her rendition too over-done for what I imagine to be Mary Roach's dry, tongue-in-cheek humor. I also found the topic to be less interesting than I expected, although the ending was quite a surprise. I guess most of the scientific findings about topics related to the afterlife are exactly what I would expect. I am looking forward to more of Roach's books though.