I thought I was just being snobby when I stopped listening to this book after an hour. I could not stand the narrator. Audible, please, don't ever use her again. She literally ruined this book. Like many others here, I will read this book in print. There's no way I could listen to another hour of this narration.
Any of Mary Roach's books
I didn't realize the narrator was not the author until after I finished the book. She very convincingly made the words her own.
No. Sometimes the chapters felt fluffed, with a lot of information that was not necessary.
I did enjoy the book and the narrator, but I liked it less than some of Mary Roach's other books.
I LIKE BOOK TALKY TALK
REALLY RATHER INTERESTING
MARY ROACH BE A FUNNY LADY
I RATHER ENJOYED ALL OF HER VOICES, ALL WERE UNIQUE AND INSPIRED. MARY BEING THE MAIN CHARACTER OF COURSE ENDED UP BEING MY FAVORITE..
NO NOT REALLY
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. I LOVE ME SOME MARY ROOOOACH
A decent narrator that doesn't engage in cheesy dramatics (and terrible, unneeded accents). I could not finish the book as the awful reading was too distracting. It actually made me cringe, partly because it was bad and partly out of embarrassment for the narrator. She reads the book like a high school girl engaging in empty gossip.
No, but I will check that this narrator is not the reader for anything else I buy. I wish I had listened to a sample beforehand.
Whoever was the narrator for Roach's previous book, Stiff.
I don't know, because I couldn't get through the book due to the terrible narrator.
I wish I had checked who the narrator was and listened to a sample before I purchased the book. I may check the book out of the library in print to finish it.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I am working my way through everything Mrs. Roach has written and without exception her work is incredible. Here she approaches the afterlife (reincarnation, out of body experiences, psychics, mediums) with a sense of profound wonder and scientific curiosity. What separates her writing on the subject is her open minded approach to the subject matter. She is never callous and never cynical; she genuinely wants to know what's out there after death. On top of the scope of this book and its intrigue, there is her wonderful sense of humor which keeps the topic of death very light and fun.
First she follows a scientist who researches reincarnation in India, then she's off to history where serious scholars debated when the soul enters the body, then she's on to psychics and ectoplasm and how such acts were faked. Near the end she visits operating rooms, trying to understand out of body experiences. With each encounter she exams the evidence, and the lack thereof, and tries to draw reasonable conclusions. Naturally, there is no way she can prove anything. This book is about the journey. And what a journey.
Of particular interest is the time she enrolls in a British course that promises to teach her how to become a medium to the spiritual world. After that she goes back to America and tape records the site of the Donnor Party's disaster with several devices and listens to the static, trying to pick up voices. It's funny and wonderful to hear about these experiences.
And standing out here is the narrator. She is passionate and enthused about the material and brings her own sense of comedy to the proceedings. Really, Bernadette Quigley is a gem!
Get this book. Now. Right now. Why are you still reading? But be warned, you will end up spending all your future credits on the rest of Mary Roach's books (Stiff, Bonk, and Packing For Mars) and enjoying yourself the whole way!
It's science and history told in an engaging fashion
The stories about ectoplasm were a hoot.
She has a great and subtle range of emotions
It made me curious for more. I found myself browsing the internet many times.
She makes science and history fun.
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.