I am so glad I got this book! The title/topic drew me in first...then it was the sample...then the reviews...I couldn't resist. I make a 9 hour car trip from Buffalo, NY to Ocean City, MD to visit my mother and this book kept me wide awake and totally interested! I never thought there was so much to learn about the human body after death. This book is not gross or gruesome but rather informative and interesting. I would recommend this book hands down!
Reader & all-around literate person
I loved this book--the combination of the gruesome subject matter with the author's dry wit was consistently entertaining. I enjoyed the reader's voice, but I have to say the mispronunciations jarred--not just of the occasional scientific term, but things like repeatedly saying "cavalry" instead of "Calvary" in the chapter on the Shroud of Turin. This is the second Audible book I've listened to that covered a somewhat technical subject, and the other one had significant errors as well--it's making me wonder about the QA process at Audible.
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Stiff was very interesting.
I expected the book to be a little bit more like a whodunnit and we would follow around an Medical Examiner who would solve cases of death by using science. If this is what you are hoping for from this book, you won't get it here.
This audiobook is very, very much non-fiction. The author walks us through various uses of how a human body are used after death. Its packed full of interesting information, but its not very entertaining. Though very factful, it can get quite heavy, and obviously morbid at times and was not what I am looking for in a audiobook at the moment.
The narrative voice is very nice but sometimes can be a little monotone. This could be because of the topic.
I would recommend this book to a friend who enjoys non-fiction, factful, informative, biology and scientific books.
I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who likes plot lines, twist, character development, there isnt really a story here.
I really enjoyed listening to this book; Shelly Frasier is a wonderful narrator and I think the book was written very well! This book gives a tremendous amount of information about what happens to a body after death... while keeping it as light as possible~ a few parts even made me laugh out loud. I also liked the ending very much, it gives a person, religious or not, something to think about for what loved ones should do with us once we are "gone". I would suggest this book to anyone who can stomach talk about anatomy and is interested in what happens after death.
Although, in general, I really enjoyed this book, I just can't give it 5 stars. After her first couple of attempts at humor, I found myself rolling my eyes with subsequent attempts; and I do have a great sense of humor. Her's was too predictable and not necessary. I also would have preferred that the author wrote with a neutral political/religious bent. I did not like the narrator's tone at all. Finally, and this may be due to the narrator's intonation, I sensed that the author was a bit haughty in her work. That being said, I still think the book is worth listening to.
I'm listening to Stiff for a second time. There is so much to learn here. Its got touches of humor but its respectful. The narrator does an amazing job. You would think since we are all going to die that this wouldn't be such a taboo subject. By the time I was half way through it I had gotten over my slight discomfort with the info. Hated for it to end!
I never write reviews, but this one had to be written. This book has made me interested in everything Mary Roach! I laughed out loud so many times, even though the book is based on a touchy subject! It is informative and fun! The narrator is perfect for the book! Love, Love, Loved it!
This book was recommended to me by a friend a while back, and when I found it here on sale I jumped at the opportunity. I didn't regret it - it was both interesting and funny, and the narrator did a good job. As someone else mentioned foreign words/names aren't pronounciated very well, but honestly.. what can you expect from native English speakers? Most aren't known for their language skills, and so most listeners won't care.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
This book has a lot of interesting facts about how science and society used cadavers to help us progress in society. The only really negative thing I have to say about the book is that there is a chapter in the book that discusses cadavers and body parts as confections, cannibal food and medications. That chapter was a little hard to "swallow." I actually almost gagged and I used to be an EMT. Other than that chapter, the book was pretty interesting overall.
Mary Roach's Stiff is a romp through places most of us would rather not go. She is wry, self deprecating and totally unable to pass up a sexual reference, but overall quite respectful, quite educational and damn entertaining.
I recommend this book both for the content and the excellent narration.