Informative, funny, touching.
Mary Roach treats a subject that's at best unsettling and at worst taboo with both reverent respect and candid humor. Though founded on thorough research, Stiff never comes across as heady or academic.
I think for me the most interesting scene involved efforts to recreate crucifixion using human cadavers. There's something paradoxical and strange about this on many levels.
Death in the United States is defined as brain death, so there are dozens of
Shelly Frasier's reading of Stiff was solid enough--ugh, forgive the pun--but the recording quality suffered from a fair bit of static, punctuated by pauses of perfect silence, presumably in between takes. If not for these problems I'd have given Stiff a perfect score.
It answered a lot of questions for me about whether I wanted to be an organ donor or not.
Getting the odor of the cadavor out of the author's boots.
There were a lot of light and funny things that she brought to life.
It made me realize all the ways a body could be used by science. I wasn't comfortable thinking of these things before and now I realize I over thought things before that were not important.
It was entaining and informative.
This was an intriguing, surprising, and oddly funny book. It was well performed by Shelly Frasier, and was so much more than just a factual or scientific book. Mary Roach really wrote in her experience which made it an engaging listen for her readers. I enjoyed this very much!!
I loved the way the Author was unapologetic about her interest in Human Cadavers.Her matter of fact approach made the subject matter a little easier to, um, digest.I learned a lot about a subject matter one hardly ever thinks about. I mean, human composting??? Really?? Yes, really!
The way the author was able to make a taboo subject tasteful and at times, hilarious!!
Perhaps not for the squeamish, but then again I do not have the strongest stomach, and was able to handle it!
I bought this book for $4.95 after reading the synopsis. It was much better than I expected, and well read. I've since passed it on to others. Thanks Audible!
Mary Roach asks all of the questions that I would ask and gets the answers! It's very satisfying for someone with a lot of curiosity and not a lot of squeamishness!
Roach has a wonderfully dry, witty tone to her writing, and that is perfectly interpreted by the seen-it-all delivery of the narrator. My only quibble is the narrator's repeated mispronunciation of
I haven't heard her before this, but I'll look forward to more.
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was entertaining, enlightening, and full of all kinds of fun facts that sent my squeamish husband running for cover! It certainly appealed to my morbid curiosity! The narrator did a fantastic job reading the book with a sense of humor where appropriate. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about what happens behind the scenes to make our lives more comfortable and safe.
I enjoyed the care and respect she brought to a sensitive topic while adding humor in appropiate places.
I really enjoyed this book. I love her sense of humor concering the topics. It really had me wanting more.