Not to have bothered writing it
Not a story at all
perhaps to a nercophiliac
Gruesome, of interest to philovampires only. A waste of time and money
Informative, funny, gross
The diversity of the subject matter and the balance given to the aspects.
The interview, through an interprater, of a Chinese crematorium manager.
No, it is easily broken up.
probably not, so turned off by the irreverent tone of this one
totally turned off
was looking for new information on a topic that is not discussed that much and disappointed to find the tone so irreverant.
This book, obviously, covers a gruesome topic, but it is written with a dry, witty tone that actually adds humor to what isn't a humorous topic. The narrator is excellent, and, if you can get past the grossness of the subject matter, the information is fascinating.
Avid reader/listener. I work in/study Design Research at post-graduate level. I crochet, I'm a production potter, and I cook allergen free
No, and I say this mainly because the quality of the recording is SO poor it makes it difficult to listen to. The background static and crackly quality make the high end white noise click in and out with the voice and it actually hurts your ears to listen to it in some places.
Her voice is actually quite nice once you get past the horrible recording, so yes. I say this with the caveat that I would listen to a sample to ensure the recording itself was better than this one.
Diego Rivera's (the artist) cannibalism.
Perhaps a better vetting of the recordings' qualities?
not much. That will take a few re-listenings.
not sure! so many out there....maybe
fun, however dark read!!!
A good and interesting listen. Provoked thought, stimulated suspicion and often left you jaw-dropped.
Entertaining and informative. Called up memories of gross anatomy lab from med school many years ago. We did treat our donated cadavers with much respect and gratitude for their contribution. Even though much of the material was already familiar to me, I still learned a good bit. Ms. Roach did a good job of covering a broad topic. If you are endowed with general curiosity and not squeamish, this is a good listen.
The first part of the book was great. It then took a bizarre turn for several chapters. It ended well, but those odd chapters kind of spoiled it for me.
I really enjoyed Mary Roach's more recent book, "Packing for Mars." Roach's shtick seems to be pick a subject that the public has a fascination with, and go write a book about it by interviewing various professionals and asking embarrassing questions. It's not clear whether Roach really is as annoying while interviewing people as she seems to be, or if this is just a little narrative embellishment for the sake of making the book more entertaining, but she seems to revel in making people regret they agreed to talk to her. Especially priests and mortuary directors.
So, you can't get much more irreverent than writing a pop science book about corpses. In about a dozen chapters, Stiff covers the history and science of, well, dead bodies. Decomposition, putrefaction, mummification, decapitation, embalming, cremation, organ removal, it's all here. Also, cannibalism, cadavers used as crash test dummies and for studying bullet and explosives injuries, and where the corpses and skeletons used in medical schools come from.
The disposition of dead bodies has been guided for centuries by religious and cultural practices, often based on irrational superstitions or misguided scientific notions, and persists to this day. One wishes everyone could be as flippant about human remains after they've been reduced merely to meat as Mary Roach is, though I'm not sure I'd want her anywhere near my corpse. But this is a pretty interesting book, although if you have a low tolerance for gore and grue, you probably shouldn't read it while eating. Also, if you're one of those people who thinks death is very, very serious and dead bodies shouldn't be joked about, well, the title should warn you that this isn't a book that treats the subject with any degree of solemnity. On the other hand, if you've ever wondered how you'd like your remains disposed of, this book will give you plenty of ideas!