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.
I have just finished listening to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author has a dry wit that often made me laugh at loud, but she is never disrespectful. Who knew cadavers played so many roles? I am very keen to read Mary Roach's other books.
The narration is also excellent - I love Shelly Frasier's voice and will seek out more books read by her.
As to what happens to my body after death? I was not put off by anything in this book - as the author says, "there is no dignified way to go," and will tell my family to make the best use of me they can, insofar as it fits within their comfort zone. After all, they are the ones who have to live with it.
much to my surprise, i enjoyed this book. i found myself laughing out loud at times. well written thank you. maybe it is my medical background is the reason it appealed to me janet sparks
The topic, research and writing of the book all seem pretty strong. The audiobook itself had several problems. If you look at the actual written work, you'll find that many of the funniest and most memorable bits are footnotes at the bottom of the page. These do not translate well to being read aloud as they make the reading seem disjointed. It's as if the reader just abruptly changes topic mid-paragraph and resumes after an occasionally lengthy digression. Also, the reader mispronounces virtually every medical word she encounters. If you're not in the medical or scientific world, this might not bother you. But, I am and it did. Bottom line: if you can, read this one rather than listen to it.
This was a fascinating look into what happens when you die. It's super funny, witty and kept me interested the whole time. I didn't want it to end. I'm about to buy her other books.
loved this book, so interesting, well written and very well read,, loved it, looking for more of Mary Roach books
This seemed a little odd at first but was a great read with tons of humorous and historical information. The best audio book I've heard because it was read so well by the author and the topic was both interesting and funny and sometimes a little shocking.
Great read about the life of a cadever. Spirited narration that helped ease the pain of listening to the more "icky" elements of the story.
It certainly kept my interest... I have rather weird interests. FAR SIDE is my favorite comic, so that kind of tells ya.
I was disappointed when it ended... I wanted more!!!
Sort of textbook material. Very interesting the different uses for "stiffs". Many subjects very disturbing, but definitely interesting.