The author Mary Roach is amazing in her entertaining, as well as educational, explanation of the lives of cadavers. The subject matter seems like it would be depressing or gross, but she is able to deliver it with a light touch, while still maintaining the dignity and respect for the human body.
Shelly Frasier is delightful to listen to. She is clear and easy to understand and does an amazing job with Mary Roach's work.
This book was so gross, and yet I couldn't stop listening. It was very intriguing, and I loved the dry humor. I'm having a hard time finding another that is as good.
Good for a quick listen. Some interesting facts that I was unaware of. Overall gave it a 3.5.
Roach manages a very sensitive topic with so much care and ease. It is beautifully written and excellently read. The content is interesting, educational and thought-provoking. Very good.
Some parts, maybe. I was especially intrigued by cannibalism, plastination and grave robbery parts. There is so much more there than what seems to be.
Its hard to say - many interesting characters in there.
Fantastic - she does a great job of conveying the wry, tongue-in-cheek humor that is scattered around the book. I felt the entire time that she was speaking directly to me of her experience - and created a powerful effect. For that reason I was so effected to feel uncomfortable in some portions of the book.
Did not move me - but it did my insides. I am a scientist myself and have performed dissections of dead mammals and birds, but I felt queasy at times myself.
Not what I was hoping for - a bit clinical
This book is great for those who aren't squeamish and have given any thought at all to the bodies that have been donated for science (and other unusual uses). I am in a forensics program and have also worked on human cadavers, and I found it fascinating how almost every chapter had been touched upon throughout my studies, but the author gives it such a unique perspective and makes it truly engaging. Even in my field, I was still surprised to find out how many jobs a cadaver could do, and also the history and the difficulties in the past of obtaining human remains at all. If I didn't have so many other books I have been wanting to get to, I'd be in the midst of listening to this one again.
I really enjoyed listening to a subject I wasn't too sure would be that good. The story was very educational and humorous, although it might be dark humor at times. The reader was very, very good. I recommend it!
Interesting topic for a book, but terrible execution.
This book is really boring, and I really struggled to finish it. The one liners by the author are also flat out terrible. They aren't funny, occur every couple of paragraphs, and after a few chapters get really, really annoying.
Great Writing and Great Narration!
Mary Roach writes with such captivating style I loved this book but wow, Shelly Frasier narrates with personality and character ... on many occassions, I forgotten this was an audiobook, to me her narration was great and natural. Beforehand, I've read the book twice but the audiobook adds so much more to what I had previously read and I heard alot of new material I didn't really retain during my earlier readings. Lately, I've returned to this book and begun to reread it more thoroughly and there is a difference.
There are two things I've pro'd: Great Writing and Great Narration!
One, I enjoyed this book that I'm going to collect and read Mary R's series.
Two, Shelly Frasier is awesome and I'll definitely pick audiobooks narrated by her.
... Cons, to me there aren't any.