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 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!
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.
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.