Mary Roach's compilation on the lives of human cadavers is extremely interesting, and told with a humorous edge so as to not freak out the listener. I well done book!
Retired military. Spend my time just listening to books, when i cant handle reading.
It really is interesting and funny, and nauseatingly gross.
I don't know any other book like this.
I was nauseatingly cheerful while listening to this book
I would recommend this to any youth that is thinking seriously about a medical career.
I love audio books, fiction and nonfiction. I seem to be drawn to the Scandinavian writers and their narrators.
In the nonfiction category somewhere in the middle.
Shelly informs some of the passages with humor by her vocal timings and inflections.
It was very informative and highlighted some misconceptions I had about the subject matter.
I wasn't sure about buying this book when I read some of the previous reviews, but I liked it and will definitely recommended.
An interesting look at what happens with the body after death. Presented in a straight-forward manner, not skipping on details but not purposely gory or morbid. This book explores thinks like being donated to science, the embalming process and a general overview of the processes a body goes through. The author throws in bits of her own thinking along the way, acknowledging the touchy and sometimes squeamish subject matter at hand with wit and sometimes skepticism. You will have a chuckle or two with her along the way. Overall, a very enjoyable way to become informed on the unusual topic of the body after.
Sort of a textbook, but the kind that is interesting and not too stiff (no pun intended). Due to the educational matter and how it is formatted into specific sections, leading and building upon one another.
You get a sense of camaraderie and understanding when she expresses discomfort or a sense of just being weirded out by some of the subject matter. It makes your average Joe feel that he is not alone in his discomfort with some of the material presented in this book.
The Life of a Stiff
This book was very informative and very interesting with quite a lot of humor.
This was my first but definetly not my last.
Choices we have after death and how lucky we are to live in such a time with the advances of medicine. In part because of cadavers.
This book is one of my favorite listens. It is very well performed and the author put in so much time she invested and all of the things she saw, smelled, and listened. I have recommended this book to my family and friends.
No. Her taste runs a bit dark for me. Too graphic for my over-imagination and weak stomach.
The power of one.
The narrator was good and her writing style was very descriptive
I didn't make it far into this book. Only about 20 minutes. It was fun and witty and I was enjoying myself until she began describing the chopped cadaver heads in roasting pans
Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
What a waste of a really terrific narrator, and some wry, very funny humor on the part of the author. This book will literally make you feel sick, and that's coming from a criminologist with a pretty strong stomach. The worst part, though, is about halfway through, when she shifts her attention (why?) to medical research featuring live animals rather than cadavers . . . and describes the things done to them in graphic, horrible detail. This isn't brief, and I couldn't get through it (finally wondering why I was even trying).
Only audible book I haven't finished, ever. It's sad, because Roach is freaking funny, and Frasier's narration is just dead pan-perfect for the humor. The gore, and finally, the animal stuff, was just too much for me.
Loved the narrator, but the production was not top quality..
The idea of med students holding a memorial service for their dissection cadavers.
This is not a book of characters - just Mary, the researcher, and the stiffs.
Yes, but went well in intervals too
Made a very good job of what what might be considered a very sensitive subject.
I expected something slightly different, but then again how would I know what to expect from this. It covered a lot of areas and topics and not just about what happens to your body right after you pass. What they do with donated bodies was interesting and a big part of the story. But it really helped my perspective on this topic and gave me a better knowledge base. It has some typical filler and conversation within, but I think the author did the work required to investigate the subject well, and its appreciated. If you're interested, then go ahead and get it. It will be enlightening.