Mary Roach demonstrates a curiosity for all things unusual, and her investigations in "Bonk" are both candid and amusing. Although the book wanders a bit, Roach's self-deprecating style and great sense of humor keep the reading light, and her questions are consistent with those anyone might ask about how a scientist investigates "the act"...albeit with a red face.
In Mythbuster's style, Roach's self-guided inquiries into how sex and research meet are only slightly scientific, but almost always thoroughly amusing. Be prepared for candid discussions that may not be well-received in car full of kids (or neighbors).
Although one can't answer specific questions by using "Bonk" as a reference, the book does answer a great many questions that may have never been asked ....in the first place.
Well written and easy to read (hear).
EveLynn in Kissimmee
Great insight into the Science of Sex and where the two meet!! As a sexual energy professional, I found this an amazing resource to explain many things that I experience in my work.
Good stuff -
the writer and reader, I am a scientist and love Mary's sense of humor and irony (mice in polyester pants?)
This book and stiff took everything I love, humor, science and great research. These books should be given to classes (higherlevel).
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I wish all roundups of the current state of research in a particular field were as enthusiastic and entertaining as this one. Roach does a terrific job of exploring the history of sexual research as well as investigating the ongoing activity. It's important to remember that her focus is on the scientific study of sex; her exposition is restricted to what has been studied. And what has been studied has been somewhat limited due to cultural factors such as attitudes about sex and the proper scope of scientific inquiry and the kind of people drawn to science and those willing to push the envelope. All these factors are explored in Roach's book. There is a certain irony that a subject of such universal interest to the human race should be so poorly documented from a scientific perspective, but we seem to be working hard to rectify that in recent times. That said, those limitations have not prevented Roach from coming up with a plethora of interesting scientfic (and not-so-scientific) attempts to investigate sex.
There was a lot of information, well presented, and funny.
Some of the details were amazing, gross, fantastic, sad - all the more so because they are true. I love Mary Roach books because of this.
What a kick! We are given details on studies, by professionals, who are trying to discover what makes us tick at the most intimate level...our sexuality. The writing is done with humor, without being ribald, and one does come away illuminated. The amazing part; the lengths to which "they" go in the discovery process.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
I read and enjoyed "Stiff" (Roach's very interesting and funny book on death and cadavers) and was fascinated to see how she would approach the topic of sex. I'm afraid that Roach's quirky sense of humor wasn't up to the task.
Do not look for this book to be remotely titillating - it's pretty clinical, and even drier than "Stiff" was.
I must say her husband is a real trooper to even help his wife with her research. I did learn some, but overall it wasn't that interesting to me.
Mary Roach has written a funny, awkward and very informative review of the scientific studies regarding sex. This is a very very well-rounded review and it will keep you listening and wondering.
I rolled on the floor, and snickered into my coffee. I gigged as I played sections for friends.
This book is both educating and entertaining. It can be your own private joke or one of the best conversation starters I've ever used. If your worried about it though don't tell your mother.
I can't say I've read its equal, Mrs Roach's style is unique and her take on the subject matter as an outsider looking in to this particular research world is what makes it so enjoyable.
Moved I can not say, BUT it did answer that age old question everyone asks at some time in their life. SPOILERS The average man is 5 to 7 when erect.
You as a potential listener, or reader, need to be comfortable with the subject matter, and remember its intended to be funny.