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).
Time well spent if you can stay awake. Well written and witty but read like a textbook. At first I wondered if I was listening to a computer generated reading of the book- to bad because the author attempts to make a point about the problems of scientifically studying sex, but the monotone loses all the small jokes and made me feel like I was in a science class instead of listening to research on an interesting subject.
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.
Probably one of the funniest and most disturbing books I've ever read. Some of the research she describes is beyond absurd. Some of the technology and techniques are fascinating. I don't think I learned all that much, but I had such a good time doing it. Some things can cause some visceral reactions, particularly for men, so be warned
Ms. Roach's constant struggle for humor dilutes the research and is really bad comedy. It's an inherently interesting and funny subject, so it is hard to make it an annoyance, but she and the narrator manage it.