She managed to make a fascinating subject boring, presenting the informatiion in a poorly ortanized order. She additionally misinforms the reader that oxytocin is the hormone that causes feelings of joy. Oxytocin is the interpersonal bonding hormone that induces a calm sense of wellbeing. Dopamine is more closely related to elation.
That it lacked intellectual integrity. A prestigious neurologist had angrily criticized her implication that bodies are kept functioning so that their organs may be harvested fresh, in her book "Stiff", so I became wary of her assertions. He was so outraged that he considered exposing her for her lack of integrity. She place fast and loose with knowledge, and facts , in the name of entertainmen-- but in a way that makes me doubt her intelligence.
I don't like her voice. Roach should stick with one narrator to give her text a standardized aural voice.
It seemed to be thoroughly researched, save for the fact that Roach's "research" is unreliable and slanted.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
but this book didn't really do much for me. Others may find the subject matter more appealing than I did and find the book engaging. For some reason the subject didn't work for me.
Audiobook & podcast Junkie. I'm that annoying person who you see wearing earbuds 24/7.
I've listened to this one and "Gulp" several times. Mary is a great storyteller that also makes you look at the world differently.
I got through Bonk pretty quickly. I also have gone back and listened to parts over again.
Mrs. Roach focuses her keen eye to a subject that often makes people uncomfortable. She offers various points of view and many salient facts from some of the best research on the subject of sex that is available to date. The only criticism that I have is that Ms. Roach insert way too many little asides and comments meant to be amusing, but are simply distracting. it is as if Ms. Roach is, herself, self-conscious and embarrassed by the subject matter. I contrast this book with another of her books, "Stiff.." which was slicker and still injected humor, but of a less self-conscious nature. The performance was spot-on and is enjoyable...
The wither is funny in places but I found myself cringing more than laughing, sorry for the people she shames and ridicules.
Editor at large!
You don't know how much you don't know about human sexuality! I'm sure there will be novel information for any reader, even the sexperts among us. Mary Roach is adept at making technical and scientific information easily understood by the layperson without talking down to her audience. I love reading her books because I learn so much about everyday topics that I didn't know before (and I work in STEM publishing so I come across a lot of research). Read this book and you'll learn more about your body, your sexuality, differences between men's and women's bodies and sexuality, Homo sapiens' sexuality in general, as well as the sexuality of a few other animals. And, last but certainly not least, there is SO much fascinating information about orgasms!
Loved the book, entertaining & Informative. A must read. I will pass this on to my adult children so they may have a greater understanding & enjoyment of sex.
Strangely, this story flattened sex. I guess this is because the entire story told deals mainly with mechanics rather than emotions. An emotional story of sex would appeal to me much more.
The readers tone, ironic I guess, merely flattened the material even more. A serious study of the researchers, their studies in historical context, and insight into their motivations would have been better. We are strange, multifaceted creatures, always fascinating to ourselves.
Mary Roach excels again in bringing taboo subject matter to light in a desperately funny, sometimes sarcastic, and meticulously thorough examination of sex. Where else can you find a chapter on penis attachment titled "Remember Me"? Don't listen to the comments about Sandra Burr's narration. Her dry tone accentuates Roach's humor perfectly, and emphasizes but does not overshadow the punchlines as they are written.
I will absolutely read this book - it sounds awesome. But I cannot listen to her voice for more than 10 seconds. So boring!