I kept waiting for the 'meat' in this book -- it is not in depth enough and written more as a coffee table book -- also the author should hire a better reader for her material.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Really don't listen to this while eating. And now I'm totally afraid to travel to anywhere south for fear of picking up a parasite, or to eat anywhere other than home and to be sure to cook my food thoroughly. Because with my luck I'll get a dreadful disease from a bug; Ms. Stewart happily points out. And if this isn't all enough, one would think at least think this an interesting book on bugs, but it really didn't hold my interest. It wasn't so much the content per se, I think. I felt as though it all moved along almost too quickly so that I wasn't able to take in what was being presented. Oh well.......
Fascinating from 8-80. Science at its most bizarre and how fun. You will never look at an ant or a grasshopper the same, again. I have all of the Wicked books and audibles. Every time I read or listen to one I learn something new.
Every chapter gave interesting stories about notable bugs. I loved hearing out they were discovered and what ailments/catastrophes they caused.
Absolutely! This is great for anyone that looks at the world with a "That's fascinating!" perspective. I'm looking forward to listening to more books by this author now.
It was a lot of fun to discover all the different insects and to better understand things I through I knew (I'm looking at you Brown Recluse). The insects, coupled with a story or two that highlights the creatures unique abilities was a great way to keep the curiosity flowing. It doesn't over complicate what is fundamentally interesting about the creatures and keeps things moving.
No. It would be better to get the book. Listening to short sections on different bugs one after another gets rather tiresome. The information however is not without value.
it would have had to be a completely different book, not a compendium of different insects.
Yes, pay more attention to bugs.
I love books like this. Each chapter gives you knowledge on a special thing. In this case various bugs. If you are spooked easily and do not like bugs in general this is not the book for you. If you can take stories about bugs though it is great. Thought you knew alot about some bugs you better read this book. The cockroach chapter was amazing.
I enjoyed her narration.
Yes. This is the type of book I love.
This book is well above average as an audiobook. Most of the bugs stories presented are interesting. Remember, though, that this book is more a reference than a tale.
It is similar to The Poisoner's Handbook as both cover many topics. The authors make efforts to include entertaining anecdotes throughout the books.
Coleen Marlo also narrates The Poisoner's Handbook. Her narration is remarkably expressive considering that she could just drone out descriptions. She did a really good job.
No one moment, but I did appreciate descriptions that included medical comments.
I am a long time audible user. I was looking forward to much more from this title. Since I have an interest in entomology, it serves as a distraction. But for the regular listener, I think they will get bored fairly quickly between the interesting tidbits of historical excitement offered. I seriously thought that the narration was by a digitized computer voice when I first hear it--very monotone. The voice would probably be okay for a PBS documentary which used it only in snippets, but does not add anything to a full length book.
Very good book. A close second to my favorite Amy Stewart book, "Wicked Plants". Coleen Marlo does her usual awesome job of keeping my attention...and giggling to myself. Very interesting, entertaining and informative.