I've listened to Stiff by Mary Roach and very much enjoyed it. I was expecting much more from Gulp. I thought it would cover the most recent research and exciting discoveries relating to the Alimentary Canal. Instead it covered what one would expect from the freak show at a state fair. Most of the stories were from very long ago and I guess were selected for their sensational value. It was not what I was hoping it would be.
I love yoga. I love cooking healthy, organic, natural, delicious food. I love reading, writing, traveling. But more than anything, I love laughing and cuddling with my Michael and our pup.
This was my first Mary Roach book and I have to say, I love her witty, comical nonfiction writing style. The content is certainly quirky and likely wouldn’t hold the attention of the average reader, but I love science oddities and trivial facts, so I certainly enjoyed this book (disclaimer, it’s not all trivial). I also quite enjoyed the links between science and culture that are woven throughout. It’s a quick and fascinating read that will have you laughing out loud at times. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys science-based nonfiction—not to worry though, it’s nothing like reading a textbook!
There are a few valuable insights in this book. I did learn *something* about the way that digestion works.
But really, the book is written for a reader who does not want much depth in the subject, but who would like to hear about the peculiarities of past researchers and the peculiarities of animal digestive tracts, punctuated by tidbits of understanding.
I won't return the book. But I would have liked to know how shallow it was prior to my purchase.
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Mary Roach has a real talent for taking subjects no one talks about and asking - and then answering - every single question anyone could ever ask. Her style is easy and conversational, and you can tell she's genuinely interested in all her subjects.
All her books educate and entertain, and this one is no exception.
Mary Roach does it again with her fascinating study of all things related to the gastrointestinal tract. ALL THINGS. If nothing else, Mary Roach is thorough. You may learn things you never wanted to know. I like her presentation and appreciate her humor. Roach presents historical and scientific facts in a way that makes it all very interesting.
I truly enjoy Ms. Roach's writing. I learn something, I giggle (bovine malfeasance!) and truly enjoy my morning commute. She tackles icky subjects with a sense of humor, and makes a boring subject something to enjoy. Thanks, Mary! That part about Elvis was news to me!
This is such an interesting book. A messy subject written in a light and interesting hand. But beware! It is not one for those who have a delicate stomach. Some of the historical animal research was difficult to know about although it was put in the book to support ideas and not for shock value,
I've read all of Mary's books which are hysterical! However, I just could not listen to this one! Can't decide if it was narrator or what but I'll have to buy the hard copy and give it a try. Could not keep my attention!
Only to read, not listen
Didn't have the comedic timing right - Mary's book have a lot of humor - has to be delivered properly.
disappointment big time. I love her books
As always, Mary Roach did her research and provided some very interesting information, but it wasn't her best work. It did not have the humor and bite that are characteristic of her books.
The narrator gave each scientist interviewed a different accent, and it was distracting at best. I hated the narration so much that I would never recommend the audiobook. Get it in print, or as an ebook, instead.
I love Mary Roach,and this installment is no exception. Though not as good as Stiff, it's still both interesting and amusing (and much better than Bonk). From the tongue to the anus, it's an fun trip, though there are a few areas that are definitely not for the squeamish. I wasn't really thrilled with the narrator - she was fine, but she really didn't add a lot to the text. Maybe that's a factor of a non-fiction book, as opposed to a novel filled with characterizations.