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Jani

Geneseo, NY, USA

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  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (774)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff""
    Overall

    Mary Roach certainly does her homework and the book covers in great detail the scientific (and not so scientific) explorations of sexuality. It starts a out bit slower than did "Stiff" and I found parts of it throughout read a bit slower as well. It is still worth the read (or listen). No matter what, you will come away knowing much more about the search and research behind orgasms, sexual theories and practice, and gender issues in general. I appreciate the interjection of humor throughout. This book is definitely not for the modest or frail (reading about humans masturbating monkeys and pigs had me sitting a bit on edge) but the author still comes away with a scientific view point and keeps focused on the major topics covered. For a biologist I did find it very informative and not in the least dry! Overall I would recommend it to anyone (except maybe those under the age of 15).

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

    Lori says: "Not For Everyone"
    "sooooo slooooowwwwww!"
    Overall

    This book was beautifully written. But a real sleeper. I just kept waiting and waiting for the plot to go somewhere. But it NEVER did. Maybe someone with more of an interest in psychotherapy might relate but I found the main character very narcissistic and not even in an interesting way. I would not recommend this book to most readers.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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