I had to relisten to the first hour, but after that, this audiobook was a joy to listen to. Classic Bond at his best. If you have a passing interest in the series, give it a try.
I wanted to write a review though to note a few technical issues with the recording. While the narrator does a very good job in all respects, he doesn't seem to mind continuing to read while there is load background noise. At least once I heard a large truck drive by, and he manages to be quite loud turning pages, distractingly so. I haven't heard this in any other Audible audiobook, except, perhaps, Dr. No, also read by Simon Vance. Don't let this stop you from buying this, just don't be surprised.
The other reviews should have clued you in already: This book is trash. As in, I'm-out-camping-and-I-have-no-toilet-paper trash. I won't reiterate the many, many problems, but I will let you know how I managed to enjoy it. Even enjoy it enough to not regret the time or credit, if you can believe that.
Me and my friends were on a road trip, and we wanted to listen to an audiobook. Trying to find one that appealed to everybody was an impossible task, so instead, I went with this book, hoping that it could provide laughs that everyone could appreciate. And provide it did! It ended up being vaguely reminiscent of MST3K, with us riffing off and tearing apart this book. We laughed (at the prose) together, we cried (at the prose, again) together, we moaned together. It ended up being a really great experience, and HOLY MOSES is it a joy to quote to each other. There are so many horrific lines in this book (most of them repeated at least 10 or more times, because why write 500 pages when you can write 50 and copy-paste?), that we didn't stop quoting it the entire vacation.
In the end, I can't imagine someone suffering through this dreck alone. I feel so much pain for you, you being unable to share your misery. But if you're looking for a fun group read, look no further!
Bonk was an interesting exploration of the history of sex research. It wasn't quite as well organized as Stiff, and it's not quite as comprehensive as I would have wanted. Whereas Stiff has reams of information about cadavers going back hundreds and thousands of years, Bonk is almost entirely focused on the last century.
The author's tone irritated me quite a bit; she was reverent in Stiff, while still having a baseline of humor to get through difficult material. In this book, she's just out-and-out insulting to the many people mentioned, with many cheap jokes at their expense. For a book that's written to help us overcome to squeamishness of sex, this is juvenile and dissappointing. I also was unhappy at the many times she left things undescribed - once again, in a book written help us overcome the squeamish, she squeams out of quite a few topics/situations.
The book also very female-centric, probably a good two thirds of it focuses on women. This is probably because the author is female, and the few times she subjects herself to sex research, of course she can only describe it from a female point of view. But even when discussing Kinsey's research, she still talks more about his study of Female Sexuality.
The reader is also very meh; she tries, but just doesn't quite get the author's tone.
Overall, I would say if you're interested in this, read Stiff first, see if you like Mary Roach, and if you do, read this. If you don't like her, I don't think this will convert you. A tepid recommendation. And for the love of god, make sure that your phone autopauses if your headphones fall out. The last thing you need is everyone at work hearing a completely out of context line on fetishes or whatnot.
Even in audio form, this mystery is easy enough to follow, if purely because of David Suchet's unbelievable performance. I saw many other reviews praising him; they are all spot on. If you're on the edge of using your credits on this, just go for it. You'll be treated to some of the best narration in the English language, with Suchet's words flowing over you and pulling you right into the book from whatever mundane highway you might be on.
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