Maybe parts of it. It was informative and very well-written, but ran very long to me. Part of that may have been the performance, which I wasn't crazy about.
The parts of the book wherein Horowitz discusses her own dog, Pump, and how interacting with Pump helps Horowitz self-educate about animal behavior.
Uneven, pragmatic, dry
Not "moved" exactly -- it was so fact-filled I didn't have a very emotional response to it. But the sections about Pump were by far the sweetest.
A really good book about dogs and dog behavior -- next time I might just read the paper copy rather than listen, though.
It was wrenching. Such a beautiful, tragic story of how repression and restriction can destroy lives. Well written and thought provoking.
Michael Hess. Though he was exasperating at times, it was always possible to empathize with him.
Probably not. His delivery was the low point of this book. His reading was stiff and stilted, and detracted at many times from the story.
The narrator did different "voices" for different people mentioned in the book, which has a distracting, cartoony influence on the listening experience. Plus, it seems Roach was more interested in pursuing the "ick" factor than in detailing a broad scope of information about the digestive system. She didn't really mention the liver, pancreas, or small intestine, for instance, and spent a ton of time on saliva without much time on the tongue. All in all, I would have preferred more information with less forced cleverness.
See above. Broadening the scope and not assuming what would gross out the reader might have led to a more appealing book.
As I mentioned above, the narrator did a lot of cartoony voices, which didn't appeal to me. She did have a clear, exact voice and good pronounciation, but sounded a little "actor-y" to me.
Didn't need as much time with the cows' stomachs, would have liked more breadth of the digestive organs and their roles, such as the liver, pancreas, and tongue.
Not terrible, but I've read other Mary Roach and this is probably my least favorite of hers. Stiff and Spook were great.
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