Kudos to Mary Roach for handling such a delicate topic in a respectful and serious, yet humorous manner!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The content is matter-of-fact, but humorous at times, as others have stated. If you allow yourself, you will learn a lot about what really does happen when a person donates their body to science. I was surprised at a few of the uses, but not horrified or upset. While I am not opposed to donating my body, I have never thought much about it...except when I renew my driver's license and have to make a decision to check the donation box or not. I will be giving it serious thought going forward.
If not for this book, I would never have thought about the people who donated their bodies. They truly were exceptional individuals and deserve so much credit and honor for giving others the opportunity to live. Without them and the research that was conducted through them, we may not have had the changes in seat belt laws and usage that has saved so many lives (just one of many examples).
I liked the narrator, Shelley Frasier. She sounds like the woman who was the voice behind Daria, the cartoon spinoff of Beavis and Butthead. I'll look for more of her work.
Give this book a listen. I highly recommend it.
I liked the effort the author made to honor his father by publishing his sayings, and the content is often funny and pithy (if you're offended by cursing, you may want to avoid this one), but the narrator's fake gruff imitation of the father's voice grew tiresome about halfway through and eventually became so irritating to me that I stopped listening about the 3/4 mark. I haven't gone back to finish yet, because it's that type of activity you feel like you'd love to complete, but for some reason you have such an aversion to it that you can't bring yourself to engage in it again.
While the father said things he believed or felt, he came across as a bit uncaring at times, which left me wondering about the relationship he had with the author. Perhaps the answer comes at the end of the book and that will either be discovered or will remain a mystery depending upon my motivation to finish...which currently, is very low.
I was encouraged by the reviews of others and decided to give it a listen, but found it lacking on the narration side. Going forward, I will pay attention to my Note to Self: Reviews are just opinions and may not mesh with your own.
If you're looking for a source of good and/or interesting ideas, this may fit the bill. The author not only gives the business idea and overview, but also provides resource listings at the end of each discussion in order for you to do more research (keep a pen and paper handy). He and his wife have tried many of these businesses and have had a measure of success, so you get a bit of comfort knowing he's coming from a place of experience, however limited.
While some of the ventures aren't my cup of tea and, mostly likely, I'll never try them, it still sparked my imagination and based on things I'm familiar with or am currently developing, was a springboard to new and different ideas that I may not have come across without the inspirational seed. Sometimes you just need a little creative nudge and that's the real value of this audio book to me.
It's been about a month since I've listened, so in reviewing the narrator, I can't give a truly 'fresh' view, but I had no difficulty in sitting through the reading and I don't remember any glaring pronunciations or habits that made me want to pull out my hair or my ear buds...but then, I'm the type of person who can sit through terrible narration if the material is worthwhile. Still, I hope this will serve as some sort of a guide for you if you're on the fence about getting it.
This is a little glimpse into the lives of others, learning a tiny bit about something very close to their hearts. I enjoyed the selection of interviews and found the time well spent and pleasurable. At times, the content was quite touching; two stories in particular touched my heart: the account from a woman whose brother had died from HIV/Aids and her last days with him, and the other was an interview conducted by a young man with the mother who had given him up for adoption.
The concept of being interviewed and having your life story preserved for future generations at the Library of Congress is wonderful and I hope to have the opportunity to listen to more of them soon.
I loved this audiobook. The information presented is humorous, but practical. I loved the personal stories as they served to remind me, 'Hey! I'm not THAT bad!'. Even while dealing with procrastination in a funny way, Mr. Perry still managed to help you see how you can move your projects along and that you still might be doing productive things...maybe just not THE thing you need to do. It's a nice way to make you feel good about yourself when you're beating yourself up for not being as busy as you'd like to be.
The narrator did a great job and it was a pleasure to listen to him.
I will look for other works from both author and narrator.
I enjoyed the marketing history on the concept of 'free'. The author shared more information on this topic than I would have imagined and it was all thought provoking. If you're an entrepreneur, you should give this book a listen. You may rethink the way you decide to promote your products / services. The content was great and I appreciate the author's narration.
I read the book before it became a movie (which I won't bother to see) and enjoyed it, for the most part. I was not bowled over by it, but it kept me entertained for awhile. Entertained, but not immersed. If I'd been interrupted halfway through it and couldn't get back to it, my heart wouldn't have been broken nor would I have wondered what happened to the characters. I probably would not buy this author's books again; not because of her abilities, but because I'm not really a fiction lover. It's a rare writer who can pull me in, make me want to stay with them until the book has ended, and leaving me wanting more.
This is such an enjoyable listen, I highly recommend it. Leonard Mlodinow is a great writer and narrator. He used so many good examples I was captivated throughout. I listened to it at work while I was doing tedious tasks and it carried me through easily. If you want to understand why you do certain things, this book will help you. I'm looking forward to listening to more books by this author.
I own several Glenn Harrold audios and I've listened to all of them for different reasons. Many I continue to go back to when the need arises (too bad these don't bring about a 'permanent fix'). This one, Creating Inner Peace and Calm, is one that I still listen to rather frequently, as it just makes me feel good. For a time, I was in so much turmoil, I listened every night as I was going to sleep. I didn't know for sure if it would work, but I didn't have too many doubts, as I was already familiar with Mr. Harrold's work and had had success with other audio books from him.
When your brain won't shut off, when you feel all confused or negative and you don't know which direction to turn, when your brain keeps running that negative self-talk, listen to this audio book. It truly calms me down and afterward, I can run for a full day feeling calm and peaceful. On weekends, if my mind won't let me rest, I just take a little relaxing time and listen to this one. I feel like I'm able to re-balance or refocus in a positive way.
I'm a fan of Glenn Harrold and I'll continue to buy his books. High marks for this one!
you need to read or listen to this book. No matter your political persuasion (Eli Parser is associated with MoveOn), you owe it to yourself to find out what the internet (and the large information gatherers) are hiding from you and how you can protect yourself. The concept of personalizing our information and eventually using it to control the behavior of people without their knowledge is very frightening. To think that companies and governments will NOT use it to their advantage is extremely naive. To deny the possibility is to bury your head in the sand. The technology is out there already...this is not science fiction...and it's not going away unless we all take action to protect the little privacy that we still have.
The content of this book is spot on and the reader does an excellent job with the material. I'm giving it the highest ratings and I'll not only recommend to my friends and acquaintances, I'll give copies every chance I get.
Good job, Eli and Kirby! Good job Audible for making it available!
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