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Joel

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  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes - creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many-legged creatures

    Paul says: "fascinating and creepy"
    "Creepy, Crawly, Repetitive"
    Overall

    Great idea, and it starts out with the interesting and unusual sex lives of various critters...stories about insects and other crawlies (Stewart uses the term "bug" in the loose common term rather than the scientific sense) are fascinating and more than a little creepy, especially when we get to the lifecycle of some of the human parasites and disease vectors.

    My complaint is that each "bug's" narrative is interesting individually but the writing is a bit formulaic and after a while they all blurred together.

    I liked Coleen Marlo's narration, she conveyed Stewart's sense of humor and interest in her subject.

    Overall, I rated it at about 3 1/2 stars; I rounded up to 4.

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