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My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places | [Mary Roach]

My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places

Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits.
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Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits. Whether she is dwelling on her age or talking about the pros and cons of a bedroom night light - "A married couple can best be defined as a unit of people whose sleep habits are carefully engineered to keep each other awake" - Roach finds a lesson, a slice of sarcasm, or a dash of something special that makes each day comical and absolutely priceless.

In keeping with our mission - curating the best listens in the land - Reader's Digest editors neatly packaged these timeless (and hilarious) Roach essays together for the first time.

©2013 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Ann California 04-23-14
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The way she would draw out the vowels in words. I couldn't finish this book because the narrator was too distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Mary Roach's other books. I'm sure this one is very good as well but I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 12-25-13
    Suzanne Tampa, FL, United States 12-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Mary Roach and/or Angela Dawe?

    I like Mary Roach. The trouble was the narration. She sounded like she was trying too hard to project her voice, which left no room for personality, Very flat and monotone. I will have to break down and actually read this book!


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    Ann SAINT MARYS, OH, United States 11-30-13
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Felt the need to emphasize the last word of every SENTENCE. No matter what word it WAS. Couldn't bear it for more than 45 min. Love Mary Roach, but I think I'll get this one in print.


    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 10-31-14
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    The narrator sounds like a carnival barker. I couldn't get past a few minutes of the forward. The book's content might be fine, but I'll never know. Roach should just narrate her own books.


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    Sara nashville, TN, United States 11-15-13
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    Great stories but the narrator kind of ruined my listening experience. Would give it another try with a less monotone voice.

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    Mary Roach continues to impress, while the narrator seemed to be yelling the words at me. Overall really quite good!

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    "Love Mary Roach."

    My Mary Roach collection is complete. i have enjoyed her quirky perspective through every book. This one is short, funny 'slice of life' essays and are different from her other books but has me giggling and connecting frequently. I did not love the narrator, I felt she sounded as though she was shouting. I just lowered the volume and it certainly was not enough to keep me from listening.

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    Amazon frequent customer charlottesville, va United States 07-22-15
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    Narrator's voice was grating. I got through 4 or 5 chapters and gave up.
    I don't recommend this book.

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    "Enjoyable!"

    I found this audiobook to be quite enjoyable. The author is very clever in her writing. It was not "rolling on the floor laughing" funny but It was very witty. I also felt the narrator did a good job with the delivery. I will probably listen to it again in the future!

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    I love Mary Roach. She is so funny and clever. The stories are great often with laugh out loud bits.

    Unfortunately Angela Dawe's narration is, for the most part, just too much. I feel like she is yelling at me. There is a overly emphatic tone to each and every word--with the exception of Chapter 4 where she does a great job mimicking the voice style of an automated call.

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