We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife | [Mary Roach]

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.
Regular Price:$23.07
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that - the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my laptop?"

In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive.

©2005 Mary Roach; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.5 (468 )
5 star
 (112)
4 star
 (134)
3 star
 (131)
2 star
 (65)
1 star
 (26)
Overall
3.8 (309 )
5 star
 (92)
4 star
 (104)
3 star
 (74)
2 star
 (30)
1 star
 (9)
Story
3.5 (306 )
5 star
 (104)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (33)
1 star
 (43)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    William Tucson, AZ, United States 05-21-12
    William Tucson, AZ, United States 05-21-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of my favorite books"
    What did you love best about Spook?

    It's science and history told in an engaging fashion


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spook?

    The stories about ectoplasm were a hoot.


    What about Bernadette Quigley’s performance did you like?

    She has a great and subtle range of emotions


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me curious for more. I found myself browsing the internet many times.


    Any additional comments?

    She makes science and history fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristin Hartman Pezzello 11-29-11 Member Since 2005
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    259
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I should have listened to everyone else!"

    I am a HUGE Mary Roach fan, therefore I decided not to listen to everyone else and get this book anyway. Well, the narrator was not my favorite, but really the book was the problem. Not her finest work. I will still listen to her next book all her others were informative and humorous!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 09-11-11
    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 09-11-11 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    150
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    127
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator ruins it"

    Just had to chip in with the rest to warn people off this one. I've listened to three other Roach books on audible and found them all light but enjoyable. I remember having to warm up to the narrator on "Bonk" but ended up quite enjoying her. This narrator is truly awful - hamming it up the entire time. The content is overpowered by the performance. The narration is so off putting that it's impossible for me to judge the book itself in comparison to the others by Roach I've listened to. Do yourself a favour and either read this one in paper format or skip it all together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lynda College Station, TX, United States 08-07-11
    Lynda College Station, TX, United States 08-07-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Funny & Clever"

    Enjoyed the humor very much. Thought provoking. Recommend it highly even though it seems "dark" in nature. (I am NOT a dark person by ANY stretch of the imagination but things that make you think beyond what you know it excellent mental exercise!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 07-07-11
    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 07-07-11 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    148
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    167
    56
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "The other ones are better"

    I thoroughly agree with what everyone else has written: the narrator viciously murders this book. I just wanted to point out one thing I think the others miss, that the other three Mary Roach books, narrated by two other women, are all excellent listens. Roach is a great, fun writer. This was her second book and though probably the weakest, it's still worth a read, just not a listen. Definitely check out the other three audiobooks though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 10-10-08
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 10-10-08 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    581
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    239
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    33
    0
    Overall
    "Amusing"

    Although the narrator of this book is phenomenal, and generally pleasant, she managed to make the tone of this book rather intentionally or unintentionally, patronising, and therefore amusing. I doubt the author had intended to take mockery this far. The professed content is intriguing, but execution left something to be desired. This is not a history book, but rather, a highly investigative journalistic in style. I give it three stars because although I am entertained and amused, the content and the structure definitely left something to be desired.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    keynotes 07-11-08
    keynotes 07-11-08 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    99
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    62
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    "What a name dropper!"

    This listen was so boring! This author wrote mainly about who found what scientific evidence about the human soul and how they came about with their hypothesis. You could go to any library regarding this subject and see who wrote these books yourself. All you listened to was about who did what tests and what they found through mostly the entire book. If I could have I wouldn't of even given this listen even a 1 star rating. WHAT A WASTE OF A PERFECTLY GOOD BOOK CREDIT!

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mrs 10-18-13
    Mrs 10-18-13

    New Mum

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very disappointing"

    The content was just uninteresting. I have read around this topic for years now. Roach presents nothing new and unfortunately fails to add the intelligent commentary that I was expecting.

    Far worse however was the narration. Honestly! What is wrong with her voice? Did anyone listen to this recording before publishing it? Why does she feel the need to over-dramatise nonfictional quotes and make them all sound stupid and implausible. Whether scientists or spiritual mediums, it is not for the narrator to make judgements on their credibility.

    I really enjoyed Mary Roach's "Stiff" narrated by Shelly Frasier, so this was a huge disappointment. Not sure now whether to try another of her books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristina Brookfield, CT, United States 07-25-13
    Kristina Brookfield, CT, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    179
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I normally love Mary Roach's books"
    Any additional comments?

    I love listening to Bonk, Gulp and Stiff. They were excellent and fun to listen too. Spook just didn't grab me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Innisfil, ON, Canada 07-24-13
    Amazon Customer Innisfil, ON, Canada 07-24-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narration Spoils Great Book"
    What disappointed you about Spook?

    The narration was horrible. I found myself implorring the narrator out loud to just read the book and stop adding her horrible fake accents.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Quigley?

    Shelly Frasier, the narrator who read Stiff did a fantastic job


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The content of the book was great, what was written by Mary Roach was interesting and witty and I would have really enjoyed it if the narration hadn't been so distractingly horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to more of Mary Roach's work, read by anyone else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.