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
Complete lack of interest.
I love the idea of this subject matter. I couldn't believe just how very dry and uninteresting this writer managed to make this subject. A total waste of over 8 hours.
I'm a high school forensic science teacher, aspiring epidemiologist, cat lover, do-it-yourself-er and wife.
I listened to the book on several long drives. Each chapter had a theme and that made it easy to stop and start with each trip.
I enjoyed hearing about some of the experiments that were performed in order to try and determine whether or not a soul exists.
One of the chapters references a rumor about a husband and wife medium team that worked together. The husband always insisted to sit next to his wife during the ceremonies, apparently so that he could help with some very interesting props.
No. It was nice to space it out.
A different narrator perhaps, I really did not find this book nearly as funny as the others
Not as entertaining. Her voice might be better for a more serious book
Quigley's condescending, cheesy narration, rife with cringe-worthy bad accents (Indian, English, Southern) can't help but detract from Mary Roach's normally brilliant prose. That said, this book lacks so many of the surprises and signature counter-intuitive gems that make Mary Roach my favorite living author. All said and done, probably her weakest book but still worth checking out. But read it, don't listen to this.
Pretty much kept fast forwarding 30 seconds at a time hoping for something worth listening to on this book. Chinese torture boring.
Yes for Mary Roach, no for Bernadette Quigley
Classic Mary Roach, gonzo journalism with weird scientists
Never. Throughout the book she does horrible accents bordering on racist, she pauses in the wrong places or emphasizes the wrong words, and feels free to put her own spin on sentences. It would have been much better with a narrator reading in a neutral tone and her own voice.
I enjoy Ted talks by Mary Roach and I admire and respect her approach to science, writing and life. What little I did listen to was intriguing and I think I would enjoy this book, but I cannot listen to it.
Apologies for the rough review but the narrator has an over-dramatic style and often seems surprised by the ending of a sentence - therefore it is read with a great dramatic emphasis that would be distracting even if it were correct, but it is incorrect and that is frustrating. To the point that I turned it off. This is just the sort of book that I enjoy listening to, but it is truly too difficult.
No. Unfortunately I already have. This rambled on with totally unimportant research. I just wanted it to be over.
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