Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour.
The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis?
In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of - or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach as our guide, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists - who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
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interesting surprising fun
Description of gas and the possible start of fire-breathing dragon legends
Great voice, clear and crisp reading, funny accents at the right times
No, a couple of chapters at a time were perfect
Really enjoyed it
I haven't read the print version, but the audio was fantastic.
The alimentary canal, of course!
She has great inflection, and carries off all the humour with panache.
This is the second, and the last, Mary Roach book I will be listening to. I thought perhaps she might provide interesting facts - instead it is quite simply boring and somewhat gross. Imagine someone reading a clinical trial to you - and how dull that would be. Just stupid!
yes, this was so fun to listen to! great narration!
What a fun book, interesting and entertaining, and I def learned about the human body!
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I loved Mary Roach's "Stiff." It was fascinating and hilarious. Not so "Gulp."
Although Emily Woo Zeller does a wonderful job as a reader, the content just isn't very interesting. I'm not put off because some of the material about the digestive track is gross--I have a high threshold for disgusting subjects--but the chapters offer a lot of minutia that is dull, dull, dull.
I am a long-time listener to audible books - commuting, hiking - love 'em! Especially historical fiction and thrillers!
I would not recommend this book if my friend has a sensitive stomach. The author spend a great deal of time on the end result of digestion. I teach the Digestive System to my 4th graders, but it was still too much for me. Maybe if I didn't listen to the book while driving to school in the morning, eating breakfast in the car!
Easy to follow.
I don't think I have heard her before. But she was excellent.
A qualified yes.
I learned a lot of interesting trivia about the history of the science of the digestive system, and the culture surrounding it.
I tried and tried to like this book after reading so many glowing reviews here and in print. I tried starting it over twice in a different frame of mind. But I just never enjoyed it and couldn't finish it.
Mary Roach has a gift for delving into topics we don't like to talk about, digging out the most interesting aspects, and then presenting that information in an interesting and humorous way. Gulp discusses all the gross things involved in digestion (e.g., saliva, your colon, fecal transplants) but was only occasionally gross. I learned a lot of fascinating stuff that I can't talk about at the dinner table but which connected to my own digestion and my recent colonoscopy. The reader was excellent.
Probably not. Very interesting but I do not think it warrants another listen.
While the subject matter itself is not inherently appealing (or palatable), both the style of writing and the narration enjoyable and entertaining.
If you are a fan of her previous works, I think you will find this a worthwhile entry in the catalogue. And for those unfamiliar with the author but interested in a lighthearted tour of digestive matters -- both scientific and historical -- you likely won't find a more varied and engaging book on the subject.
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