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Gulp Audiobook

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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?
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2013 - Mary Roach is willing to “go there” in the name of Science. She has tackled sexual physiology in Bonk, the life of cadavers in Stiff, and now takes on the (not-so-hot) topic of the digestive system in Gulp. This journey begins at the top and ends at the bottom of the legendary alimentary canal, but Roach does not take us there in a straight line. There are side excursions to visit experts in the field of morning breathe and pet-food engineers. We explore the power of salvia and the origin of mythical fire-breathing serpents. By asking seemingly ridiculous questions like, “Does noxious flatus do more than clear a room?” Roach manages to dismiss those common misconceptions we all seem to have but never question out loud. In Gulp she serves-up Science just the way I like it: Well-researched, relevant, offbeat, and hilarious. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Mary Roach (P)2013 Tantor

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    oneofthelucky 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Everything you never knew you wanted to know"
    If you could sum up Gulp in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating. Silly. Gross.


    Would you recommend Gulp to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Mary Roach makes science exciting and humorous.


    What about Emily Woo Zeller’s performance did you like?

    Narrator matches the story- great delivery of sarcasm.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is dense at certain parts. I found my mind wandering a few times.


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    K. Anderson San Diego, CA 10-21-15
    K. Anderson San Diego, CA 10-21-15
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    "very interesting and just enough humor."

    Mary Roach is excellent and injecting humor in the most unusual places. She can write an entertaining book on anything.

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    Frances 10-14-15
    Frances 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    It was funny a bit gross and learned alot about digestive system. Good book easy listening.

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    Megan Smith 09-08-15
    Megan Smith 09-08-15
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    "Poor sound quality"
    Would you try another book from Mary Roach and/or Emily Woo Zeller?

    This book sounds like it was recorded in a poorly insulated closet. The narrator's attempts at accents were distracting and poor.


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    Wanda 08-30-15
    Wanda 08-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised!"

    As an avid listener of National Public Radio, I remembered the interview and was intrigued at the time. Flash forward and I am struggling with some gastro issues. After learn2 enough through Googling I remembered GULP
    Soooo glad I did. Extremely helpful with the whole picture of food intake. The surprise? The Author's writing style made it totally understandable, extremely interesting and even funny. Highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand what the body is doing before popping the next pill.

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    Barbara 08-24-15
    Barbara 08-24-15
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    "Worst Book Ever"

    Some interesting information but unfortunately it was presented in the most repulsive way with graphic details. To top it off, the reader seemed to think she was reading comedy. I always read to the end of any book, but halfway through, I could not stand anymore of this.

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    Farrell 08-22-15
    Farrell 08-22-15

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Great"

    Funny, informative, eye opening. Why couldn't they teach like this in school? On to another of Mary's books!

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    RHaus 08-22-15
    RHaus 08-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "My favorite Roach book thus far"
    Any additional comments?

    I adore Mary Roach's writing, and I think she just keeps getting better! My favorite so far.

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    Matthew 08-08-15
    Matthew 08-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not bad"

    An informative and enthusiastically written/read pop science book, but heavier on pop and lighter on science than I would have preferred.

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    D. Moller Copenhagen 07-31-15
    D. Moller Copenhagen 07-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating and exciting"

    A real joy, learning and fun in one. I'm happy I've bought another two of her books so I'm not shaking with withdrawal quite yet

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