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  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void | Mary Roach

    Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War | Mary Roach

    Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Abby Elvidge
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    Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries - panic, exhaustion, heat, noise - and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper.

    Gillian says: "I Usually Love Mary Roach, But--"
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers | Mary Roach

    Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Joel says: "Wonderful and En'gross'ing"
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex | Mary Roach

    Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife | Mary Roach

    Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
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    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.

    Brad says: "good book, gave me more questions then answers"
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal | Mary Roach

    Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
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    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?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
  • My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places | Mary Roach

    My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
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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.

    Ann says: "Narrator drove me crazy"
  • The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio: 2nd Edition: How to Go Down on a Man and Give Him Mind-Blowing Pleasure | Violet Blue,Mary Roach (foreword)

    The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio: 2nd Edition: How to Go Down on a Man and Give Him Mind-Blowing Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Violet Blue, Mary Roach (foreword)
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Livingston
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    Violet Blue delivers details, encouragement, and every tip and trick for better oral sex while dispelling common myths and misunderstandings. In a straightforward and friendly tone, she explains how to make giving head enjoyable for both giver and receiver, how to keep your lipstick perfect, how to deep throat passionately and comfortably, and more. Additional information on positions, lubrication, shaving, anal play, fantasies, and sex toys make this the most well-rounded book on the subject of fellatio.

    Bexlyn Wright says: "Everything you need to know about male pleasure"
  • Mary Roach | Michael Ian Black,Mary Roach

    Mary Roach

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Mary Roach
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    Michael sits down with the investigative journalist and best-selling author of Grunt, Stiff and Bonk for a humorous and insightful conversation about her unique research and writing process.

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know about Orgasm | Mary Roach

    10 Things You Didn't Know about Orgasm

    • ORIGINAL (16 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Mary Roach
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    Bonk author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

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