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    • Stiff

    • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,375

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful and En'gross'ing

    • By Joel on 05-28-05
    • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Release date: 02-26-04
    • 4 out of 5 stars 6,127 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Packing for Mars

    • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,737
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,796
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,792

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

    • By Roy on 09-22-10

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Bonk

    • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,613
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,878
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,883

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting-not as engaging as "Stiff"

    • By Jani on 05-13-09
    • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 05-12-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,613 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Grunt

    • The Curious Science of Humans at War
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,890
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,730
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,729

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, can't abide the narrator

    • By Robin on 06-29-16
    • The Curious Science of Humans at War
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,890 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Gulp

    • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,151
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,815
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,821

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome, quirky read!

    • By Heather on 06-24-14
    • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 04-02-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 3,151 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Spook

    • Science Tackles the Afterlife
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 850
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 851

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good book, gave me more questions then answers

    • By Brad on 07-31-08
    • Science Tackles the Afterlife
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 05-07-08
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 1,055 ratings

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Mary Roach

    • By: Michael Ian Black, Mary Roach
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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. While Roach does not possess a science degree, she has managed to establish herself as one of the country’s leading science writers tackling subjects that are taboo such as the history of research on copulation and the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

    Regular price: $0.00

    • My Planet

    • Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 453
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 421
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 418

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator drove me crazy

    • By Ann on 04-23-14
    • Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 08-12-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 453 ratings

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio: 2nd Edition

    • How to Go Down on a Man and Give Him Mind-Blowing Pleasure
    • By: Violet Blue, Mary Roach (foreword)
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Livingston
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Everything you need to know about male pleasure

    • By Bex on 05-30-13

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Go With the Flow

    • By: Mary Roach
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Volcanologists have a flair for understatement. Here is the term for the roiling, spattering 2,000-degree Fahrenheit liquid rock visible in the caldera of Kilauea volcano this afternoon: lava lake.

    Regular price: $1.95