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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roach Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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The study of sexual physiology - what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better - 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 (Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women - or, for that matter, pandas? In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm - two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth - can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 2/17/2014

    " Very quick reading and highly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Light | 2/5/2014

    " As with many other books on the subject, it is not the study of sex itself but the absurd, strange and horrifying ideas and eccentric personalities of the scientists behind the experiments that are the real interest in Roach's books in particular. I enjoy her attention to the laughable details and the unusual insights she offers each and every time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/4/2014

    " Seriously, it's for book club! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 1/17/2014

    " This book is fascinating. Mary Roach approaches a taboo topic with wit and grace. I definitely learned from this book and it spurred many interesting discussions with Daniel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June | 1/16/2014

    " My favorite of Roach's yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/9/2014

    " You will spend the whole time with your mouth hanging open, going, "no way!" A fascinating read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne Auckerman | 12/16/2013

    " Boring--I think her best book is Packing for Mars and the Stiff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anglotopia | 12/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed Roach's other book about Space so I thought this too would be interesting. It's really only mildly interesting. While the subject is sex, it's mostly focused on the scientific aspects of sex. The book is by no means titillating (which is not a bad thing). It's very technical. Too technical. There are occasionally funny moments (especially when Roach participates in some of the research). Others comment that if you skip the footnotes, you miss a lot of good stuff. This is somewhat true, but I found the number and length of the various footnotes to be excessive and distracting (and hard to ignore when they sometimes take up half the way). There are certainly interesting characters in the book and there's some interesting background on the history of sex research. But, in the end, the book left me unsatisfied and I ended up skimming the last half of the book as it just couldn't keep my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malia | 12/12/2013

    " I simply adored this book. It was hilarious, informative, well-structured, thoroughly researched, and a blast to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Mclauchlin | 11/18/2013

    " witty and and amusing. I love this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/17/2013

    " Fascinating and, at times, hilarious. Not one for the kiddos, but a fun read for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 10/13/2013

    " Funny lady, funny book. Makes me want to read all of her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 9/20/2013

    " I went on a Mary Roach bender earlier in 2011. It was fun. If you've never taken on her semi-scientific investigations, I recommend them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 8/6/2013

    " A good book about fucking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/12/2013

    " It was really entertaining and educaional! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lin | 5/18/2013

    " I Enjoy Mary Roach's writing, but her book Bonk put me to sleep. I've started Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and she got me in the first chapter. What does this say about me? Your guess is as good as mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/26/2013

    " Very interesting, a little too much information at times, but keeps it at a good pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/10/2013

    " Well-written book on sex research over the years. Manages to be informative without being voyeuristic. Focuses mostly on research on heterosexual sex, but other preferences mentioned as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cait | 3/2/2013

    " Overall, the least informative of her books, probably because of my background in talking about sex, but often laugh out loud funny. (Particularly good to read out loud, in public places! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 12/17/2012

    " This was definitely one of the strangest books I read -- very scientific in details yet also humorous/irreverent. Kudos to Roach and her sainted husband for volunteering to be subjects in various sex laboratory experiments for the sake of science. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 11/11/2012

    " I get the appeal of pop science, and I'm normally into it -- for some reason this didn't rub me the right way (har har). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/2/2012

    " This had me laughing out loud! Not sure I learned anything I really needed to know, but it delighted my inner Beavis & Butthead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 4/17/2012

    " I love her writing style, but I am not impressed with the content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Street | 1/26/2012

    " Amusing and interesting, though it seemed to miss some of the mirth and spunk of her earlier, Stiff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/7/2011

    " Liked it but not as well as "Packing for Mars" or "Stiff". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 6/7/2011

    " This is one of the few books that the kindle version doesn't work. There are tons of footnotes that are relegated to the end on the kindle. These notes made a huge difference in the read. They add humor and insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 5/16/2011

    " I love Mary Roach's voice.. it's like talking to your favorite educated, but snarky friend. Enjoyed this very much, informative as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 5/16/2011

    " Engaging, fascinating book. Lots of information about interesting and frequently bizarre sex research. I look forward to reading more of Mary Roach's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " not her best but still fairly entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/12/2011

    " Yup, already read this one. Crazy to not remember that when I started. It's an enjoyable read, quick paced (yuk yuk) and the footnotes are THE BEST part (yuk yuk)! Good beach book, lighthearted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/6/2011

    " Ah, well, as usual, science's dichotomous bent forces the author's hand. Enjoyable read, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/28/2011

    " Strange and wonderful, and ideal to make you feel really creepy on the train. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 4/27/2011

    " Really funny but informational approach. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/27/2011

    " Very informative book, and the material is presented in a fun way. I can't say I really wanted to ever know all of what was presented, but that doesn't mean it wasn't interesting! I think I'll leave the life science research to the life scientists and stick with earth science, though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/16/2011

    " Fabulous reporting. Laugh out loud funny. Educational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evamaria | 4/15/2011

    " Highly entertaining and interestung peek into the world of sex research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 4/10/2011

    " Laugh out loud funny at times and full of demented asides and footnotes. Roach has a refreshing way with words and material. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of several books, including Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary CanalPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.