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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roach Narrator: Bernadette Quigley Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that - the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my laptop?

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. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of ectoplasm in a Cambridge University archive. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason | 2/16/2014

    " I'm giving this book three stars because I liked the subject much more than the writing - and did enjoy many of the tales and historical research that was done - but I feel Ms. Roach's humor (sometimes funny and sometimes condescending and very unnecessary) gets in the way. I credit her for her research and choice to do a book like this - but most of the subject matter was weird, funny, absurd and downright "nutty" enough without being hit on the head with her constant (and more than not - unfunny) one-liners at the end of every chapter and most paragraphs. I haven't read STIFF yet - but do plan to, as again, I like the idea...but I'm prepared to read the information and treat Ms. Roach's comments like footnotes...usually unread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kyla | 2/15/2014

    " I heard good things about Mary Roach's writings, so I thought Spook would be a good one to try first. I like Roach's sense of humor for social situations (as in, if we were having lunch somewhere), but as a reader I often found that her condescension toward people or beliefs undermined what should have been a neutral position to evaluate claims and findings. Roach's examination of near-death experiences, recording spirits on audio, and other such phenomenons is entertaining and informative despite her sarcastic asides. Her findings don't really lead to a definitive answer to the question, "Is there life after death?" It's quite possible that if you believe in the afterlife/spirits, you would still believe so after reading this book. It's just as likely, though, that you would continue to NOT believe in an afterlife if you were inclined to think that way at the onset. Overall this is an enjoyable read, but not one I consider a serious scientific evaluation of available evidence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lee Ellen | 2/3/2014

    " A quirky and fun examination of the human obsession with proving the existence of the afterlife. Science itself seems to become a specter in some of the experiments described in this book. Also, I will forever think of New Age hullabaloo as communing with the "spit-its". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Matt | 1/23/2014

    " Didn't finish it, wished I never started. When she got to describing where people had bunnies come out of to proof some sort of psychic power, I was done. "

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