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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (55,356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roach, Shelly Frasier Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—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.

In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries—from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors’ conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year…Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Uproariously funny…informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty…Even Roach’s digressions and footnotes are captivating, helping to make the book impossible to put down.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living…entertaining, absolutely.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 by Brianne | 10/11/2016

    " This book was a very interesting read. It was not my typical genre, since I am not a non-fiction reader, but it captivated my attention the entire time. Gross, yet interesting. The author did a fabulous job of writing about the topic in a way that was humorous and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Medeiros | 2/19/2014

    " One of the most interesting laugh-out-loud funny non-fiction books I've ever read. I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nigel Sellars | 2/19/2014

    " The best book on death, dying, cadavers, and corpses you will have even read or will read. Informative, loads of fun, and a terrific source for every writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lana Wood | 2/11/2014

    " This was interesting. Had to skip the section on cannibalism (Yuck). "

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