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Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic's popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

©2021 Erika Engelhaupt (P)2021 National Geographic

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Entertaining, educational, and unique!

I devoured this audiobook. It was witty and informational. The narration was on point. I need more! Erika and Mari, you BOTH have created an instant fan out of me.

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Fascinating, well written and well narrated

Very happy with this purchase. Book is humorous and fascinating, and the narrator is excellent.

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Fun interesting.

It was Interesting to learn alittle about a few more gory details about our animal world.

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passes the Time

Aimed at low education level. Not Mary Roach quality. Good for kids. Reader a bit annoying.

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Gross, Fascinating, Gross

If you are a Mary Roach fan, you will thoroughly enjoy the gory - sometimes gross and grisly - details of Erika's book. Covers all sorts of topics from rats and fly infestations, fat-globs trapped in our plumbing, dining on insects, correcting the mansplained anatomy of women, how pools are even more disgusting, explains why you shouldn't drink your pee or use it as a medical aid for stings, and the like. Minus the occasional mispronunciation of terms or last names of certain serial killers, the book is wonderful. Weiss (narrator) does a marvelous job. I especially like that they read the footnotes aloud as they went (and not at the end) giving the user clear reference to the respective material as we were listening along and not later, at the end of the book like in Roach's Fuzz, when we no longer have a physical point of reference because it is an audiobook.

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Something that turn you off can be interesting!

Very enjoying to listen to this dark side experiences and learning about something that turn you off! and that something turnout to be life saving, and medical breakthrough to mankind! I found lots of answer I am not dared to ask from this ! Recommended!

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Hated the narration

The content was enjoyable but this reader just made it sound snarky. She put a condescending tone into every sentence and that was not how I would have read it at all.

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So interesting!

I was very surprised and happy that I decided to read this book. It has great content and you can not stop listening.

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bugs bones blood and other fascinating items

I teach Criminal Investigation with an emphasis on Forensic evidence collection. This book is spot on, it's scientific interpretation of subject mingled with history is easy to listen/read. It was nice to be reminded that though our world can be and often times is simply gross, it is also a wonderfully exciting place that holds the key to our existence.

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THIS BK IS SCIENCE MAGIC!!!

I absolutely adored this book! I listened and re-listened to so many parts of it. There’s so much to learn, and it’s written so well it’s just a fantastic ride. I enjoyed the author I enjoyed the reader just a fantastic experience overall! Thank you so much Erika!