Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013 | Unabridged
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"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) 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? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
Publisher: Old Saybrook, Conn. : Tantor Media, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452693422
Characteristics: 1 online resource (sound file: 8 hr., 21 min.) ; digital
Additional Contributors: Zeller, Emily Woo


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Oct 05, 2016

Maybe I should have read the reviews before I stopped listening to it. I only got thru the first CD, I'm not a big "Science Person" so maybe that's where I went wrong, but I was so tired of hearing about dog/cat food, I gave up, apparently before the funny and entertaining stuff. I think I'll look for the Book and skim thru and then re-rate at a later date. Oh, and I hated the cover artwork. I had to keep turning the CD box over. LOL

JCLHopeH Jul 26, 2016

Mary Roach does such a great job of bringing to the surface all those questions that you ever wanted to ask (and some you didn't) but never had the guts -- pun intended -- to do so. Never have digestion processes and all the associated body parts been so fascinating and entertaining!

Jun 09, 2013

An extremely humorous tale of what happens when you eat - including past and present successful and not-so-sucessful experiments, including chewing, digestion and the inevitable "expulsion". A copious amount of 'wow, I never knew that' and tongue in cheek moments. Highly recommended!


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