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Publisher's Summary

Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits. Whether she is dwelling on her age or talking about the pros and cons of a bedroom night light - "A married couple can best be defined as a unit of people whose sleep habits are carefully engineered to keep each other awake" - Roach finds a lesson, a slice of sarcasm, or a dash of something special that makes each day comical and absolutely priceless.
In keeping with our mission - curating the best listens in the land - Reader's Digest editors neatly packaged these timeless (and hilarious) Roach essays together for the first time.
©2013 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 04-23-14

Narrator drove me crazy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The way she would draw out the vowels in words. I couldn't finish this book because the narrator was too distracting.

Any additional comments?

I loved Mary Roach's other books. I'm sure this one is very good as well but I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne on 12-25-13

Terrible narration ruins an entertaining book

Would you try another book from Mary Roach and/or Angela Dawe?

I like Mary Roach. The trouble was the narration. She sounded like she was trying too hard to project her voice, which left no room for personality, Very flat and monotone. I will have to break down and actually read this book!

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By hOnesty on 02-19-18

Quite a good witty book

Observations of the author are funny and entertaining but voiceover is not good enough to represent the humour in the script. Overall good book showing how funny are some parts of our daily lives.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jana on 01-04-16

Love the book, can't stand the performer's voice

Well, the title describes my feelings completely. I am a big fan of Mary Roaches work. Despite the fact that this book is different from her usual meticulous research driven work it is still very enjoyable and refreshingly entertaining.


The performer's voice is just...wrong. It sounds as if she's shouting every word and the intonation seems off too. After a few minutes of listening I actually feel wound up instead of relaxed. Trying to introduce this book to friends resulted in the same discomfort for them. Coincidentally, they found Roaches other great book Packing for Mars sounding like being read by a robot.

I can't see myself being able to suffer through the rest of this audio book. If only there was a way of "reading it"...oh, wait...;)

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