Spook

Spook

[science Tackles the Afterlife]

Audiobook CD - 2005
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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" -- publisher's web site.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2005
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781597378819
159737881X
9781597378826
1597378828
Branch Call Number: CD- 129 R628s
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Quigley, Bernadette

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In an attempt to find out what happens after the mortal coil fades, 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.


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TechWriter1
Feb 07, 2017

I read Spook because I like Mary Roach's work. I found the book to be just moderately interesting though because the subject doesn't interest me as much as some of her other books. Still, I learned some things and the audiobook helped to pass some time on a road trip...

LPL_KateG Sep 01, 2015

Though the narrator's impressions were sometimes cheesy, I overall enjoyed listening to this book. I'm a huge fan of Mary Roach and have read all her fantastic work. Would highly recommend this author to folks who like both humor and science :)

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MakeAllTheThings
Oct 06, 2014

My dislike of the narrator eventually overcame my interest in the book, and I never made it to the end of the recording.

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