My Planet

  • by Mary Roach
  • Narrated by Angela Dawe
  • 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- hOnesty

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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- Jana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio