Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mary Roach
Narrator: Sandra Burr
Genres: Non-Fiction, Intimacy & Sex, Psychology
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: April 2008
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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The study of sexual physiology ? what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better ? has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic. Mary Roach, ?The funniest science writer in the country? (Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women ? or, for that matter, pandas? In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm - two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth - can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

Reviews (4)


Written by Marmi on August 19th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Kept hearing how great this book was....found it boring....didn't finish it.


Written by Judy S from Sacramento, CA on August 10th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have enjoyed Mary Roach's previous books and expected to enjoy this one. However, some combination of her sarcastic tone and the narrator's voice just didn't work for me. While the book talked about why sexual research was never taken seriously or conducted openly like other scientific research, the very tone of the book was mocking and silly - just like those who don't take the research seriously. Disappointing. I didn't finish it, for that reason.

Great but not the best narration

Written by Anonymous from Alameda, CA on October 14th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love the author's other books and this one is no exception. I will say that the reader's voice doesn't quite hit the sardonic attitude that I associate with Mary Roach, particularly on this topic. I think I would have enjoyed it more in paper format for that reason.


Written by Mark Pope on April 1st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A well written tale incorperating cutting edge research, historical gaffes, and humor. The author's sense of humor is well timed and particularly well played by the narrator whose selection was inspired. You will never look at sex in the same way!

Author Details

Author Details

Roach, Mary

Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. She lives in Oakland, California.