I bought this book with reservations. I wasn't really sure that I wanted to know anything about cadavers or the intimate details of the dead body. But not only was the book informative, it was entertaining. I give a huge amount of credit to Shelly Frasier who narrated the book. Her voice is smooth and the words flow. But the content is remarkable. I definitely recommend this book. If you are uncertain then listen to the preview....you won't be able to resist afterward.
While parts of this book are fascinating, too often the author seems to throw in unnecessary gore. After all, did we really need to know that the heads of puppies have been "successfully" (though briefly) transplanted onto the necks of living adult dogs? I think not. That's just one example of her digressions into the gross. Yes, it's mildly interesting, but by the end of the book, I had serious concerns about the author.
Fantastic dry, wry wit comes through in the reading of this deliciously oddball book about corpses. I did a lot of “Well, huh!” and “No way!” and “Whoa, cool.” And who knew? There are some serious social and environmental issues around corpses, too.
Inspired by the tv series, 6 feet under, I thought it would be interesting to read about what really happens after we die. The author even discusses our options, from the traditional to the enviromentally friendly. This book lead me through a reflection on what death really means to me and so many others. Facts, gore, and humour, what else could I ask for?!!
I really enjoyed this book. The author’s light style of writing took a topic that can be difficult to discuss and made it accessible. Although parts of the book were amusing, the tone was always respectful. Very enjoyable and fascinating – made me rethink what I want to do with my body after death.
I thought this audiobook was hysterical! As a nurse I learned quite a few answers to questions I was afraid to ask. Provided me with even more respect for the dead and a stronger desire to donate whatever is needed!
Never got to go to a library until the age of 8 ! Since then I have become a book addict. History, biography and fiction all thrill me.
This book was sugested to me by my son. The premis sounds morbid but I enjoyed every minute. I now want to listen to all of her books.
Sometimes that is all I want from a reading, and I got it here. I was also entertained. She is not as clever as Bill Bryson or Sarah Vowell, two who make a living on enlightening while entertaining, but she can at least be mentioned in the same sentance as them.
One disappointment, perhaps because of a deadline, is that little is said about plastination-- the process of turning body tissue into plastic. I saw the controversial show in Denver of posed plastinated bodies and it was amazing. She mentions an earlier show in Europe but obviously didn't see it. It is too bad, because this is the biggest thing to happen to the corpse in decades.
I had been eye-balling this book for a few years, but thought to myself, "Who reads a book about cadavers"? I was especially hesitant because I lost a family member about two years ago and thought I might be picturing him while reading about cadavers. Well, I finally decided to read it - much to the dismay of my husband.
What a great book! At times I found it rather disturbing, but mostly I found it fascinating. The author is a great writer and manages to add quite a bit of humor to the topic.