When the casket reached the front of the sanctuary, there was a loud cracking sound as the bottom fell out. And with a thump, down came Father Iggy. From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers have plenty of unusual stories to tell - and a special way of telling them.
In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death's door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape. Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked--in a wine bottle. And then meet their families - the weepers, the punchers, the stolidly dignified, and the ones who deliver their dead mother in a pickup truck. If there's one thing undertakers know, it's that death drives people crazy. These are the best "bodies of work" from America's darkest profession.
©2010 Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I was hoping for something more clinical and less Readers Digest. These stories are in the vein of heart-warming, gently amusing and vaguely spiritual or uplifting.
The stories are fine for what they are, but they aren't an in-depth look at funeral homes, funeral directors and morticians. I was hoping for something more along the lines of Mary Roach's Stiff.
I don't think I'll bother finishing listening to these. Or I'll keep them for the category of audiobooks I can listen to while grocery shopping so it doesn't matter if I get distracted.
These are about as bland and vanilla as you could get.
the stories are long enough to give good details but not to get boring. loved it
Their performance was the most enjoyable part of this book. Unfortunately they were burdened by a mundane writing.
Can't tell you because in the amount I read there really wasn't anything memorable.
Got the sense the authors thought this was more interesting than it really was.
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A variety of anecdotes submitted by people working in what most people would conclude is an unusual profession.
Some were mildly amusing, a few were poignant, but overall I found it rather banal.
As this is a compilation, I do not blame the authors, but as they did choose the material to include, no, I would not choose another of their books.
Not to say there are better stories out there, but if the stories are this dry, choose not to write the book. Or, do a much shorter book with the few stories that were worth telling. A lot of this book has stories that, in person, most people would not take the time to tell.
Prim and proper. (Which is appropriate and one of the better parts of a dry book).
Most of them beyond the cover. The cover leads you to believe you might hear tales worth telling. For the most part, these are not.
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