From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death.
Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying. Full of bizarre encounters, gallows humour and vivid characters (both living and very dead), this illuminating account makes this otherwise terrifying subject inviting and fascinating.
©2016 Caitlin Doughty (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"Unforgettable...a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death."(Gavin Francis, Guardian)
"A zingy, fresh and possibly even important book about death...This book might change your life." (Evening Standard)
"Upbeat, brave and brilliantly, morbidly curious...Important and timely." (Sunday Times)
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"My first foray into Audible"
This is the first book I purchased on Audible. What a great choice. This is really well done and I really love the subject matter and the passion with which the author narrated it. Really happy I chose this book and I look forward to many more.
"Not for the squeamish"
If you want to hear about death and the industry it generates in all its (often appalling) detail this is the book for you.
I found the book interesting and really agree with her aim of getting us back into the reality of death, and what happens to our bodies rather than the sanitised version we are sold
Recommend to anyone who isn't squeamish
At times funny, lurid and very thought provoking throughout, this should be recommended reading for everyone!
"a bit meh and voice irritating"
I just thought this would be more interesting, in the end I kept looking at my phone disappointed I still had so much listening time to finish it. In the end I gave up as the narrator / authors voice, for me, was grating.
Could just be an accent thing, I just found her voice too much, a bit ...vampy / goth teen. I had to stop listening.
Wish I could return this.
"Unusual, educational and delivered with wit!"
This is a well written, interesting and educational book. Narrated by the author, it is delivered with a gentle wit, whilst simultaneously, never revealing anything, but a high level of respect for the bodies of the dead she refers to.
An uncensored insight into a world that fascinates me. Definitely not your average 9-5. Thank you Caitlin Doughty
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