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Smoke Gets in your Eyes Audiobook

Smoke Gets in your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematorium

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Mr. R. Mallia
    UK
    1/6/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S S.
    2/20/17
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/11/17
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    "Great book "

    This book really made me think. Through funny anecdotes and thought provoking stories Caitlin made me think about the way we approach death as a Western society. I also really enjoyed the informative aspect of it, learning about other cultures and societies and their approach to death. I cried tears of laughter and of sadness. It was also so well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Barclay
    6/2/17
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    "absolutely riveting! brilliantly read"

    Caitlin Doughty is a brilliant performer of her own work, personally I feel she should contemplate voice work when she has time. Her life is fascinating and she makes points not otherwise raised in society. Really recommend to anyone and already have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Row
    5/9/17
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    "Brilliant"

    loved it! the author made me laugh out loud a few times, provoked thoughts that made me reflect on my feelings surrounding death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Newcastle Emlyn
    4/15/17
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    "Beautifully written"

    This interesting book is about the authors experience of working within the death industry in America. About working in a crematorium and the effects that decay have on bodies in a very short time. It is funny, sad and insightful. This woman has a really different way of looking at life and death but it is a refreshing book facing a taboo subject face on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eliz
    4/9/17
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    "Addictive"

    Facinating book, well narrated. Pulls the veil on the mysterious world of the death industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Friend
    2/27/17
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    "Recommended reading!"

    At times funny, lurid and very thought provoking throughout, this should be recommended reading for everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    2/6/17
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    "a bit meh and voice irritating"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Smoke Gets in your Eyes put you off other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Caitlin Doughty’s performance?

    Could just be an accent thing, I just found her voice too much, a bit ...vampy / goth teen. I had to stop listening.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Smoke Gets in your Eyes?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could return this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    2/3/17
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    "Unusual, educational and delivered with wit!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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