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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Richard
  • 09-06-17

A New Perspective, thank you!

I laughed, I cried, I learnt and I started to feel at peace with my existence and ever impending doom.
My 96yr old Grandad lives with me, and I have lived in fear of one morning waking to find him dead, my fear of his body and what I would do about getting rid of it asap.
After reading Caitlen's book and watching ALL her YouTube videos, I now feel at ease with death, not fearing of the dead body, and comforted with my new found ability to cope with giving him a good passing. I want to wash him where he lies, dress him in his best suit, and be in no such hurry to push him out of sight.
That embalming be completely unnecessary too.
I feel confident that I can lead my loving family through a hard time.
Thank you, and thank you for sharing your life in this book. You are awesome!

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  • Mr. R. Mallia
  • 01-06-17

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-17

A great listen!

Recently started watching Caitlin's YouTube videos and was so happy to find that she has written several books.
This books contains the same charm as her videos on YouTube and I am looking forward to listening to more of her work.
Not for the squeamish!

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  • Miss L. A. Croughan
  • 06-24-17

Smoke gets in your eyes

Witty Funny and 110% honesty would highly recommend very unique look into the taboo world of death thank you for writing this hidden world into a rainbow of light Caitlin .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-17

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.

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  • Hannah
  • 10-17-17

A glimpse behind the veil (or shroud)

I found Caitlin's work by stumbling across her Youtube channel. Since then I have devoured her books and found great insight in every one. Her broad knowledge and open minded sensitivity has turned my paralyzing fear of death into something I want to connect with and I encourage others to do so as well.

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  • Luke Barclay
  • 06-02-17

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.

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  • Desolation Row
  • 05-09-17

Brilliant

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

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  • S S.
  • 02-20-17

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-18

love it

amazingly written, fun stories, you'll cry and giggle and if you are curious in the morbid you will love this. Visit the cremation rooms with her via this book and save yourself form the need to shower off 'people dust'. Perfection.

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  • Kelly
  • 02-09-18

So honest, humorous, real and refreshing.

Wow! Caitlin's understanding, knowledge and perspective on death truely lifts the proverbial shroud! An enjoyable, eye opening read. It is a must read for EVERYONE!

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  • Trish
  • 12-16-17

I’m not afraid anymore

I loved this book - so funny. Make no bones about it there is nothing morbid about it!

I listened by a resort pool and had to move as I was constantly laughing out loud.

Not only is Caitlin Doughty a good writer and super smart she has a killer sense of humour.
Can’t wait until her next book.
Trish




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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-17

Such a great book

This is my second time reading this book, purchasing it from a book store and now on audible. It's such a great book, full of interesting stories and tasteful jokes. I really appreciate the work Caitlin put into writing it and I would recommend it to anyone because we're all going to die. I can't wait to read her second book From Here To Eternity.

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  • jackie schenk
  • 11-13-17

loved it!

Caitlyn is a natural storyteller and I've listened to this book twice, once with my 13 yr old son. who now has the best funeral plan I've ever heard of..being cremated and scattered on every continent so he is all over the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-17

loved it!

loved the book and all Caitlin's quirks, also loved that she narrated it herself! perfect

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  • Michael
  • 06-25-17

Eye opening and thought provoking!

If you could sum up Smoke Gets in your Eyes in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking interesting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Smoke Gets in your Eyes?

The entire story

What does Caitlin Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A personal inflection to the story and being inserted as an observer

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Very thought provoking and confronting a subject that in most case is taboo or one we tend to hide from.

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  • Jess
  • 03-22-17

Amazing

Great insight into the funeral industry and death. I was hooked on every word. Thanks Caitlin!