Down Among the Dead Men

A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician
Narrated by: Liz Holliss
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Michelle Williams, an attractive young woman with close family ties and an active social life, describes her first extraordinary year in her unusual new job as a mortuary technician. It’s a year in which, with innate good humour, she encounters death at its most tragic, bizarre, and hilarious. Her tale, neither gruesome nor sad, is enlivened by a range of colourful and eccentric characters, from pathologists and coroners to hospital porters and undertakers, giving us a glimpse of life - and death - that few of us will ever experience.

©2010 Michelle Williams (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Things you never wanted to know about a mortuary

What did you love best about Down Among the Dead Men?

British dialogue

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shelly was my favorite character, her views and insights to the other characters was great!

Which character – as performed by Liz Holliss – was your favorite?

Shelly

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the story very interesting to learn about what goes on in a mortuary

Any additional comments?

It is a good read, not bloody or gory but very informative.

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Compelling

The further into the story the more engaged I became. At first I thought the story was just ok. The more I listened the more endearing the accent and British colloquialisms became. I became more enamoured with the narrator- both author's voice and the reader's physical voice won me over. It was an easy, enjoyable, humorous, and educational listen.

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Curious and Satisfying

Very nicely and neatly told. I enjoyed getting to know Shelley and the crew. This book was informative and interesting, not gruesome in the least. I think it's important to understand what happens in the morgue to demystify it and quell the feeling of taboo.

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Subtle, sensitive and personal account

This is a sensitive account of a grim, but necessary job, told by a technician from her novice first days on the job through many years of service. Excellent narration and pace, with great stories in a small town UK setting. Well done. Great listen.

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Very good, personal story of how she got into work

Loved it! I do hospice, and it shows the true reason, of why this career was her calling.

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Enjoyable

It was off to a bit of a slow start I thought, but it got better and was an interesting book to listen to.

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Wonderful!!

fantastic book! Been wanting to be a mortician for years and this gives me a rough idea what it'll be like. This has given me the motivation to finally take the dive and go to college!

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  • Helen
  • 06-19-12

Mediocre at best

I find the author a little too patronising of her colleagues and "clients" if I'm honest. An interesting read/listen, but not well written.

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  • MsRanPan
  • 12-28-12

Cool job, shame about the over share

When focusing on the actual job this is fascinating and interesting read - 5* The author is a little odd, her ideas on relationships and the male/female role are bizarre and the way she states them as if this is everyone feels suggests a small world, a little patronising too others at times too which I hate to experience in any way which brought this down to 3*. But it is tolerable and the job is so interesting its worth reading up beware the let down of all the strange personal stuff she should have just kept to herself.

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  • Bestyearsltd
  • 10-11-12

Terrible

This book could have been brilliant, as its a fascinating subject but instead it is cluttered with endless useless, boring details of the author's life. Very dull, please don't bother

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  • vanessa
  • 10-01-12

dull as ditchwater

This potentially interesting book is rendered lifeless by both the writing and the narration. It is badly written, the style is flat, atonal and humourless. The author states that she is 30 years old when she takes the mortuary job, but the narrator sounds much older and this does not work at all. This book is also patronising in its tone. I know it's a book about working in a mortuary, but this book seriously needs some life injecting into it. Definitely not recommended.

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  • Andrea
  • 09-16-12

Fascinating, poignant and informative

A great insight into the little-known world of the mortuary technician and all that it entails. This book describes in detail the gory side of life in a mortuary, but also the human side. I enjoyed it as it was a written from a female perspective in a male-dominated world without being over sensitive. It says it like it is! Very thought-provoking and sad at times, but by no means a depressing book in my humble opinion. It answered the curiousity I have had about autopsies and what goes on after death.

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  • Angel-A
  • 07-16-12

Well Read, would Recommend

This audio was very informative and very well read by a Brit, most enjoyable, humerous and quite sad in parts but then so is life, and death!

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  • A R H
  • 12-31-19

Third time I have listened to this story.

Highly recommended, it's not an easy listen due to subject content. However it is most certainly fascinating.

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  • Lisa Speck
  • 09-27-19

Love it

Love this book have read hard copy 10+times and now have it on audio even better

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  • Jennifer
  • 12-26-18

Loved it

absalotly brilliant book. I loved everything about it I only wish there was more books on the market like this.

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  • Liz
  • 04-02-18

very interesting, amusing and truthful

Really enjoyed this book, the narrator cannot do a Welsh accent at all, but that was a minor irritation in a book I really found informative and at times amusing.
The author is very honest about her work as an approved mortuary technition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-18

Good work stories, bit too much booze.

Pretty interesting, the way she described the different cases was really good.
She does emphasize the amount of time and energy British people spend drinking and at the pub. Could have done without that.
Overall nice easy read, enlightening an interesting subject.