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Mobituaries

By: Mo Rocca
Narrated by: Mo Rocca
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched audiobook that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him.

Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries - reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his number one hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the audiobook, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter...until now.

Take Herbert Hoover: Before he was president, he was the "Great Humanitarian", the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then, there’s Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history’s unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities...or secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons.

Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

©2019 Mo Rocca (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Good in small chunks

I read this book in two weeks during 20 min commutes. independent stories so it is really good for that.

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Very good, but.....

some of it is a retelling from his podcast. If you have listened to his podcast episodes, some of the book you will already know. However, still well done.

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Delightful!

Mr. Rocca’s podcast is great and his book even tops it. He tells the stories with humor and compassion. Just wonderful!!

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Thoroughly enjoyed!!

This audiobook is delightful! I heard about people I hadn't thought about in years (if ever) Mo Rocca treats his subjects with respect and humor. I'm sure my fellow IKEA shoppers were wondering what I was chuckling about (or where my keeper had wandered off to.)

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Love Love Love

I love the information provided in this book. I love how the author reads the book. I love Mo Rocca voice!! This book is wonderful and provides sooooooo much information!! Delightful!!

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I wished that this book never ended

I learned so much from this book. I am a fan of the podcasts as well and I was definitely not disappointed! It entertained me and provided the opportunity to learn new things. I was sad when the book was over because I could listen to it all day every day.

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I loved this book!

I’ve always been a huge fan of Mo Rocca. I look forward to seeing him on CBS Sunday Morning each week, but I’d never listened to his podcasts. If you love history, you’ll love this book. I particularly loved how Mo weaved the stories together and brought up former chapter stars into later chapters. This book is full of heart and kindness. I am so impressed by the questions he asked when researching. Well done Mo!

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Quirky Factoid Curiosity Fulfilled

Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving is intellectual and quirky factoid curiosity fulfilled. There’s something for everyone in this utterly fascinating and educational book. Told with Mo Rocca’s signature wit and heart (along w/author Jonathan Greenberg) the read is like opening a treasure chest of oddities, famous and little-known figures and facts; a full spectrum from fun to very dark elements of humanity. A must read that leads to more curiosity about the subjects explored, a desire for further reading.
Audio version is top notch with Rocca's voice. Excellent!

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6 stars!!!!!!

Written with wit, insight, and, most of all, compassion, this deep appreciation of the famous, infamous, and forgotten is a must read/listen. Podcast is also highly recommended.