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Morgue

A Life in Death
Narrated by: Tony Ward
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Forensic science is booming. TV dramas, books, and movies have made morgues cool. Complex technology and intricate research can take curdled blood, bone shards, and flakes of skin and turn them into justice. And Vincent Di Maio, MD, son of a famous New York City medical examiner, is one of the lions of forensic science in his own right. In this clear, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Di Maio himself guides us into the inner sanctum, through the cases that have made him famous, from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and the racially charged shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to the unmasking of a serial baby killer and the mysterious death of troubled genius Vincent van Gogh. Along the way, one of the country's most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologists will dissect himself, maintaining a nearly continuous flow of suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes, and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.

©2016 Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell; Foreword: 2016 Dr. Jan Garavaglia (P)2016 Recorded Books

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EXTRAORDINARY

Wow!!!! Amazing!!!! Please give us more more more of this!!!!
TONY WARD is fantastic!! Do read!! Don't miss it!!

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Thoughtful Frankness

This book about the life and times of a medical examiner contains all that one would expect from such a manuscript: tales of autopsy, murder, suicide, and courtroom testimony. It also contains some special examination of a few famous suspicious death, murder, and potential suicide cases. All of the material is presented thoughtfully but with an honesty that helps paint a frank picture for the reader of what the author is describing be it a sight, smell, or emotion.

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Expected a different kind of book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Expect something a bit different than what you think this book will be about. A lot of back story to each case, sometimes too much, and for the length they probably could've covered more cases.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine but there were a handful of instances where it was extremely obvious that they had forgotten something in the book and decided to go back and splice in certain words or parts that just takes you out of the book. At times it even sounded like a different person.

Was Morgue worth the listening time?

I was 50/50 on this book. From the summary I was expecting to just hear/learn about what happened in the morgue involving some of his cases throughout the years. Instead I found myself sitting through times where I felt what he was talking about was not relevant to the subject at hand. Too in depth on details that didn't matter and not enough attention to some things that would've been much more interesting given the title of this book.

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Excellent

I would have listened to this for the Memphis 3 chapter alone. I'm glad the 'teenagers' have been released but saddened that the killer of the three boys hasn't been found.

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everyone should read

no lie. this is a must read, well written, performed, & intrigueing while demonstrating the role & importance of forensic pathology in real life. plus a bonus that the author's career is so vast.

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Biased book with little actual forensics.

The first hour deals with the murder of Trayvon Martin. There is barely any actual forensic information, instead we get a rundown off the night it happened and an obviously biased rant about the media. The author blatantly doesn't like BLM movement and often refers to them as "blacks" and "race baiters". And insinuates that Trayvon was a thug.

I thought I was getting a book about science, not a book about opinions. I won't be finishing the rest of the book as this is not what I signed up for.

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Total CSI

I welcome educational moments, and the book is full of them! Great book, very interesting!

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Highly Recommend!!!!

Very interesting! I could not stop listening! He details several crimes, and describes how he approached each autopsy, what he found, and what the findings meant.
His involvement with the case of the West Memphis Three can be somewhat graphic.

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Excellent!!!

Love the authors writing style. One of those books that is a great read not only for content but the word crafting to tell the story!

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Morgue

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The forensic insights into crimes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the insights into the George Zimmerman case very interesting.