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Publisher's Summary

When the casket reached the front of the sanctuary, there was a loud cracking sound as the bottom fell out. And with a thump, down came Father Iggy. From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers have plenty of unusual stories to tell - and a special way of telling them.

In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death's door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape. Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked--in a wine bottle. And then meet their families - the weepers, the punchers, the stolidly dignified, and the ones who deliver their dead mother in a pickup truck. If there's one thing undertakers know, it's that death drives people crazy. These are the best "bodies of work" from America's darkest profession.

©2010 Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Reader's Digest Vignettes

I was hoping for something more clinical and less Readers Digest. These stories are in the vein of heart-warming, gently amusing and vaguely spiritual or uplifting.

The stories are fine for what they are, but they aren't an in-depth look at funeral homes, funeral directors and morticians. I was hoping for something more along the lines of Mary Roach's Stiff.

I don't think I'll bother finishing listening to these. Or I'll keep them for the category of audiobooks I can listen to while grocery shopping so it doesn't matter if I get distracted.

These are about as bland and vanilla as you could get.

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A good book

I really enjoyed listening to the sad, and funny stories behind the funeral directors who contributed to this book, it will make you think

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  • papa bear
  • Huntsville, TX, United States
  • 01-09-15

fun listen enough humor to keep your attention

the stories are long enough to give good details but not to get boring. loved it

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Boring, quit mid way through.

Would you try another book from Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra and/or Susan Larkin and Allan Robertson ?

Doubt it!

What didn’t you like about Susan Larkin and Allan Robertson ’s performance?

Their performance was the most enjoyable part of this book. Unfortunately they were burdened by a mundane writing.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mortuary Confidential?

Can't tell you because in the amount I read there really wasn't anything memorable.

Any additional comments?

Got the sense the authors thought this was more interesting than it really was.

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Nothing Special

A variety of anecdotes submitted by people working in what most people would conclude is an unusual profession.

Some were mildly amusing, a few were poignant, but overall I found it rather banal.

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Great stories

Stories that will make you laugh, think, and cry. It really is a great listen.

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"And Now For Something Completely Misleading"

Would you try another book from Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra and/or Susan Larkin and Allan Robertson ?

As this is a compilation, I do not blame the authors, but as they did choose the material to include, no, I would not choose another of their books.

What could Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not to say there are better stories out there, but if the stories are this dry, choose not to write the book. Or, do a much shorter book with the few stories that were worth telling. A lot of this book has stories that, in person, most people would not take the time to tell.

What three words best describe Susan Larkin and Allan Robertson ’s performance?

Prim and proper. (Which is appropriate and one of the better parts of a dry book).

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mortuary Confidential?

Most of them beyond the cover. The cover leads you to believe you might hear tales worth telling. For the most part, these are not.

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It was just okay.

I wanted to hear better stories. Not a bad book, just not for me. Caitlin Dougherty book was a great read, if you like more details.

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Amazing absolutely loved!

Very interesting and I'm very excited to become a funeral director someday in my 40s which will be in 6 sixs years!!!! I've taking funeral service education. I've obtain my AA on business management. I start class on August 14,2018 to obtain my bachelor's of science in business management hospitality.... I've applied for funeral attendant positions in las Vegas Nevada. Taking one at a time!!!! My short term goal is to join the MIT (manager in training) Program through my current employer Hilton Garden Inn!!! I've been there for only 6 months. Previously I was employed in retail world for 17 years of dedication service where I was a Marketing Team Lead at Sam's Club. I'm also in the middle of writing my own book. I grew up going to more funerals them I did weddings!!!! its been my passion to work in the funeral home business since o was seven years old!!! Everyone will be dying to meet me.... lol. When I was shomphore in high school I job Shadowed a funeral director for 8 hours at a local funeral home close to my high school in Saint Paul, MN. ushered a babys funeral and put make up on an Italian lady for her wake!!! Still was very interested afterwords!! I lost my dad when I was 11 years old. I lost my baby when I was 21 years old. My first funeral I went to.. I was a little girl at the age of 4 years old and I remember it like it like it was yesterday!Thanks for a great opportunity with sharing your book!!!! Thanks for allowing me to share my story!!

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Great Heads up for future FDs!

Great stories, both comical as well as touching, gives a little bit into the life of Funeral Directors and what we go through.