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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of All That Remains by Professor Sue Black, read by the author. 

Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab; at burial sites; at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment; and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. In All That Remains, she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed and what her work has taught her. 

Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue’s book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides.

©2018 Sue Black (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Dame Sue Black writes about life and death with great tenderness but no nonsense, with impeccable science lucidly explained, and with moral depths humanely navigated, so that we can all feel better about the path we must all inevitably follow. I am genuinely glad I read this book." (Lee Child)

"Compelling, brave and extremely accessible.... A must for anyone who thinks about the basics of living and dying. And there are jokes as well." (Rachel Joyce)

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  • Catherine D.
  • 04-30-18

fascinating book, wonderfully read

This was an absolutely amazing view into the life of a celebrated forensic anthropologist. At times very sad, Sue never flinches from an honest portrayal of the stories she's either lived herself, or discovered from remains. She reads wonderfully, and, having listened to the book in just one weekend, I never found her boring in the slightest.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 04-29-18

Fascinating and life-affirming

I have been a Sue Black fan for a long time and more recently have done a Forensic Anthropology short course becoming more fascinated in the subject. Sue Black narrated this really well, supposedly because she must give so many vibrant lectures. Her enthusiasm for her work must be so infectious to her enthralled students and surely has stood her in good stead when pursuing different areas of her work. The book will hopefully result in more donations of bodies for anatomical study and more understanding for the need for money to research ideas to aid forensic exploration. Chapter 13 needed a little more editing so as not to repeat a previously told scenario. I would have given 5 stars but, for me, I was hoping for more details i.e. the otic capsule description was thrilling, but understand that possibly from an audible point of view this could not be a text book without clear anatomical drawings. Oh! to be 40 years younger and live near Dundee! I would have worked a lot harder at school if such a course had existed at the time. Thank you Sue Black for everything you have done to ease the pain of the families involved that necessitated your expertise and for increasing the knowledge of this branch of science. PS. I loved that the rat had, literally, the last word!

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  • TAG
  • 05-20-18

Moving

This is hands down the best book I’ve listened to all year. It’s a mixture of accessible science, real life examples and personal anecdotes and the result is truly beautiful. I’m not ashamed to say I cried repeatedly throughout, both when Sue Black recounts particularly moving, personal stories but also when it reminded me of when my own loved ones died. It’s the sort of book that you listen to on a train and wonder how nobody can notice you are experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. I am usually dubious of authors reading their own works, but her delivery is perfect. I cannot recommend listening to this enough.

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  • Lloydy
  • 05-14-18

What a story

Talking about the dead made so easy, compassionate and thoughtful. Easy listening and keeps you gripped.

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  • carol
  • 05-08-18

Fascinating to hear Sue Black narrating her book!

I have always been fascinated by the archaeology and forensic study of a human, whether it is centuries, or years since that person has walked away from life, plus the science of forensic anthropology is awesome to hear. Thank you Sue, for putting your memorable word down, I have learn about things i wanted to know, plus a few others that was fascinating to hear.

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  • eva Dukes
  • 06-12-18

Something different

I saw this advertised and thought I’d give it a go
What an absolutely wonderful book probably one of the only books to make me cry as I have a heart of stone, Great teacher with a great knowledge about death dying Exhumation and identification of bodies as well as forensics expertise told you in Lehmans terms.
Is it gross in parts yes, not a lunchtime listening.

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  • bunnypath
  • 06-10-18

More please

I had heard Dame Sue Black speak in person in both public and in professional settings. Therefore I hit the “buy now” option as soon as I realised she had published this book.
I listened almost straight through in one sitting. This is simply the best book I have ever purchased from Audible, and the icing on the cake was to listen to the authors own voice.
I can only say hear it for yourself as no amount of superlatives can do justice to the tale within. Dame Sue please you must write some more.....

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  • sarah
  • 05-26-18

A fascinating listen.

Professor Dame Sue Black is not only a world class forensic anthropologist and anatomist, she can also tell a good tale, explain scientifically complex information to the layman and set out some of the horrific things she has witnessed in her professional career without ever seeming to be mawkish or sensational. She is honest, succinct and at times really funny. A great book.