Silent Siren

Memoirs of a Life Saving Mortician
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Paramedics save lives. Morticians bury their mistakes.  

A 23-year veteran of emergency medical services, paramedic Matthew Sias took a detour in his career to pursue the death-care business and found a complementarity between two seemingly divergent careers. Silent Siren: Memoirs of a Life Saving Mortician is the record of some of the more memorable calls he has responded to through the years.  

Often intense, at times gruesome, and frequently humorous, this memoir takes you from the back seat of the medic unit racing to the hospital with a trauma patient, to the brightly lit embalming room of a funeral home, and everywhere in between. Having the ability to calmly assist a person in crisis is, perhaps, one of life's most awesome privileges.

©2018 Matthew Franklin Silas (P)2019 Tantor

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Informative. Compassionate.

I love how this author has such a passion for compassion. There are many stories of patients, both here and gone-all told with brilliant observation to each one in order to handle them with such compassion.
It amazes me that a person is compelled to serve the dead with the utmost dignity and respect, even when nobody, including the patient (?) is looking.

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Interesting, intriguing

Very well written. Interesting stories. A few mispronunciations from the narrator, but good job, overall.

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Well written book

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book telling the stories of a young boy turned paramedic in the Pacific Northwest. His writing portrayed the scenes vividly and I felt like I was standing in the room. While many stories ended sadly there were plenty of happy outcomes as well. Later in the book he talks about his transition to undertaker and that was interesting how he combined the two jobs for a short time. What I didn't appreciate was his incessant fat-shaming of clients while he went to scenes as a paramedic. Once I could maybe tolerate but clearly he had an issue with overweight people or as he called them, morbidly obese. He talked a lot about how compassionate he was in his job. But his compassion clearly wasn't available for the overweight population. For this I took off one star. Maybe I should have taken off two. It just wasn't necessary. It didn't add anything to the book at all.