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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Big Questions from Tiny Mortals
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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Listen in as Caitlin Doughty answers questions about death.

Young people aren’t shy about guts and gore.
Will my body sit up or speak on its own after I die?
Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral?
What would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated?
We eat dead chickens, why not dead people?

  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • Young people aren’t shy about guts and gore.
  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • Will my body sit up or speak on its own after I die?
  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral?
  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • What would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated?
  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • We eat dead chickens, why not dead people?

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?

In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to 35 distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Listeners will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend’s skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane.

Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it.

©2019 Caitlin Doughty (P)2019 Recorded Books

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"I adore Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, and want to make it mandatory listening for anyone who wonders if kids are too young to be exposed to the concept of death. Author Caitlin Doughty shows how healthy and natural it is for young people to be curious about death, and that it doesn’t have to be sad or scary. As one of the world’s most renowned funeral directors, she gets asked a lot of questions on the topic, and it’s always the kids who ask the weirdest and most wonderful ones. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, she sets out to answer some of them—from "Can I keep my parents’ skulls after they die?" to "What would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated?". Dressed up as an entertaining romp through an offbeat subculture—and yes, Doughty’s pitch perfect narration is hugely entertaining!—it’s secretly a guide for how to become more comfortable with something we’ll all inevitably have to face one day 💀." —Rachel S., Audible Editor

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There is just something with Caitlin Doughty...

Ever since I became a subscriber to ''Ask a mortician'' on youtube I have dwelled into the massive library of videos she has uploaded over the years - and there is just something about her voice, her humor mixed together with facinating science about corpses and our culture, history and rituals around death that makes it so darn interesting to watch. Then, I listened to 'Death in the afternoon' and was HOOKED! Eventually catching up to date with the podcast episodes on my bikerides to work I was craving more DEATHFACTS and storytimes to listen to on my daily bikeride to work.

And thank heavens - Caitlin had released her book in audioform! Now I have more fun deathfacts, science and philosophy about death and corpses that just fills my everyday. I realize this sounds absolutley ridiculous for a revew but... I think maybe that speaks for itself. You wont regret reading this book, and having Caitlin reading it makes it like a 4+ hour episode of ''Ask a mortician''! THANK YOU!

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I love Caitlin Dougherty so much !

she is fabulous Frank and funny. her honesty and humor is both informative and comforting on the subject of death I recommend to everyone and anyone all of her books. and recommend checking out her YouTube videos Ask a mortician.

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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

I have a serious problem with this book. It isn’t long enough! Only four hours? Really? In honesty I enjoy the writing and performance styles of Caitlin Doughty very much. I recommend her books to my friends all the time. This one does not disappoint and I must say our children have some very interesting questions.

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An exceptional book when being introduced to death

Death can be hard to read about. Especially because as you read about it, you can't help but think of you or a loved ones eventual departure from this world. But Caitlin has a way of talking about the subject-- both compassionate and candid-- that helps the reader move beyond the fear and discomfort, and find both fascination and a growing sense of peace with death. She pulls beck the curtain through questions asked by children, which tend to be both genuinly interesting to adults (who might not normally break social graces to ask such questions) and occasionally hilarious. We are all the better for this excellent book on curiosities about death.

I continue to look forward to more from this amazing author.

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Caitlin Never Dissapoints!

Another humorous look at the facts from our favorite mortician! Too much stigma surrounds the reality of death and it needs to be cleared away. You will come across some information you already know, especially if you have read her other two books; however this is definitely worth the listen! Many more new facts, and myth busts await!

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Loved it!

Like all of Caitlin Doughty's books, I just couldn't put it down. I love that she narrates the book herself. Death isn't something most people talk about and it's refreshing to have someone be so honest about it.

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Buy This Audio Book

There is a reason this book is getting so many five-star ratings. It deserves the rating! I was thoroughly entertained and informed at the same time. The narrator (the author) has a perfect voice and comedic timing for this macabre humor. But, along with the humor, many myths are debunked. I learned a great deal of information in a fun manner, and I believe you will have the same experience. I intend to listen to this again. Soon!

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A great listen for anyone curious

I have listened to this short but worthwhile book three times in the 24 hours I have owned it. The questions asked by children and answered by an expert writer and mortician are absolutely fascinating. I didn't realize that this was the same author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes until starting to write this review. That book is also wonderful and challenged and changed many of my ideas about funerals and what I desire for myself when the time comes. I highly recommend both books.

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Maybe don’t listen to this while you’re eating

The cover art is very cool, and the premise is intriguing, but for me the execution misses the mark. I think maybe the book is trying to be too many things; it’s factual, but flippant, it’s sometimes funny, but often grotesque. And the narration feels a bit singsongy.

Death in our culture needs to be demystified. We need to talk about it more so we can understand it, and deal with it, and this book helps, a bit. But it also kind of makes it feel like a spectator sport, and tho the questions were from kids, many of the answers feel like they are unsuited for children.

I am much more impressed with the author’s first two books, with those she knew her audience was likely entirely adult. That being said for me the most interesting part of the book was about Dover Port Mortuary inside of the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The largest mortuary in the world, there the military has received and processed the dead from the tragedy of Jonestown, the bodies of 9-11, as well as dead soldiers coming home from overseas. It is an extraordinary endeavor that the military has taken on, I wish that section had been longer.

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Entertaining and Informative

Once again, Caitlin knocks it out of the park with an entertaining and informative book.