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  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 312
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
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    5 out of 5 stars 286

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollercoaster ride

  • By Dr Debbie Tranter on 23-09-18

An excellent informative read. Ì am

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Reviewed: 16-10-18

This was an amazing book discussing and explaining the world of post mortem. spot on

  • Blame It on Bianca Del Rio

  • By: Bianca Del Rio
  • Narrated by: Bianca Del Rio
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 116
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
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    4 out of 5 stars 109

When it comes to insult comics, Bianca Del Rio is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny, and fabulous - a would-be love child sired by John Waters and birthed by Joan Rivers - Bianca sandblasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul's Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humour, she became the show's breakout star, winning its sixth season.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The shade is strong

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-06-18

A real tonic!

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Reviewed: 04-08-18

I like Bianca del Rio her book is hysterical. She is funny & spot on!

  • All That Remains

  • By: Sue Black
  • Narrated by: Sue Black
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating book, wonderfully read

  • By Catherine D. on 30-04-18

A really fantastic enjoyable insight.

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Reviewed: 12-07-18

Sue Black reads her own book and it is done with excellence. Ì found the book so increadibly interesting it has made me want to actually study anthropology. I find her attitude honest, straight forward and covers what could be a difficult subject easily. She shows us that her lifes work has often cut into her personal life but it shows an enthusiasm and passion for forensic anthropology. The examples she uses are also fascinating. Looking into people's lives after they have died using just their cadaver, even if it is burned to nearly just ashes. she uses examples in the UK as well as abroad and show that's there is a need for forensic anthropology.

  • Silent Witnesses

  • By: Nigel McCrery
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

A crime scene. A murder. A mystery. The most important person on the scene? The forensic scientist. And yet the intricate details of their work remains a mystery to most of us. Silent Witnesses looks at the history of forensic science over the last two centuries, during which time a combination of remarkable intuition, painstaking observation, and leaps in scientific knowledge have developed this fascinating branch of detection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! A fascinating read

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-02-17

Just phenomenal written clearly and concisely

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Reviewed: 09-06-18

I really enjoyed listening to this book it was set out in an easy neurological order using each facet that have come to the police's aid to catch a criminal in order so that by the end there was discussion on DNA. It really is a very important book to read if you enjoy books about factual crimes and how they were punished or and also detected very interesting, I would recommend to anybody who's interested in the whole process of murder and the way that we work to catch people who have murdered others.

  • I Let Him Go

  • By: Denise Fergus
  • Narrated by: Siân Polhill-Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 372
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    5 out of 5 stars 327

A truly inspiring and heartbreaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world. On 12th February 1993, Denise's life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son's hand to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again. In this extraordinary and heart-wrenching audiobook comes the unflinching account of that terrible day from James Bulger's mother, Denise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • extremely well told.

  • By floatyman2 on 07-02-18

excellent in every way.

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Reviewed: 26-05-18

This is a true honest account of this mother's fall into pure hell but was strong enough to survive and then make changes and challenges to the justice system, all in the name of James. the actress who read the book was perfectly and exceptionally fitting that the book was read out in the correct accent

  • Past Mortems

  • Life and death behind mortuary doors
  • By: Carla Valentine
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

A day in the life of Carla Valentine - curator, pathology technician and 'death professional' - is not your average day. She spent 10 years training and working as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist: where the mortuary slab was her desk and that day's corpses her task list. Past Mortems tells Carla's stories of those years and investigates the body alongside our attitudes towards death - shedding light on what the living can learn from the dead and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating narration.

  • By "ace_of_spades815" on 17-10-17

A book that was hard to put down. <br />

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Reviewed: 06-04-18

I really enjoyed past mortems as it was a very honestly about a topic most people shy away from. Beautifully written with an open, frank look at the work people do in the mortuary. It may sound off putting but in reality it opens people's eyes to the truth about death and the causes of death. The effect of had on her life and the choices she made during difficult times.

  • Doctors Who Killed

  • Case Summaries of 5 Doctors Who Were Serial Killers
  • By: RJ Parker
  • Narrated by: Beth MacEwan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
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    3 out of 5 stars 2
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This book captures the stories of five doctors who have killed their patients, including, Harold Shipman, Marcel Petiot, Michael Swango, H.H. Holmes, and John Bodkin Adams. It is amazing that these people chose a profession to help save lives, but preferred to kill. Is it not their job to curtail suffering and death? We sometimes put our lives in the hands of doctors, trusting that our best interests are the most important to them. Thankfully, there are only a handful of doctors who have been inclined to murder their patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly hard to cope listening to the reader

  • By Liz on 03-04-18

Sadly hard to cope listening to the reader

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Reviewed: 03-04-18

I found listening to this book very hard until i turned the speed up. The woman who read this book often mispronounced words, coughs, stammers and leaves large gaps. She also sounds like she is in a tinny room without any proper equipment. I like these kind of books but this is so hard to listen until I realised I could turn up the speed this lady wrote which then made this book much easier to listen to as it sorted all the above issues out.

  • Down Among the Dead Men

  • A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician
  • By: Michelle Williams, Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Liz Holliss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 52
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Michelle Williams, an attractive young woman with close family ties and an active social life, describes her first extraordinary year in her unusual new job as a mortuary technician. It’s a year in which, with innate good humour, she encounters death at its most tragic, bizarre, and hilarious. Her tale, neither gruesome nor sad, is enlivened by a range of colourful and eccentric characters, from pathologists and coroners to hospital porters and undertakers, giving us a glimpse of life - and death - that few of us will ever experience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre at best

  • By Helen on 19-06-12

Interesting view of life & death in a mortuary

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Reviewed: 02-04-18

I found this book very enjoyable interesting informative and honest. the realities of working in a mortuary and the day today issues both good and bad has been a real eye opener because as an ex-nurse I realised that I never really thought about what people did in the mortuary, except for post mortems. This book shows a much bigger depth to increase my understanding. I found it really interesting and would recommend it.

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Sam Woolf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    5 out of 5 stars 68

In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris re-creates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, and surgeons were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Butchering Art

  • By Katharine Richards on 07-11-18

Very interesting.

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Reviewed: 01-04-18

An interesting and informative view into the world of the surgeon before, during and after clean, antiseptic and aseptic treatment was introduced by Dr Lister. Also a view at the collision of two sciences that showed the world why medicine needed to co-join biology and chemistry. Showing surgery and medicine as the science based craft it was a pulling physics, chemistry and biology together to improve hospital practices.

  • My Sister Milly

  • By: Gemma Dowler
  • Narrated by: Ruby Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 208
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    5 out of 5 stars 194

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler. Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable, shocking and heart-wrenching!

  • By Ann D on 12-09-17

The realities of the families perceptive of murder

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Reviewed: 25-03-18

This is one of my favourite books as it honestly describes the tsunami caused by murder. Milly Dowlers disappearance followed months later by the finding of her remains and then coping with the British justice system, the phone hacking scandal and basically challenging the ethos of journalism to it's core.
Gillian Dowler is open, frank and honest about her and her families struggles. It is a challenging interesting book.