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Summary

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. Fascinating and insightful, Past Mortems reveals the truth about what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes.

©2017 Carla Valentine (P)2017 Little Brown

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Excruciating narration.

I'd love to be able to leave a review based on the book itself but I couldn't get past the absolutely excruciating efforts of the narrator. The story is told in a style that flits between irritating and weirdly condescending, and characters' voices are performed in a way that is literally painful to listen to.

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fantastic read

it has taken me just a day and a half to listen - couldnt put it down. i actually bought the book last year but wanted to listen to the audible to ensure i was pronouncing the medical terms correctly in my head!!!!
thoroughly engaging - gives a fantastic insight into an otherwise unknown world.
thankyou Carla for welcoming me into your world.

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  • Liz
  • Newcastle Emlyn
  • 06-04-18

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

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.

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one of the best ive listened to and read!

my favourite book of all time! the performance is so well done. i really hope we hear more from carla valentine :)

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Requesting a refund

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Im only two hours in and requesting a refund... not exciting at all

What was most disappointing about Carla Valentine’s story?

The narrator is awful, her voice just irritated me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Imogen Church’s performances?

Absolutely not

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, it was boring.

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