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From Here to Eternity

Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity, she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears.

In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. She meets Bolivian ñatitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to the Japanese ritual of kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes.

With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.

Read by Caitlin Doughty.

©2018 Caitlin Doughty (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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wonderful

Well written with respect for the traditions but also slightly comical at times. Very interesting.

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Loved it

I’ve just recently started listening to audiobooks and find them very hit and miss due to the narrator, but this was perfect. Caitlin is fantastic, I could listen to her all day and when I saw she was narrator I was convinced.

I read her first book in paper form, which I also loved. I have this book in hardback too but haven’t had time to read it due to work, so listening to it was the fastest way I could consume it. I thoroughly enjoyed it!! So much so that I may revisit her first book in audio form too.

The concept is incredibly interesting even for a seasoned reader in death and human practices around it I found the mid section surprisingly eye opening with some refreshing thoughts I hadn’t considered before.

Happily remaining a longstanding fan of Caitlin’s work!!

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Highly recommended!

I already enjoyed watching Caitlin’s videos on YouTube, so I had to check her books out.

As someone with a fear of death, I enjoyed this book. Caitlin narrates in a way that kept me engaged and eager to listen to more. I find it fascinating how other cultures handle death and learned a lot from listening.

I finished the book with a different way of thinking, eager to research death further. Do give this book a listen if you are like me and have tried to avoid the subject of death most of your life. It could help.

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Fascinating and moving

This audiobook is one of the most fascinating and moving I've ever heard. Excellently done.

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Brilliant as always.

I like the way Caitlin is able to bring death to the table and talk about it rationally and openly. It is time that we were given freedom to express our fears and desires across the world and see how others cope so lovingly to care for their dead.
It is frightening that funeral homes have become big business and not the personalised funerals of our past. I am terrified of being buried alive and so I donated my body to doctors to train on. Sadly they need near normal bodies and I have two fistulas (holes from my gut to the skin. It is amazing to consider I have other choices. Thank you x

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LOVED IT

I've listened to 2 of Caitlins death books and I enjoyed both!! I love Caitlins books and recommend them to anyone interested in death.

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Interesting and very, very good!

It's very interesting to see the different ways in which death has been, and in many cases still is approached in countries across the globe. As before, the author's narration is pitch perfect. My only quibble is that there aren't clear distinction or transitional moves between the segments in different cultures - at least not that I picked up on - and this was confusing for me. Overall, though, I enjoyed this.

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amazing

I love this book, the journey is enough to make it novel like in quality while being informative, and very funny.
A humanist look at death.

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Fantastic, honest, clarifying

I love Caitlin's work though I am a very new fan. This book touched me deeply and has given me comfort, sorrow, sympathy, knowledge and interest in abundance. Thank you all involved in bringing this audiobook to us.

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Very insightful and informative

A very interesting, insightful and informative book which discusses a subject which we rarely talk about ourselves. As well as sharing burial rituals from around the world, it also shares strategies and methods we can use (or should allow ourselves to use) to deal with the loss of loved ones and the theme of death itself. Whether you agree with these ideas or not, this is still a very good book to listen to. Really glad that I chose this book and am looking forward to learning more from Caitlin Doughty's experiences.

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  • B. Curtis
  • 10-03-19

Traveling to gain a good death perspective

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I want to seek to more death rituals around the world and love how you also pointed out how not to act. I'm often embarrassed by the lack of tact western travellers make when being guests in sacred ritual. Incredible book that I would absolutely recommend to friends but especially family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-19

amazing and thought provoking

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this work. the author has a lovely voice and her reading style is nice to listen to, varied voice and pace.

the content was thought provoking and vivid. I could see myself alongside her and imagine the scenes easily. I found myself questioning my outlook on death and it rituals around it. I found much comfort through this book



whether you are comfortable with death or fear it I would highly recommend this audio book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-18

Made me cry

Found great comfort after my fathers passing, made me more at ease with life in general.

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  • R. Schouten
  • 30-08-18

Great!

Fascinating and educational. Told with dignity and a delightful sense of humor by the author Caitlin Doughty.
Highly recommended!