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Homeless Bodies and Other Stories

Length: 6 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

Homeless Bodies and Other Stories is an original fiction podcast featuring audio-exclusive short stories from award-winning authors and Sunday Times best-sellers, inspired by objects & artefacts from Wellcome Collection’s permanent exhibition, 'Medicine Man', in London.

Exploring themes of otherness, humanity, history, society and belief, Homeless Bodies and Other Stories brings together a gripping collection of tales that are unsettlingly eerie and provokingly current. Objects that inspired Audible’s collection of stories include: a trepanned skull, drilled with holes to release trapped spirits; an iron scold’s bridle, used to punish ‘gossiping’ women; a 19th Century fragment of tattooed skin; a phrenology skull and an 18th Century wax vanitas head.

With six original, audio-exclusive stories, the collection includes brand new writing from: Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, Laura Purcell, Sarah Moss, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Haroun Khan.

Homeless Bodies and Other Stories sees these six authors probe the dark and twisted corners of humanity in an attempt to better understand ourselves and our place in the world with stories crafted specifically for the spoken-word. Before their stories, listeners will hear each of the authors in conversation with Wellcome’s curators as they find out more about their chosen object’s history.

With original musical composition and stirring sound design by Hana Walker-Brown.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

©2019 Laura Purcell, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, Haroun Khan, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Sarah Moss (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Chilling." (The Times)

"If you have a taste for the macabre, then this is an engagingly morbid listen." (SFX)

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  • Mo
  • 31-10-19

Wonderfully dark, beautiful pieces!

Loved every single one of these. The writing is gorgeously creepy and the music is so atmospheric.

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Interested idea poorly executed

The basic premise of the show has potential: Show six authors around the Wellcome Collection's Medicine Man exhibit and challenge them to write a short story about a particular item they find exciting. I really wanted to like it.
Unfortunately the creativity of the authors is severely lacking resulting in confused plots where nothing really happens. No momentum builds up as the stories progress and I was left with the feeling that the stories never got out of first gear. Perhaps this is because the authors are more used to writing full length novels, but at the end of each episode, I had the same thought: 'oh, is that it?'.
Its clear a lot of effort has gone into the production, and the mostly excellent performances of the narrators and music occasionally make you forget about the weakness of the underlying story.
I hope audible continues the series, despite this false start, with a new set of authors more used to writing short stories.

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Could not finish

l listened to the first story in full, despite the long-winded and tedious introduction. I found it slow and unconvincing. The plot, such as it was, was flimsy and lacked a fulfilling climax.
The introductions of the next two stories were so lengthy and laborious, with the authors preaching about their particular points of view in a rather hectoring manner, that I could not listen further.
I fell asleep during the fourth story and gave up.

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  • Avril
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  • 31-10-19

Maybe it’s because I have flu

Pretentious and uninteresting will try again when I’m better not very absorbing at all, sorry

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