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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

240 ratings


Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, "Ask a Mortician", Caitlin’s engaging narrative style makes this otherwise scary topic both approachable and profound. Caitlin Doughty, the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death, is on a mission to change the way we think about death.

©2014 Caitlin Doughty (P)2014 Recorded Books

Narrator: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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From Here to Eternity

188 ratings


The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with "dignity". Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. Grandpa's mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning - including a glowing Buddha columbarium in Japan and America's only open-air pyre - and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals. Author bio: Mortician Caitlin Doughty - host and creator of Ask a Mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and cofounded Death Salon. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA.

©2017 Caitlin Doughty (P)2017 Recorded Books

Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

183 ratings


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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Fragen Sie Ihren Bestatter


Caitlin Doughty ist Amerikas berühmteste Bestatterin. In ihrem Bestseller befreit sie den Tod von etlichen Tabus - und den Hörer von der Scheu, sich mit ihm zu beschäftigen. Den Vorhang zwischen hier und dort zu lüften kann nämlich ungemein befreiend wirken, vorausgesetzt, man hört einer mutigen Erzählerin zu, die die letzten Dinge so ausspricht, wie sie eben sind.   Schon mit Anfang 20 weiß Caitlin, dass Tote ihre Berufung sind und sie beginnt nach ihrem Studium bei einem Krematorium zu arbeiten. Mit Humor und Offenherzigkeit erzählt sie von ihrem ungewöhnlichen Beruf, lässt teilhaben an höchst skurrilen Erlebnissen, philosophiert, gibt erfrischende Ratschläge - kurz: die beste Begleiterin durch beide Welten! In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2016 C. H. Beck Verlag (P)2016 Bonnevoice Hörbuchverlag GmbH

Length: 9 hrs
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