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Download Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 5 3.12 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Williams Narrator: Liz Holliss Publisher: Isis Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting and funny. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Paterra | 1/25/2014

    " Fascinating look at the coroner's office. But a bit disturbing that you need know background or training. Just show up and they'll train you on the job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richda Mcnutt | 1/23/2014

    " Not a literary masterpiece by any means, but an interesting view of a British morgue attendant's day-to-day activities. Did you know that proper evisceration produces a chain link of organs which start at the tongue and proceed on to heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys, and liver all connected to each other? You will discover other little tidbits like this throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawna | 1/21/2014

    " When this author stuck to the morgue her book was enjoyable. What I wanted to read about was her learning the ropes of her new job. The bodies, the problems, the anxieties etc. However, when she meandered off into talking about her boyfriend, their dogs, and her family's holidays, I got very bored. I also noticed two different typos in the book. Editor! Also if I had to hear this woman say "we worked like beavers" or "he had hands like shovels" again, I was going to scream. I didn't realize when I got it that this book is about the English system, so included along with the gore were many asides about pubs and tea. (Yawn.) I'd say, let this one pass you by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 1/18/2014

    " This was a pretty good read. The stories about the people in the morgue were very entertaining but I did not care much for the parts about the Authors family and stuff. I think the book would have been better if she just would have stuck to the stories of the morgue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/4/2014

    " Michelle Williams is by no means the greatest writer, but this was a fascinating subject to read about as far as getting the 'inside' look (no pun intended...well, maybe a little) of a mortuary technician's grueling job caring for the deceased. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Michalski | 12/21/2013

    " Although I'm usually a big fan of Soft Skull's offerings, I actually couldn't finish this. Chapters were crafted poorly, and Williams is not a writer. An editor should have stepped up and made this book more readable and compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Calvin | 12/2/2013

    " Egads. What a dreary book. Should have been totally fascinating, but read like a GCSE essay about work experience. Naff and clumsy. Shame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/21/2013

    " I had hoped this book would be better than a 3, even though it was a random book I chose off the library shelf. It wasn't a bad book but it was kind of boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/20/2013

    " Light hearted and easy reading (although I used the CD talking book), finished it in a day or so of gardening. As the jacket states "neither gruesome nor sad" but is lightly educational although I would have preferred more on the educational side "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/22/2013

    " The topic is interesting, and the prose pretty good. But the book never transcends the funny anecdote aesthetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 3/13/2013

    " Very interesting. Michelle Williams takes you down into the life working in a mortuary. A good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 12/19/2012

    " It was a mildly interesting book for the medical bits and forensic revelations. However, for the most part it reads like a diary and was not very captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 11/16/2012

    " A little simplistic, but an interesting, fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ericka De | 10/30/2012

    " Really fascinating look at what happens to the dead and the people that facilitate the necessary steps taken after death. Obviously not for the sensitive or faint of heart, but there is no gratuitous description here. Just the facts as they are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/29/2012

    " Needs a British-to-English translation. I'd imagine the British loved this book but its slang makes it almost incomprehensible to Yanks. Imagine the most Anglophile Squeeze song published as a mortician's memoir. That's what this is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redfox5 | 4/25/2012

    " I wouldn't mind being a Mortuary Technician. Very interesting. Michelle tells her story well. With a mix of her work and personal life and how one affects the other. I shed a few tears for Gramps. Chuckled at some of the banter they have going. Good read. "

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