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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Georgia Bragg Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Best-selling author Georgia Bragg delights young people with her quirky characters and unique subject matter. How They Croaked provides all the gory details of the awful ends of 19 awfully famous people. It details Ludwig Van Beethoven's expansive finale, Henry VII's explosive end, Albert Einstein's great brain escape, and Marie Curie's glowing demise.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassi | 2/17/2014

    " Fun historical gross-outs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 2/16/2014

    " Another fun nonfiction book for adolescents. I think middle schoolers would love this. To me, knowing the actual history behind some of these tales, the author seems biased in her viewpoints, but nothing distracting. Again, the target audience is adolescents, and I think they would love this book. There's just enough gore and gross stuff to keep them interested, and just enough history to be good for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R | 2/16/2014

    " It is exactly what you'd expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/10/2014

    " I think, as a kid, I would have gobbled this book up. The adult in me wants more information about the lives of all the people included. Luckily for me, there is a section at the end with more information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Bloom | 2/3/2014

    " Very funny throughout, lots of interesting details, but... I was really bothered by the Afterword. There really and truly was no need for a didactic, "these people never gave up and that's what made them so great and YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!!!" ending to the otherwise cheeky and fun narrative. Especially considering the target age range of the book! Anyway, it dropped this one from a maybe-5 star to barely-3 star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/31/2014

    " Lots of fun for a book about death :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Rosales | 1/26/2014

    " When you hear that someone famous dies, you think what happened? When someone states something so broad, you take that information in and think oh, ok. This book narrows how 19 famous figures died and gives you a deep look into how, why, and so much more. Some of the famous ends to King Tut, Cleopatra, Henry VIII, Pocahontas, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Darwin are all in this book, just to name a few. This book is geared at 10 years and up. Most may not think this might be an appropriate age, but nonetheless it is history and at age 10 I was watching Faces of Death. This book is at least more educational than that. A few facts that most people might not know are in this book. The story I enjoyed most was King Tut, who has yet to rest in piece because they keep digging him up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/17/2014

    " This book is fun and interesting. I'm going to use it for school visits this Spring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/14/2014

    " This was a great book. I think it would be a hit with many reluctant readers. Each section is short, informative and to the point. There is a great mix of facts (some of which I didn't even know) and gore! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/5/2014

    " This was very good, but I'd only offer it to older elementary or middle school kids. Some very racy stuff in there! Of course, that's what you get when you're profiling people who've married their cousins and beheaded wives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris Herrmann | 1/2/2014

    " Great Middle School read. Students become engrossed in non-fiction, historically accurate biographies that are fun and interesting. Where was this book when I was teaching reluctant readers? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 12/28/2013

    " Granted this was written for middle-school age students but I enjoyed these morbid profiles of how some famous folks died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/6/2013

    " I found this book to be hilarious, yet gross. There truly are some awful ways to die, especially without medicine and this book doesn't shy from talking about them. The author does bring humor into her story telling which, for me, made the gore and pain a littl easier to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Z | 12/4/2013

    " Sure to appeal to all those who like anything semi-gross, especially upper-elementary and middle school boys. Ok--many of the girls and numerous adults will enjoy it, too! I know I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Prasch | 11/14/2013

    " This book was very informative and fun to read. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but enjoyed it. The author did a great job with the tone and chose interesting people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tehemamma | 10/1/2013

    " Very interesting book and my students love it. Children that I have never seen read are asking to borrow this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leon | 8/22/2013

    " Well written and funny. Good book for kids around Halloween. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/12/2013

    " Informative and informative. A breeze to read because Georgia Bragg has such an entertaining voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moni | 12/1/2012

    " Very informative. And disgusting. An excellent combination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Bergin | 11/1/2012

    " This is a really interesting book that students of all ages could enjoy. It would be great to use in a history class, and small chunks of the book could be covered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 9/3/2012

    " Bought this for Jack, and I don't think he's opened it. Tried to give it to Andy, but he was freaked out by the cover -- so I ended up reading it. Interesting and amusing! I knew about Henry VIII and his exploding corpse, but hadn't heard about Elizabeth I sitting on the floor for three weeks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/10/2012

    " very fun! Wondering about booktalks??? Too gory? Maybe end of the year for the 8th graders "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/6/2011

    " What a morbidly fascinating read! Entertaining and full of interesting little facts, this was the perfect read for Halloween. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irasema | 10/31/2011

    " Fun read on a Halloween night! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margy | 10/25/2011

    " Interesting little tidbits about famous historical figures and their deaths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 10/18/2011

    " This is the kind of non-fiction book I wanted to read when I was 12. Hooray! Kids are going to LOVE this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/17/2011

    " More than how they died, the gritty details of how these people suffered throughout their lives. Plus fun facts between chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/7/2011

    " What can I say ... I had no idea Henry VIII exploded. And Pres. Garfield is in it (already knew that story). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/22/2011

    " very fun! Wondering about booktalks??? Too gory? Maybe end of the year for the 8th graders "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/11/2011

    " KBA middle school nom. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/7/2011

    " Loved this and it was very informative! I originally got it for my daughters to read but last night picked it up and found it very entertaining. Would make a great Halloween gift for the tween in your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/4/2011

    " This book is disgusting, informative, and captivating. Perfect for a middle school gross-out read. "

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About the Author

Georgia Bragg is the author of How They Croaked as well as Matisse on the Loose, a middle-grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats.