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All That Remains

A Renowned Forensic Scientist on Death, Mortality, and Solving Crimes
Written by: Sue Black
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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For fans of Caitlin Doughty, Mary Roach, and CSI shows, a renowned forensic scientist on death and mortality.

Dame Sue Black is an internationally renowned forensic anthropologist and human anatomist. She has lived her life eye to eye with the Grim Reaper, and she writes vividly about it in this book, which is part primer on the basics of identifying human remains, part frank memoir of a woman whose first paying job as a schoolgirl was to apprentice in a butcher shop, and part no-nonsense but deeply humane introduction to the reality of death in our lives. It is a treat for CSI junkies, murder mystery and thriller fans, and anyone seeking a clear-eyed guide to a subject that touches us all.

Cutting through hype, romanticism, and cliché, she recounts her first dissection; her own first acquaintance with a loved one’s death; the mortal remains in her lab and at burial sites, as well as scenes of violence, murder, and criminal dismemberment; and about investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident, or natural disaster, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She uses key cases to reveal how forensic science has developed and what her work has taught her about human nature.

Acclaimed by bestselling crime writers and fellow scientists alike, All That Remains is neither sad nor macabre. While Professor Black tells of tragedy, she also infuses her stories with a wicked sense of humor and much common sense.

©2018 Professor Dame Sue Black (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • M. Huber
  • 2019-04-02

An Interesting Delight

This book was an interesting delight to listen to, and I hope the author and narrator work together again in future as I’d love to hear more!

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  • Teej
  • 2019-08-28

Too much sap ...

this book had some interesting forensic aspects, but I purchased it anticipating a little bit more science. There was a lot of sappy reminiscences about her family and her family that died, family that were alive, and frankly I wasn't looking for a book with a bunch of nostalgia.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-06

Bad narration

To be fair, the subject matter was great, but I couldn’t get over the pseudo-robotic voice.

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  • slowbiker
  • 2019-09-08

Rigor Mortis

I could never find the 'hook' that would make me continue listening to its conclusion. I had quite different expectations than this book delivers. It is much more personal than scientific. Perhaps I wanted more existentialism or philosophy on the subjects of mortality and death. Whatever the reason, I bailed out less than two hours into it.

Ms. Dawe shouldn't try to be flippant or funny. It just seemed contrived.