From Here to Eternity

  • by Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by Caitlin Doughty
  • 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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fun and interesting look at funereal stuff

The author clearly is fascinated by human dying, funeral practices, and remains disposal, and that makes for a delightful book about her travels to look at these practices around the world. The realities she describes are interesting and so uncommonly discussed in the US, it's nice to be able to bring it out into the light of examination. She brings a lighthearted style in her reflections on the practices, too. It's a fun listen. The author is the reader, and her pace is just slightly too fast, in my opinion (most players can adjust speed, I took her down to 90% speed). The sound production really needs some equalization to boost treble and reduce bass because she often tends to move the sound to the back of her throat at the end of sentences.
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I very much enjoyed!

I immediately downloaded this after listening to her first book, which I also really liked. I have recommended it to several friends, which I almost never do.
I wish I could find more memoir/educational books like this.
The narration is good. Her voice is a little strange, but in a way that adds character and she reads at a good pace. I like when people can narrate their own books successfully, and the author does a good job.
I hope she will write more on this subject :)
This was well worth the download, and I have a hard time believing anyone would be disappointed in the book if they are even marginally interested in the subject matter.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books