Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • by Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by Caitlin Doughty
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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If you could sum up Smoke Gets in Your Eyes in three words, what would they be?

realities of death


What did you like best about this story?

Ms. Doughty is genuine and caring, graphic and honest about a subject that is often presented very clinically or euphemistically, when presented at all.


What about Caitlin Doughty’s performance did you like?

I prefer memoirs that are read by their authors because tone of voice, even when reading a well-written book, communicates so many nuances of meaning. She told her story well.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could not get enough of this book. I was so disappointed to reach its end.


Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this book. Its vital message is presented so well that everyone will enjoy it too.

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- Roxi "Roxi"

Really Great to Listen to.

Would you consider the audio edition of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version, but I really liked this as audio, it reminded me of listening to stories on NPR. I Listened to it everyday on my way to work, or when I was doing random stuff around the house. It was nice to be able to hear it and be transported away from the task at hand.


What does Caitlin Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was nice to hear her read it. I'm an avid fan of Ask a Mortician, so it just made sense to not just read it myself but hear it from her point of view. It really sends home that this was her experience and just a random work of fiction.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I never wanted to get out of my car, I'd get to work and sit there until the very last second before I would become tardy.


Any additional comments?

This was my first purchase on Audible and it really turned me on to listening to audio books on my commute instead of random radio. Check out The Order of the Good Death too, all of Doughty's stuff is awesome!

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- Karissa Hribko

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books