Past Mortems

  • by Carla Valentine
  • Narrated by Imogen Church
  • 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A day in the life of Carla Valentine - curator, pathology technician and 'death professional' - is not your average day. She spent 10 years training and working as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist: where the mortuary slab was her desk and that day's corpses her task list.
Past Mortems tells Carla's stories of those years and investigates the body alongside our attitudes towards death - shedding light on what the living can learn from the dead and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out. Fascinating and insightful, Past Mortems reveals the truth about what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes.

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Excruciating narration.

I'd love to be able to leave a review based on the book itself but I couldn't get past the absolutely excruciating efforts of the narrator. The story is told in a style that flits between irritating and weirdly condescending, and characters' voices are performed in a way that is literally painful to listen to.
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- "ace_of_spades815"

Requesting a refund

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Im only two hours in and requesting a refund... not exciting at all


What was most disappointing about Carla Valentine’s story?

The narrator is awful, her voice just irritated me.


Would you be willing to try another one of Imogen Church’s performances?

Absolutely not


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, it was boring.


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- Georgette B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK