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Smoke Gets in your Eyes

And Other Lessons from the Crematorium
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (304 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death.

Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying. Full of bizarre encounters, gallows humour and vivid characters (both living and very dead), this illuminating account makes this otherwise terrifying subject inviting and fascinating.

©2016 Caitlin Doughty (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Unforgettable...a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death."(Gavin Francis, Guardian)
"A zingy, fresh and possibly even important book about death...This book might change your life." ( Evening Standard)
"Upbeat, brave and brilliantly, morbidly curious...Important and timely." ( Sunday Times)

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So insightful and genuine

This was a really wonderful book. Caitlin narrated it so well it felt like I was really there with her experiencing and feeling what she was feeling, never a dull moment. I especially love how much I learnt from this book, from where our bodies go when we die to what it’s like working around so much death daily. Its a great book full of personal and genuine stories. Loved it.

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Eye opening

What an interesting journey into the world of death told with more than a dash of humour and plenty of philosophical insight. The author is right it is time to re-evaluate our archaic attitude to death. Thanks

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  • Carol
  • Mid North Coast - NSW
  • 30-01-2019

Interesting behind the scenes peek at death

I could not finish this title. The narration was excellent, and the story of what happens after death and the honest look at the business was quite interesting, but it was really done at about the 5 hour mark.

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I’m not afraid anymore

I loved this book - so funny. Make no bones about it there is nothing morbid about it!

I listened by a resort pool and had to move as I was constantly laughing out loud.

Not only is Caitlin Doughty a good writer and super smart she has a killer sense of humour.
Can’t wait until her next book.
Trish




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Well worth your time

Book exceeded expectations. Well delivered. Never booring. For young and old. Well woeth your time.

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interesting to listen to..

I listened to this, just after my nephew passed away in an accident. I think it has helped me find some closure that while I was not there in his final moments, I could be there for him to send his body off. Thank you for writing this book.

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Such a great book

This is my second time reading this book, purchasing it from a book store and now on audible. It's such a great book, full of interesting stories and tasteful jokes. I really appreciate the work Caitlin put into writing it and I would recommend it to anyone because we're all going to die. I can't wait to read her second book From Here To Eternity.

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Insightful book on cremation for all deathlings!!

Absolutely love this book and everything by Caitlin Doughty. Very interesting and real! Read it! lalalalala sorry I'm just testing out of these word will appear because it says there's a limit 😄😄😄

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Just...wow...

An entirely new way of thinking about death, in that it teaches you TO THINK ABOUT DEATH. Caitlin Doughty has the kind of emotional wisdom I can only hope to achieve myself, and more than that, the courage to share it. A fantastic read, as engaging and thought provoking as it is entertaining. I will absolutely be reading everything else Caitlin Doughty offers. Five stars, all round.

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inspiring book about a topic people avoid

interesting facts around dying and funerals as well as inspiring thoughts. a must listen for those ready to face thinking about death

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  • A. B
  • 16-08-2018

Very enjoyable, touching and interesting

I enjoyed this honest look at something we are all heading towards - Death

I learnt you can view a Cremation (Witness Cremation) instead of just watch the coffin disappear on a conveyor belt or descend into the podium which would be my choice in cremation attendance of a close loved one.

I laughed and gasped once or twice at the sad situations described. But I mostly felt uplifted and welcome this work as our society is so death averse.
It’s so much healthier to talk about it than live by pretending that death isn’t something you’ll be doing.

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  • Cat
  • 03-07-2019

Positive Views on Grief and Death

Been following Caitlin on YouTube ever since she popped up on my recommendations. A+! Recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2019

It was a great book.

Caitlin has a great voice to narrate audiobooks, I could totally listen to her reading anything.

Her life is so interesting and I hope that she makes more books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-2019

loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel it was written and performed beautifully.

the content is vivid and thought provoking. I would recommend this book whether you are comfortable with death and it's related processes and rituals or not.
we need to spread death positivity.

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  • Richard
  • 06-09-2017

A New Perspective, thank you!

I laughed, I cried, I learnt and I started to feel at peace with my existence and ever impending doom.
My 96yr old Grandad lives with me, and I have lived in fear of one morning waking to find him dead, my fear of his body and what I would do about getting rid of it asap.
After reading Caitlen's book and watching ALL her YouTube videos, I now feel at ease with death, not fearing of the dead body, and comforted with my new found ability to cope with giving him a good passing. I want to wash him where he lies, dress him in his best suit, and be in no such hurry to push him out of sight.
That embalming be completely unnecessary too.
I feel confident that I can lead my loving family through a hard time.
Thank you, and thank you for sharing your life in this book. You are awesome!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2017

A great listen!

Recently started watching Caitlin's YouTube videos and was so happy to find that she has written several books.
This books contains the same charm as her videos on YouTube and I am looking forward to listening to more of her work.
Not for the squeamish!

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  • Hannah
  • 17-10-2017

A glimpse behind the veil (or shroud)

I found Caitlin's work by stumbling across her Youtube channel. Since then I have devoured her books and found great insight in every one. Her broad knowledge and open minded sensitivity has turned my paralyzing fear of death into something I want to connect with and I encourage others to do so as well.

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  • Miss L. A. Croughan
  • 24-06-2017

Smoke gets in your eyes

Witty Funny and 110% honesty would highly recommend very unique look into the taboo world of death thank you for writing this hidden world into a rainbow of light Caitlin .

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  • S S.
  • 20-02-2017

Not for the squeamish

If you want to hear about death and the industry it generates in all its (often appalling) detail this is the book for you.
I found the book interesting and really agree with her aim of getting us back into the reality of death, and what happens to our bodies rather than the sanitised version we are sold
Recommend to anyone who isn't squeamish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-2018

You need to read this

Honestly one of the most enlightening, insightful and honest books I've ever read. Amazing! I also love the fact that Caitlyn read this herself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2017

Great book

This book really made me think. Through funny anecdotes and thought provoking stories Caitlin made me think about the way we approach death as a Western society. I also really enjoyed the informative aspect of it, learning about other cultures and societies and their approach to death. I cried tears of laughter and of sadness. It was also so well read.

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  • Jennyjaffacakes
  • 30-05-2019

Death Becomes us

loved this so much I binged on it one go. I will definitely go back and listen again.

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  • Mr. R. Mallia
  • 06-01-2017

My first foray into Audible

This is the first book I purchased on Audible. What a great choice. This is really well done and I really love the subject matter and the passion with which the author narrated it. Really happy I chose this book and I look forward to many more.

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  • Beth
  • 08-05-2019

Death, I no longer fear ye

The lessons this book has taught me in the 7 day span I have listened to it are going to be immensely important to how I approach my life and death! This book carries the important message that we should accept the inevitable and learn to live with it and appreciate it! Through the way Caitlin tells her story, you can tell there is so much passion behind everything she stands for, there is sadness for things lost but also her approach to the whimsical side of this feared thing... Definitely recommend!!

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