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Morbid Curiosity

Morbid Curiosity

A list of non-fiction audiobooks that illuminate the intricacies of the human body, real events, and what happens when the grim reaper comes to call.

Playlist Tags: genre: Nonfiction topic: death mortality nonfiction topic: science science

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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Big Questions from Tiny Mortals

By Caitlin Doughty
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop... Read more »

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The Lady and Her Monsters

A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece

By Roseanne Montillo
Narrated by: Cat Gould
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Motillo brings to life the fascinating times, startling science, and real-life horrors behind Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Montillo recounts how—at the intersection of the Romantic Age and the Industrial Revolution—Shelley's Victor Frankenstein was inspired by actual scientists of the... Read more »

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The Chick and the Dead

Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors

By Carla Valentine
Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

Carla Valentine works with the dead. After studying forensics, she assisted pathologists with post-mortems for years before becoming the curator of the world's most famous pathology museum. When it comes to death, she truly is an expert, and in this book she shares that expertise.

Using the most common post-mortem process as the backbone of the... Read more »

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Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

By Atul Gawande
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending


Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable...

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Body of Work

Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab

By Christine Montross
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes

This is a hauntingly moving memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and the first-year medical student who cuts her open.

Christine Montross was a nervous first-year medical student, standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class, preparing herself for what was to come. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables... Read more »

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Miracle in the Andes - Abridged

72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

By Nando Parrado & Vince Rause
Narrated by: Josh Davis
Length: 5 hours 58 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A harrowing, moving memoir of the 1972 plane crash that left its survivors stranded on a glacier in the Andes—and one man’s quest to lead them all home

“In straightforward, staggeringly honest prose, Nando Parrado tells us what it took—and what it actually felt like—to survive high in the Andes for seventy-two days... Read more »

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When Death Becomes Life

Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

By Joshua D. Mezrich
Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

"With When Death Becomes Life, Joshua Mezrich has performed the perfect core biopsy of transplantation—a clear and compelling account of the grueling daily work, the spell-binding history and the unsettling ethical issues that haunt this miraculous lifesaving treatment. Mezrich's compassionate and honest voice, punctuated by a sharp and...

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When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi
Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

When Breath Becomes Air

“With a message both mournful and life-affirming, When Breath Becomes Air chronicles a young doctor's journey from literature student to promising neurosurgeon and finally to a patient in his own hospital after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Always profound, never sentimental, this important book refuses to take refuge in platitudes, instead facing mortality with honesty and humility. Written in engaging prose and filled with penetrating insights, this story is relevant to everyone and will captivate fans of memoir, literature, philosophy, and popular science alike. Lyrical passages of great beauty and vulnerability are deftly balanced by bright, candid moments of joy and even humor. Come prepared with plenty of tissues; over and over again this exquisite book will break your heart.”

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Cannibalism

By Bill Schutt
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

Eating one's own kind is a completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons related to famine, burial rites, and medicine. Cannibalism has also been used as a form of terrorism and as the ultimate expression of filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of... Read more »

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Heart: A History

By Sandeep Jauhar
Narrated by: Rajiv Dadia
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

The spark of life, fount of emotion, house of the soul--the heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence. It's so bound up in our deepest feelings that it can physically change shape when we experience emotional trauma.

For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was... Read more »

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Gory Details

By Erika Engelhaupt
Narrated by: Mari Weiss
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic's popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross,... Read more »

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Underground

The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

By Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: Feodor Chin, Ian Anthony Dale & Janet Song
Length: 13 hours 32 minutes

In this haunting work of journalistic investigation, Haruki Murakami tells the story of the horrific terrorist attack on Japanese soil that shook the entire world.
 
On a clear spring day in 1995, five members of a religious cult unleashed poison gas on the Tokyo subway system. In attempt to discover why, Haruki Murakmi talks to the people who... Read more »

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Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)

A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

By Sallie Tisdale
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

You get ready to die the way you get ready for a trip. Start by realizing you don't know the way. Read a few travel guides. Study the language, look at maps, gather equipment. Let yourself imagine what it will be like. Pack your bags. This book is one of those travel guides—a guide to preparing for your own death and the deaths of people close... Read more »

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Intern

A Doctor's Initiation

By Sandeep Jauhar
Narrated by: Sandeep Jauhar
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Intern is Sandeep Jauhar's story of his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question our every assumption about medical care today. Residency—and especially the first year, called internship—is legendary for its brutality. Working eighty hours or more per week, most new doctors spend their...

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Stiff

The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By Mary Roach
Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

For 2,000 years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory... Read more »

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Patient Zero

A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases

By Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 14 hours 17 minutes

A very timely history of disease outbreaks, from the authors of Quackery: stories of outbreaks (and their patient zeros), plus chapters on the science, culture, and cures for different types of epidemics and pandemics. Popular reading on a timely topic.

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Death's Acre - Abridged

Inside the Legendary Forensics Lab--The Body Farm--Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

By Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson
Narrated by: George Grizzard
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: On a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in... Read more »

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