I really enjoy listening to nonfiction as audiobooks. They’re easier to get through for me, probably because they force me to slow down and pay more attention – which is kind of important if you want to retain information. This month, I decided to listen to a memoir that has been on my TBR for over two years. And I completely regretted not reading/listening to it sooner. Because I loved it! And it is not only a great pick for Nonfiction November, it also makes a great spooky read for October, so I decided to make it this month’s Audiobook of the Month:
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Narrated by the author
7 hours and 44 minutes
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a memoir about Caitlin Doughty’s experience working in a funeral home and crematory. And it is definitely not for people with a weak stomach. Because she goes into a lot of detail about what our society does to our bodies after we die. And it’s not pleasant. (For the record, I would like to be cremated and no one better even think about embalming my body. A Tibetan Sky Burial is also acceptable.) But it was fascinating to learn about. Not only does Doughty discuss common practices, she shares a lot of funny – and disgusting – anecdotes. I have zero desire to work in a funeral home, but it was interesting to experience that just a little bit through this book.
Authors reading their own audiobooks, particularly when that book is nonfiction, is almost always amazing. And I think Doughty does a great job narrating this book. I actually immediately moved on to another audiobook of hers that she also narrates: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Obviously I’m in a dark nonfiction phase right now, but I don’t see any problem with this. Who isn‘t curious as to whether your cat will eat you if you die? (Verdict: probably, but your dog will definitely eat you first.) Like I said, this is an awesome book to read/listen to if you’re looking for something a little creepy or if you want to read some great nonfiction. Five out of five stars from me. I would highly recommend it!
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Smoke Gets in Your Eyes as one of your two free books!
If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations (especially nonfiction).
If you’re interested in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, you might also enjoy my August Audiobook of the Month: Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright.