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Unnatural Causes

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Unnatural Causes written and read by Dr Richard Shepherd. 

The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak....

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead.

When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

From serial killer to natural disaster, perfect murder to freak accident, Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth. And while he's been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it's often the less well known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity's darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn't flinch from counting the cost to him and his family. 

Unnatural Causes is a record of an extraordinary life, a unique insight into a remarkable profession, and above all a powerful and reassuring testament to lives cut short.

©2018 Dr Richard Shepherd (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Fine, but bloated

Not really a memoir about the forensic cases, as I would have preferred, but more an autobiography. Which is fine, just not entirely what I was hoping for. A true crime fan hoping for many cases and details about homicides and post-mortems will be frustrated by the many chapters about marriage, family, and pressures of daily life.

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  • CHET YARBROUGH
  • 30/04/2019

UNNATURAL CAUSES

Dr. Richard Shepard is an English forensic pathologist. In a cathartic examination of his profession, Shepard reveals how obsessiveness is a boon and bane in life. From youth to late middle age, Shepard reflects on his life.

In “Unnatural Causes”, Shepard examines the causes of others’ death. With ever-present foreshadowing, a listener recognizes a man who is going to experience a mid-life crisis.

Shepard explains how political pressure from the public, the police, and the judicial system influences diagnosis of death. The public may want to know the “cause of death” because of preconceived notions. The police may want to know the “cause of death: because of their perception of someone’s guilt or innocence. The judicial system may want “cause of death” based on witnesses for the defense or prosecution. To Shepard, what someone wants is not relevant. Only the truth is relevant.

Both the personal and public crises Shepard faces will resonate with anyone who has obsessively pursued a career and had his/her personal integrity challenged.

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  • Shannon L. Nachajko
  • 14/11/2019

Give this one a chance

This book starts off very ho hum and I am an Osteologist. It does get much better and I am glad I stuck with it. You will be happy you did to!

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  • Grainne Whelan
  • 10/06/2019

Highly recommend

This book came highly recommended by a solicitor colleague and in turn I’m recommending it highly. For the first time ever I have read a book that recognises vicarious trauma and I am deeply grateful for same. It is a fascinating reflection on a distinguished career. It’s is truthful and not at all glamorous. Thank you.

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  • Michael
  • 22/09/2019

Interesting but Lacking

This is a mildly interesting book that discusses the profession of forensic pathologist, including his youthful interest in the subject and the personal effects of the profession upon himself and his family. There are numerous stories unfolding the mysteries of unusual deaths and insider tales of the trade.

Unfortunately the author is unreliable. The book lacks the self-insight necessary in a great memoir. Sometime this is just a lack of introspection, sometimes it is a lack of empathy, sometimes it is a lack of honesty. If this book were just stories about forensics, it would have been fine, but it attempts to be both that, and a memoir about the author and his life. This memoir was far from ripe.

I could not recommend this book even though I enjoyed (and learned from) a number of the stories.

The book is very well narrated by the author.

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  • C. Willis
  • 25/10/2018

Dark, Fascinating and Compelling

What a great listen for my first book back on Audible. The topic wasn't something that I thought I would interested in, (I'm not the biggest fan of blood), but this book, while dark and gory at times, kept me listening.

The details of Dr Shepherds personal life are entwined with stories that British listeners will recognize instantly, and this mix cuts through the sensationalism of those stories and presents them, guts and all, in a way that makes them all the more real.

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  • Zoesmydog
  • 21/06/2019

Boring!

Half thru. Can't take another minute. Idgaf about his childhood, kids, wife, etc. I have advanced medical training and am fascinated w forensics. I expected to hear interesting medical cases. Nope 85% about himself. Skip it

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  • LG H
  • 11/01/2020

This is a must

I so enjoyed this book. Written with so much heart. Respect for the dead in trying to search out the cause of death, at the same time telling his own personal story of how this effects his family and his own health. I will read it again.

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  • 520 8698064
  • 02/01/2020

unnatural causes

This book was interesting and helpful. The reading was decent and the story which is factual but has the feeling the real.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 10/12/2019

Very interesting!

Dr.Shepherd is a brilliant man with obvious social disadvantages, no doubt influenced by his childhood. People are CHOSEN for this type of profession because psychologically, not everyone is capable of it. I admire his dedication and empathy of of victims/criminals, and hope Dr. Shepherd has passed his knowledge on to the present and future pathologists.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13/06/2019

Great listen!

This doctor is both an interesting person and a dedicated physician. He pulls no punches either in his professional life nor his personal life. I find myself feeling sorry that his story of medicolegal journey won’t be going on due to what I find silly changes in the system. I’d listen to him reading anything