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Unnatural Causes

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Description

Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd, in the true crime book of the year - brought to you by Penguin.

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

He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.

He has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including investigating some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11.

He has faced serial killers, natural disasters, 'perfect murders' and freak accidents.

His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

Yet all this has come at a huge personal cost.

Written and narrated by Dr Richard Shepherd, Unnatural Causes tells the story of not only the cases and bodies that have haunted him the most, but also how to live a life steeped in death.

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

Commentaires

"Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel." (Guardian

"Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing." (Richard and Judy, Daily Express)

"Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate." (Obersver

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Katherine Hamilton
  • 21/06/2020

It's worth the time

The narrator is terrible. I loved the content though. He was good and talking about his expereince both professionally and emotionally. I'm a therapist, I loved how he talked about how his childhood affected him as an adult, carrying over into his marriage and parenting style. That makes it sound like he doesn't share the good stuff but he does. It's crazy to think that those guys aren't affected. Just the narrator though.

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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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  • Ruthi
  • 12/10/2020

Excellent memoir

rating - 5/5 stars book title, author & narrator for screen readers - “Unnatural Causes: The Extraordinary Life & Career of Britain’s Foremost Forensic Pathologist” by Dr Richard Shepherd, narrated by him as well after Googling “unusual nonfiction,” I discovered this book on a London forensic pathologist’s career & cases, plus a bit of his non-working life. it definitely has not disappointed me so far & is probably one of my favorite memoirs I’ve read this year. I’ve learned so much, and it has two of my biggest learning interests in it - forensics & medical science! definitely a worth while book to purchase especially on audiobook as it really feels as though Dr Richard Shepherd is sat down next to you, telling you his life story. if you’re at all into: true crime, forensic science or medical science, definitely grab “Unnatural Causes: The Extraordinary Life & Career of Britain’s Foremost Forensic Pathologist” by Dr Richard Shepherd, narrated by him as well.

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  • m foreal
  • 04/08/2020

Engrossing detail and journey

Thank you so much for sharing your personal story as well as so much of your career details. I find this subject mysterious, amazing and enthralling. I can’t seem to get enough of hearing how the knowledge gained with each case helps on future cases. None of this seems morbid to me at all-I might be quite like the daughter mentioned in the book-perhaps I missed my calling.