• Written in Bone

  • Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind
  • By: Sue Black
  • Narrated by: Sue Black
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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By: Sue Black
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In her memoir All That Remains, internationally renowned forensic anthropologist and human anatomist Dame Sue Black recounted her life lived eye to eye with the Grim Reaper. During the course of it, she offered a primer on the basics of identifying human remains, plenty of insights into the fascinating processes of death, and a sober, compassionate understanding of its inescapable presence in our existence, all leavened with her wicked sense of humor. Now in this book, Black builds on that memoir, taking us on a guided tour of the human skeleton and explaining how each person's life history is revealed in their bones, which she calls "the last sentinels of our mortal life to bear witness to the way we lived it". 

Her narrative follows the skeleton from the top of the skull to the small bones in the foot. Each step of the journey includes an explanation of the biology - how the bone is formed in a person's development, how it changes as we age, the secrets it may hold - and is illustrated with anecdotes from the author's career helping solve crimes and identifying human remains, whether recent or historical. Full of entertaining stories that appear like scenes from a true-life CSI drama, Written in Bone is infused with humor and no-nonsense practicality about the realities of corpses and death.

©2021 Sue Black (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A very human story by a very believable human

I am really, really glad that the author read her own book aloud. Her voice and verbal stresses made the material come to life. I learned a great deal from this clearly brilliant and interesting lady. I gave it a perfect rating as I read it over two days and it kept my very active interest the whole time. And, I will read it again some day. I do that with very few books, but this will be one of them.

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If you have any interest in forensics or anatomy…This book is for you!

Absolutely wonderful! The subject matter is covered in great detail. Cases are described with the respect they deserve; but Sue Black does have a great sense of humor and it shines through. Her narration is sheer perfection. I will be listening the this book multiple times. I hope she narrates more.

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Don’t miss this one!

I could not quit listening. I got absolutely nothing done for the 2+ days, because I was so absorbed in her stories, I didn’t want to be distracted. Now that it’s over, I have that strange, lost feeling of coming back to reality. But I’m left with so much to think about. Thank you, Sue Black, for sharing your experiences with us!

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MUST LISTEN!!!

Professor Dame Susan Black is truly one of the most amazing people to ever walk this Earth. Her knowledge, experience and ability to tell a story are one of a kind. Absolutely brilliant!

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Wow, don’t miss this book!

What a thrilling combination of science, forensics and suspense! A good scientist, writer and the rare addition of good narrator. In the midst of all that… a poignant, vulnerable window into her own life. And I even laughed at her interesting take on my own profession as a foot specialist. This is a gem of a book. I enthusiastically recommend.

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A new favorite

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So interesting, informative and enlightening. So well written and read. The ending is amazing.
Thank you Sue Black for all that you have contributed to your practice and to humanity. 🙏🏼

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