Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd (Mini Audiobook Review)

Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd

Unnatural CausesFormat: Audiobook

Source: BorrowBox

Publisher: Penguin

Genres: Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Biography

Narrator: Dr Richard Shepherd

Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

Publication Date: 18th September 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

“As the UK’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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Recently I’ve really started to enjoy reading medical memoir’s/biographies and when I came across this one on BorrowBox I just knew I had to give it a go.

Unnatural causes is based on the memoir/autobiography of Dr Richard Shepherd and his time as a top forensic pathologist in Britain. The book is written over a period of time and is full of lots interesting information. I thought this book was really well written and full of information and descriptions. I really enjoyed the clinical descriptions as well as hearing about his personal struggles. Everything written in the book felt to the point and never felt to get too personal and mushy.

There were some sections in the book that were a little difficult to listen to, and these were mainly because they involved heart-breaking details of the child autopsies that Dr Shepherd had carried out during his career.

This book felt quite fast paced considering the type of book it is but I think that is mainly because the book tends to jump from case to case quite quickly.

This was a very insightful and interesting read and would definitely recommend it to anyone who are fans of true crime and who are interested in forensic pathology.

My Rating


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  1. Great review, Mani! Glad to hear that this one was fast paced 🙂 One of the main reasons I hesitate to read NF (especially medical ones) is the pacing because often times they can be quite slow and … a bit of a slog through the details! I guess you’d recommend this as an audiobook?

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    • Oh yes please Laura, that would be great!!! I’m really getting into medical memoirs at the moment. Going to pick up my next one from the library today. I’m picking up Twas The Night before Christmas by Adam Kay. Loved his 1st book.

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