Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, groundbreaking research, and Val McDermid's own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.
Along the way McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one's time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. It's a journey that will take McDermid to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites and bring her into contact with both extraordinary bravery and wickedness as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 20 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 07, 2015|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,540 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Forensic Science (Audible Books & Originals)
#4 in Criminal & Forensic Psychology
#23 in Medical Forensic Psychology
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I personally will look for something with more of the science in it. I wasn't expecting a book loaded with scientific information, so I wasn't disappointed. I've learned to read the reviews of other readers so that doesn't happen to me. On the whole, a good basic book on forensics to start out with.
There's significant value in the author's rigor, but this book left me wanting. Some of this is likely my fault because I'd prefer to wander through the reeds of minutiae of each specialty. At least a little bit it's because the author doesn't very well wrap up each segment, so I had a bunch of "What happened after that?!" moments.
'Forensics' does serve as a launchpad for further reading, and for that reason I'll probably suggest it to others with relevant interests.
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To the person who “ stopped reading when the author said there were 209 bones in the human body, when there are actually 206 “, you’re completely wrong - in the bodies of children there can be more bones because the growth plates haven’t closed and some adults have an extra pair of ribs and some adults have one pair missing - bone count in the human body can vary - I’ve got missing bones from one foot - I was born that way and I’m also minus a kidney due to kidney agenesis .
Also, the other daft comment about how insensitive someone found the “ fly” motif at the beginning of each chapter - you’re missing the point entirely- flies and entomology in general is an incredible phenomenon that helps us timeframe murders and ultimately,returns all our bodies to the earth through decay - it’s completely normal - sanitizing death wasn’t a “ thing” during Victorian times and beyond - death was part of life .
You have nothing to fear from the dead or dead bodies - it’s the living that should scare you.
An excellent read for anyone interested in crime investigation- I found the part about computer crime especially interesting because I used to do that very job when I headed up a team of fraud auditors who worked with the police when systems ran on simple DOS programs - Windows 95 had a lot to answer for !!
And much of that was thanks to this book.
It's non-fiction, and gives us case studies of crimes and criminals, some we know of, some we may not, but doing so in a way that gets us close to the men and women involved, knowing their jobs, their reasons for being in such roles, and how the field is changing. Each chapter covers a different element of crime and forensics, from the evolution of finger-print evidence, to face reconstruction using computers and clay!
As someone who wants to write a string of my own criminal works, I wanted to read this more as a study than for entertainment, but I couldn't put it down. Five hours into my journey South and I was still hooked! Then when I got to London, I was finding any excuse to get back into it.
Whether you want to learn or be entertained, it's a good book. I want more!
Using real-life cases (some well known, some not so) this book takes you through several different areas of forensics such as pathology, toxicology etc and explains a little about what a practitioner does, their roles and responsibilities, famous cases in which the role was developed... it's brilliant!
Each chapter gives a nice historical background to each of the forensic specialties: fingerprinting, pathology, toxicology etc, usually with the help of a few landmark cases, and the associated pioneers of the science; it then goes on to showcase the development of each with further examples of their uses in solving crimes or enhancing crime detection.
But as anyone who has studied, or read about forensic science will know, each of these chapters has is worthy of and has standard reference works of their own, and so by the very nature of the beast this can only ever be a good overview, albeit a very entertaining and informative one.
I actually found that I preferred to read chapters out of sequence with the listing, or choosing one which I was particularly fascinated by; after all there's no whodunnit ending to spoil by starting at the back and working your way towards the start!!
I think that The book itself is really good. But don't see why it was released again with different name.