OCME: Life in America’s Top Forensic Medical Center

Highbridge Audio. Feb. 2023. 7:23 hrs. ISBN 9781696611794. $19.99. MED
Paramedic-turned-journalist Goldfarb (18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics) happened into the perfect job at Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. As executive assistant to the chief medical examiner, he was a de facto press officer and acted as the center’s voice, among other tasks. Listeners are privy to behind-the-scenes details about the facility’s inner workings, a history of forensic medicine, and the work done by staff. Goldfarb covers cases big and small, emphasizing that everyone is treated equally regardless of circumstances. Baltimore’s facility, once considered the gold standard throughout the country, has had an increased workload, budget struggles, and poor management that threaten accreditation. Adam Barr brings an air of authority to his narration but also provides a personal touch where needed. His handling of the material elevates the text and makes for an unputdownable listen.
VERDICT This audiobook is a winner for patrons who enjoy medical nonfiction and true crime or are interested in medical forensics. Narrator Barr makes listeners want to hear more.
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