The Coffin Confessor Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Imagine you are dying with a secret. Something you've never had the courage to tell your friends and family. Or a last wish - a task you need carried out before you can rest in peace. Now imagine there's a man who can take care of all that, who has no respect for the living, who will do anything for the dead.
Bill Edgar is the coffin confessor - a one-of-a-kind professional, a man on a mission to make good on these last requests on behalf of his soon-to-be-deceased clients. And this is the extraordinary story of how he became that man. Bill has been many things in this life: homeless street-kid, son of one of Australia's most notorious gangsters, maximum-security prisoner, hard man, family man, car thief, professional punching bag, philosopher, inventor, private investigator, victim of horrific childhood sexual abuse and an activist fighting to bring down the institutions that let it happen. A survivor.
As a little boy, he learned the hard way that society is full of people who fall through the cracks - who die without their stories being told. Now his life's work is to make sure his clients' voices are heard, and their last wishes delivered: The small-town grandfather who needs his tastefully decorated sex dungeon destroyed before the kids find it. The woman who endured an abusive marriage for decades before finding freedom. The outlaw biker who is afraid of nothing...except telling the world he is in love with another man. The dad who needs to track down his estranged daughter so he can find a way to say he's sorry, with one final gift.
The Coffin Confessor brings these stories of the dead to life, all while sharing his own extraordinary journey. Confronting and confounding, heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is a story of survival and redemption, of a life lived on the fringes of society, on both sides of the law - and what that teaches you about living your best life...and death.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 42 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 July 2021|
|Publisher||Penguin Random House Australia Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,946 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
11 in Sociology of Death & Dying
11 in Child Abuse (Audible Books & Originals)
23 in Sociology of Death (Books)
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The coffin confessor title says it all. He is just what he says on the book, he confesses the secrets of those in the coffin. The things they’ve always wanted to say. The things they daren`t say. He is the voice of those departed. You have something to say, he`ll say it. You have something you want removing from your house that you don’t want family to see, he’ll fix that. You want someone to help you fulfil a last wish, he’s your man. He is, as reviews say, "the man who has no respect for the living, who will do anything for the dead."
The book grabbed me for two reasons. The first being the job he does. I mean, who does that job? Has anyone ever heard of someone being a ‘coffin confessor’? It’s a one of a kind profession, not something you pick up from the telephone book!
The second reason I loved the book, was the intricacies of his life. This man has literally been to hell and back.
William Edgar has worn many hats in his life. He’s been the son of one of Australia’s most notorious gangsters, homeless street-kid, maximum-security prisoner, hard man, family man, car thief, professional punching bag, philosopher, inventor, private investigator, victim of horrific childhood sexual abuse and an activist fighting to bring down the institutions that let it happen. He has been all of those and more but what he is, is a survivor.
By wearing all those hats in his life, he was able to understand first hand, that there are people that fall through the cracks, everywhere that you look. He wants to help those people. Whether it be the grandfather who needs his tastefully decorated sex dungeon destroyed before the kids find it. Is it the woman who endured an abusive marriage for decades before finding freedom. Can he help the biker who is afraid of nothing . . . except telling the world he is in love with another man. Being a parent, can he assist the dad who desperately needs to track down his estranged daughter so he can find a way to say he’s sorry, with one final gift.
This is one of the most confronting and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. Yet, at the same time there is a heartwarming side. You find yourself cheering for this man. You want this prison hardy, car thief to come good.
William Edgar tells his story in a beautiful way. He doesn’t ask for forgiveness for any of the things he’s done. He doesn’t want compassion for what he’s been through. The writing directs you to look inward at yourself and realise whatever happens, there is always light there to find.
The book wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't realise it was going to be a true story, and there were parts which were confronting. It was also funny, and hooked you right into the story so I didn't want to put it down until I'd finished reading it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it.
I felt like this was written by a big gruff of a man with a heart of gold. Unfortunately he saw the worst of human kind and lived to tell the tale. Amazing story
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Reviewed in the United States on 23 April 2022