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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,764 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter S. Beagle Narrator: Peter S. Beagle Publisher: Conlan Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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This is the unabridged audiobook of Peter S. Beagle's classic fantasy novel, read by the author. It was recorded at MondoMedia Studios in San Francisco by Jim Lively, and co-produced by Connor Cochran and Jim Lively.

For 19 years, Jonathan Rebeck has hidden from the world within the confines of the Bronx's enormous Yorkchester Cemetery, making an abandoned mausoleum his secret home. His life is not an empty one. He can speak with the newly dead - as they pass from life to wherever spirits truly go - providing comfort, an ear, understanding, and even the occasional game of chess. But now Mr. Rebeck's reclusive existence is changing, disrupted by events and emotions beyond his control. An impossible love has blossomed between two ghosts, and his own secrets have been pierced by a living woman whose heart cries out for resurrection. Helped along by a cynical talking raven and a mysterious Cuban guard, Campos, these four souls must learn the true difference between life and death, and make choices that really are forever.

Told with an elegiac wisdom, Peter S. Beagle's first novel is a timeless work of fantasy, imbued with hope and wonder, sorrow and joy, and a surprising sense of humor. This updated edition contains the author's final revisions, and stands as the definitive version of an enduring modern classic.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Cortesi | 2/20/2014

    " Ok, so this book was enjoyable, but I was about to give it a 3 star review. It's a very mellow book, but it does have it's moments and some great quotes. Then I hit chapter 10 and wow. This is a romantic's dream. I almost wanted to weep for the words that Beagle displayed on these pages. I wanted a pen so I could underline each single word in bold lines. I wanted to savor each and every word and I wanted to believe in love again. A love that can being life back to the dead and inspire the living to live! Wow. I am so glad I stuck with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Kurtz | 2/20/2014

    " This is an astounding book even before you learn that it was written before Peter was 20. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 2/5/2014

    " Dead people in love, a talking crow and a man who hides from his past by living in a cemetery - what could be better? It's funny, it's sad, it's bittersweet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/16/2014

    " This novel of "love and last chances" will remind readers a bit of the more recent Neil Gaiman book GRAVEYARD BOOK. There's true emotion here that anchors the fantasy and makes it real. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 1/2/2014

    " Wow, this was a slow book that never really picked up steam for me at all. I suppose it would have been poignant if I'd been able to find even one character to like, but I didn't find them likable at all. Good thing it didn't take me too long to read. A snore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/2/2014

    " A strange book, worth a read if you liked The Last Unicorn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shell | 12/31/2013

    " I liked it well enough - it was something different from anything else I've read. It was a little slow-paced for my liking, with an abrupt conclusion, but it suited it. If I gave it another read I'd probably digest it a little better the second time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floundering About | 12/20/2013

    " I read this when I was about the age of Peter S. Beagle when he wrote it, and I adored it. I have very good, if vague, memories of this book. I have this horrible suspicion my nostalgia might be violated if I opened the book again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lark | 12/20/2013

    " This is my favorite book and has been most of my life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micha | 12/19/2013

    " I have enjoyed this book many times, it's humorous and bittersweet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D | 12/12/2013

    " I love Peter S. Beagle and this had some fantastic writing and an interesting premise, (in the same vein setting wise as Gaiman's GRAVEYARD BOOK) but the pacing was too slow. THE LAST UNICORN is a more engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hans | 11/29/2013

    " My first Beagle book, with a very simple but well-written tale. No frills, only substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jezier | 9/3/2013

    " Not as good as I've expected it to be. But good nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 5/9/2013

    " I usually love Peter S. Beagle, but this one was not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott G. | 1/27/2013

    " Allegorical light fantasy about the afterlife. Tries too hard to be insightful sometimes and just drags instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/25/2012

    " This was amazing. I can't even begin to say how jealous I am that Peter S. Beagle wrote this when he was 19! I kind of hate him, just a little, for that. How did he get such insight into life and death at that age? And the beautiful, lyrical language. I just loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Rabig | 8/5/2012

    " Absolutely beautiful book. I've never quite looked at a cemetery the same way since. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 2/28/2012

    " Not Beagle's best, but a very impressive first novel considering the author was only 19 when he wrote it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 9/11/2011

    " I muddled through this book and while there is some lovely language in the book overall I was a bit bored through the story. I didn't fell any of ther characters became anything more than two-dimensional, I didn't really care about any of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Gatheringwater | 9/6/2011

    " I thought this was a beautifully crafted philosophical novel. It gave me a little nudge in the direction of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 6/22/2011

    " one of my very favorite books..i have fond memories of the high school teacher who taught this book. i think i shall suggest it for next book group... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/12/2011

    " Absolutely beautiful book. I've never quite looked at a cemetery the same way since. :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 4/16/2011

    " I muddled through this book and while there is some lovely language in the book overall I was a bit bored through the story. I didn't fell any of ther characters became anything more than two-dimensional, I didn't really care about any of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/24/2011

    " A strange book, worth a read if you liked The Last Unicorn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jezier | 3/8/2011

    " Not as good as I've expected it to be. But good nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shell | 3/8/2011

    " I liked it well enough - it was something different from anything else I've read. It was a little slow-paced for my liking, with an abrupt conclusion, but it suited it. If I gave it another read I'd probably digest it a little better the second time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/9/2011

    " You can tell Gaiman read this before he wrote his Graveyard Book. It's pretty good, but I found some of the characters a little whiney. Well worth the read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/18/2011

    " Great book. Not one that would be a favorite by genre, but Beagle is a good writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 1/11/2011

    " I usually love Peter S. Beagle, but this one was not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 11/12/2010

    " A bizarre, at times humorous story about a man who lives among the dead. Not a page turner by any means. Should be read slowly and pondered as it concerns such deep things as the meaning of life, death and love. Simple, yet elegant prose. I will be reading this one again some time before I die. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 10/9/2010

    " Not much of a plot, just the relationships of a homeless man living in the cemetery, a couple of ghosts that won't let go of life and a lonely widow visiting her husband's grave. It all adds up to some musings on death, life, love and being human. "

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