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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Cheever Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 1999 ISBN: 9781470325114
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As a child of the esteemed writer John Cheever, Benjamin Cheever grew up in a household filled with books. For eleven years, Benjamin worked as an editor. When he started writing, however, he found his literary voice in satire. Famous After Death is a darkly comic look at some of America’s favorite obsessions.

Noel Hammersmith, an overweight editor of diet books, yearns to be loved by beautiful women. If he can slim down, perhaps this will happen. If he were famous, it would help too. As a bewildering series of bombs goes off in Noel’s neighborhood, he is contacted by a visionary writer who calls himself Che Guevara. Through him, Noel sees a brilliant way to attain thinness and notoriety at the same time. Cheever sets up his brilliant satire with an editorial preface, where he introduces the novel as the authoritative text of The Compleat Wordsworth Bomber.

By alternating Noel’s journal entries, letters, and annotations added by unnamed editors, Cheever skillfully builds layers of humor into this tongue-in-cheek profile. An exclusive interview with Benjamin Cheever concludes the audio production.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cheever’s third novel is an artful mix of Noel’s correspondence and journals. His transcriptions of his psychiatric visits alone are worth the price of admission. But this burlesque is also a serious—and seriously funny—examination of the distance between our values and the goods we seem to value more.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Tongue-in-cheek and often outrageous, this thoroughly entertaining spoof is, sub rosa, a serious critique of contemporary culture’s obsession with weight, celebrity, and success.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Cheever] uses a delightful variety of tale-telling techniques to move the plot along and leaves the reader thinking ‘It could happen!’”

    Library Journal

  • “Hilarious and just bad-natured enough to be cruel (that is, accurate) in its satire of modern greed and modern fame: an across-the-board winner.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James D. | 5/11/2013

    " Could easily be a true story in these days of our media driven society. If you grew up in the eighties, then you will easily identify. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe Faust | 4/18/2013

    " A dark comedy that is neither. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conan | 12/19/2012

    " A decent out-of-sequence/reverse order novel that keeps teasing you with how crazy the protag might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard (Bound & Determined...) | 12/5/2012

    " Very interesting. Kept me thinking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 7/28/2012

    " Quick read, different, but I don't think I'd recommend it. "

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About the Author

Benjamin Cheever, son of the novelist John Cheever, is the author of four adult fiction novels, one children’s book, and two nonfiction books.  He has also been an editor at Reader’s Digest and a newspaper reporter for the New York Times, Nation, and New Yorker. He has taught at The New School for Social Research and the Benning MFA program and has hosted a television show called About Writing. He lives in Pleasantville, New York, with his wife and sons.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.