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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Currie Narrator: Gabriel Baron Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From a mind-blowing new talent, an audacious novel that imagines the world after God descends to Earth as a Dinka woman from the Sudan and subsequently dies in the Darfur desert. The result is a world both bizarrely new yet eerily familiar. In Currie’s provocative, wise, and emotionally resonant novel we meet God himself; the Dinka woman whose mortality He must suffer when He inhabits her body; people all over the world coping with the devastating news of God’s demise; a group of young men who, fearing the end of the world, take fate into their own hands; mental patients who insist that a god still exists; armies taking up the eternal war between fate and free will; and parents who, in the absence of a deity and the “lack of anything to do on Sundays,” worship their children. On the surface, this world utterly transformed—yet certain things remain unchanged: protective parents clash with willful, idealistic teenagers; idols are exalted; small town rumor mills run unabated; and children often don’t realize how to forgive their parents until it’s too late. In God Is Dead, Currie brings together a prescient satirical gift worthy of Jonathan Swift, the raw appeal of Chuck Palahniuk’s blackest comedy, and the thought-provoking ethical questions of Kurt Vonnegut, all with a light touch, empathy, and wisdom that make for an exhilarating reading experience. Offbeat yet accessible, God Is Dead is an exciting debut from a fresh new voice in contemporary fiction. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Currie's unique content is complemented by a tone that is satirical and wickedly funny at times…The stories resonate and leave a range of questions concerning human nature and the world, resulting in a provocative book that is hard to forget.”

    The Times (London)

  • “Currie's strength rests in his ability to focus humanity's conundrums on the smallest physical particles. The truth he presents is that the world has become absurd; he is merely delivering a steady-cam view.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Like Kurt Vonnegut, (Currie) seems to understand that in the face of grave concerns, humor is a more powerful salt than screed. Still, you won't be laughing your way to the end of this inspired debut.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Each story burrows into you and rolls around for days, possibly even weeks.”


  • “In his cutting-edge debut book of fiction Ron Currie, Jr., triggers…real admiration. Provocative.”

    USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/16/2014

    " Wry, dark comedy made up of short stories. Absurd yet not completely unbelievable. Quick read that will probably not stick with me for more than a month but did enough to pique my interest in Ron Currie, Jr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Hoopes | 1/31/2014

    " Adventures with a man of really offbeat imagination. I particularly enjoyed the chapter about the feral dog pack who had eaten the dead body of god, because it took a risk and portrayed what (might) really be in the mind of a dog, before and after he is awakened to human-like consciousness. I also got chills from the chapter about the young man who texted his whole life to a girl he had never met but adored from afar, as did all of his peers. Lots of food for thought in this novel/short story collection! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nick | 1/30/2014

    " I wanted to "really like" this book or to think it was "amazing," but the whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking, "If only Vonnegut had written this," or "If only George Saunders had written it." Much like Kevin Wilson, I feel like Currie's voice in these stories is too close to his influences to be fresh or inventive. The ideas were great, and I liked the whole stories-as-novel thing, but I guess I was expecting something that -- with a title like this -- really pushed the envelope. Some envelope, any envelope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by terrie | 1/25/2014

    " i didn't much care for the title at first, but the book was insightful and thought provoking. a what-if look at GOD coming to life as a woman and then dying. our behavior as humans after we learn that GOD is dead, turns shockingly close to the way we live our lives now... "

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