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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (732 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Klein, Thomas Cathcart Narrator: Thomas Cathcart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781101145746
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From the authors of the bestselling Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, a new book on the meaning of death (and life, too). Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Granny | 2/18/2014

    " Quit reading, found it to be not terribly interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oge | 2/18/2014

    " A notch below "Plato and a Platypus...", but a very good introductory read for those -- like me -- who are interested in studying different philosophical approaches to the question of death. The end is (surprisingly) touching (bit I won't spoil it for you). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/13/2014

    " Philosophy of death told through jokes. Pretty good, if not all that clear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Roberts | 2/12/2014

    " More entertaining than educational. But it was entertaining. A light, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 2/5/2014

    " I'm one of those people who like really dry nonfiction books; I'd be more than happy with a book of bullet points of statistics and theories. This book is not at all like that and so although at times I wanted more facts and a more intellectual approach to the subject of death I got the appeal. It's great for people who people who don't excited by text books but still like philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam P | 1/31/2014

    " It was enjoyable. I learned some basic facts/trivia and a few new things to think over. It really was not really my cup of tea. However, I am giving it to my dad. He will love it. It's a fun geek book. Like one of those tiny "Love Is" gift books. Only this one is for brainiacs. It was a different type of book altogether, so I'll give it 5 stars, for being one of the best of the little life lesson books. I'll read it one more time before I give it away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/26/2014

    " It makes a good heel rest for my deadman foot.... reduces the pain and inflamation of the plantar muscle by allowing me to keep that foot in a neutral position.... the text isn't really that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josiah | 1/21/2014

    " This was pretty disappointing, I wanted it to be funnier and have more ideas I hadn't encountered yet. Though it still had a few good anecdotes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/15/2014

    " Thin? Gives the impression of being written to sell, but it is fun, light hearted and easy to pick up and put down. I liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/11/2013

    " Fun, quick read providing a nicely rounded variety of thoughts by the most renowned philosophers in regards to the topics of life and death. Ironic how such a humorous book could come from the topic of existentialism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Scott | 12/8/2013

    " Fun, quick read, decent overview of philosophical ideas on death/afterlife. Lighter on the jokes than Plato and the Platypus, and it loses steam at the end. Still a fun read if you want a quick, non-brain damaging discussion of death philosophy. "

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

    " While I enjoy the jokes and cartoons (especially the cartoons) - i guess I was looking for more depth... I know what was I thinking? OK to be be honest - I was looking for an answer :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 11/13/2013

    " Light on the philosophy and heavy on the jokes. A fluffy and enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Robins | 10/23/2013

    " Some good jokes, some good overviews of philosophies of death. Audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Stewart | 6/5/2013

    " Enjoyed this a lot - a good dose of the reality of death, which we all need to put things in perspective sometimes. Very funny too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 1/20/2012

    " Can you ever have enough Soren Kierkegaard jokes? I think not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony Marino | 11/12/2011

    " Memento mori "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmett | 10/27/2011

    " Definitely one of the most enjoyable ways to learn philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dima | 10/4/2011

    " Makes me wanna read, read and read. Awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mlzarate | 6/13/2011

    " I have a slight obsession with the afterlife and thought this book did a wonderful job exploring it in a fun light-hearted way. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 4/6/2011

    " All the big questions (death, the afterlife, and the meaning of life) in bite-sized philosophical bits that make you laugh. What could be better? I loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 3/6/2011

    " I skipped through much of this because I'm not up on much philosophy. Some parts were funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/27/2011

    " There are some really funny takes here on the afterlife. Most enjoyable - if you like this sort of thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 2/15/2011

    " quick enjoyable read. spoke to me... literally! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 2/15/2011

    " Part of a series, "Heidegger and a Hippo..." may be the best of the lot. Focusing on the concept of death, it manages to present a huge array of thought in a clear and funny way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/12/2011

    " This is a quick philosophical survey of death and related issues, peppered with corny jokes and New Yorker cartoons. I loved it! It's like a plate of Christmas sweets that you can nibble on through the week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rizky | 1/17/2011

    " After reading plato and platyphus, i cant help to not read this one :)
    still helping me grasping the concept of philosophies but the one found in this book are more focused on philosophy about about life, death and afterlife.. ?through jokes! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 12/21/2010

    " it reads like CLick n'Clack for philosophy nerds "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/14/2010

    " Some good jokes, some good overviews of philosophies of death. Audio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 12/13/2010

    " Light on the philosophy and heavy on the jokes. A fluffy and enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/13/2010

    " Hard to say what I think without sounding... pompous? Do feel gratified that I found it so funny and fascinating, rather than upsetting or difficult -- makes me feel I'm in a good place. And more to the point, able to enjoy the humor and information! Did get odd looks walking around with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry | 12/4/2010

    " Very good summary of Death philosophy - and funny jokes scattered along the way. Recommended for the morbid type :) "

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About the Author

Daniel Klein is the author of The History of Now, winner of ForeWord magazine’s Silver Award for best literary novel of 2009. He is also coauthor of Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates and the New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. He is the author of the 2012 bestseller Travels with Epicurus and numerous other works of fiction, nonfiction, and humor. A graduate of Harvard in philosophy, he lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.