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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Eagleman Narrator: Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, David Eagleman, Noel Fielding, Stephen Fry Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sum shows us 40 wonderfully imagined possibilities of life beyond death.

In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, your creators are a species of dim-witted creatures who built us to figure out what they could not. In a different version of the afterlife, you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only people you remember, or that the hereafter includes the thousands of previous gods who no longer attract followers.

In some afterlives you are split into your different ages; in some you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been; in others you are re-created from your credit-card records and Internet history.

Many versions of our purpose here are proposed; we are mobile robots for cosmic mapmakers, we are reunions for a scattered confederacy of atoms, we are experimental subjects for gods trying to understand what makes couples stick together.

These tales - at once witty, wistful and unsettling - are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence while asking the key questions about death, hope, technology, immortality, love, biology, and desire that expose radiant new facets of our humanity.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeral Poskey | 2/16/2014

    " Still reading, but this is awesome. At first I thought I would read it all in one night. Then I decided I wanted to spread out the enjoyment. Since then, I've read as little as one paragraph in a day. It presents totally new ideas and shifts your perspective so much, that after just one paragraph I might want to stop and ponder it a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by M | 1/29/2014

    " Authored by a physicist, these short stories - about 1 to 2 pages in length - explore various outcomes of the realm beyond death. Vignettes include humans acting and playing roles for the living, our creation as biological recording instruments, and even a chance to see how our lives would be if we but changed one thing. The combination of science and religious undertones create compelling reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Cohen | 1/24/2014

    " Simply put, this is a masterpiece of fiction. I don't say this often, but this is something everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mischelle | 1/14/2014

    " The premise of this book is fun. It's forty different ways the afterlife may be. Giving it stars was a bit difficult. The first half of the book was 5 stars and the last half was a three. The first half was funny and insightful, then it's as if the author ran out of ideas and needed more to make it into a book. Definately worth a read. "

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