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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: May 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francis Lukesh | 1/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this provocative and creative book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mika | 1/2/2014

    " Made me think a lot more than I read. Which is a fantastic quality in a book. "

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

    " Amusing entertainment. Each story is a couple of pages long, so it is the kind of book you can pick up and read for a few minutes now and then. Each "afterlife" is wildly different from the others. If the book has a moral, I would say that it is: "If you think you know what happens after death, YOU'RE WRONG!" I read about half of the stories, then my father took the book back with him.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vikki | 12/29/2013

    " a quick and intriguing read, "sum" was ultimately a bit of a disappointment to me. it's probably not the book's fault; i think i was hoping for some slightly more fantastical visions of the afterlife. some of the vignettes were indeed imaginative and thought-provoking, but reading them in succession i began to feel a sense of sameness among them, like there was some theme connecting them all--and there is: the afterlife isn't what we think, and it's nothing to get excited about. eagleman is a brilliant guy and a real overachiever, but he's not first and foremost a fiction writer, which is probably another reason the book left me a bit flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uzochi Okoronkwo | 12/8/2013

    " Some of these tales were very imaginative, while other were lackluster, or just plain depressing. Overall, an ok read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 12/2/2013

    " Very thought-provoking. An interesting commentary on the multi-faceted human condition, this book causes one to reflect on whether the lives we live here on Earth are full of meaning or not. Or maybe both at the same time. Like I said, thought-provoking and a worthwhile read. I "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Des | 8/17/2013

    " A little gem, the slower you read it the better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 8/14/2013

    " Very clever thought experiments about what the afterlife could be like, some of which are informed by science. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin Hill | 7/27/2013

    " I heard a few of these on RadioLab and had high expectations for the book. They were not met. A few of the vignettes were interesting, but I think a group of school kids could come up with more interesting afterlives on the whole. Has someone already done a book like that? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephmarie | 6/8/2013

    " Fun and imaginative. The best stories by far were the ones already featured on Radiolab. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eggs67 | 4/15/2013

    " Revisited this little gem and its still as fresh and thought provoking as the firat time I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne Cardon | 12/12/2012

    " This is like fictional philosophy-lite. Quick read, and damn good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/23/2012

    " SUM is a collection of short descriptions of funny and creative afterlives that act like a collection of funhouse mirrors, showing us surprising reflections of our hopes, dreams, and foibles. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 8/14/2012

    " A few ideas on how the afterlife might work. There's a little repetition, but it's still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/12/2012

    " I really liked these short, imaginative, lyrical vignettes about many possibilities of afterlives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Anderson | 6/23/2012

    " This book was a suggestion on Amazon for those who liked "Einstein's dreams." Another interesting one. Short chapters that are good for before bed or to read out loud. Stories about the afterlife that make you think about how you live your life now.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 4/13/2012

    " Funny stories about what happens after you die. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lasse Gravesen | 1/15/2012

    " Kindle version. Feels and reads like someone told a bunch of children to come up with stories about the afterlife which resulted in a bunch of pretty stupid and kind of silly stories without much insight. Didn't really enjoy this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mauricio | 8/16/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant book. All stories are different and go for different results on the reader. All of them are, of course, quite witty. Most are hilarious, some are sad and a few are thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 6/30/2011

    " Very entertaining and thought provoking; fortunately for the subject matter (different possibilities for the afterlife), at times humorous. A good read that makes living in the moment seem more important than ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 6/25/2011

    " Really great and thought provoking. It's a quick read; I read it in an hour. The only thing I'd say is I wish the author had changed the point of view a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Landry | 6/25/2011

    " An entertaining and thought-provoking look at where we might go when we die. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/24/2011

    " Even better than "Einstein's Dreams--" I like this author's writing style better. He also has an interesting article in this month's issue of The Atlantic Monthly about how advances in neuroscience are/will require changes in the legal system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/12/2011

    " Fun collection of speculative fiction--really more like essays as there isn't much plot, just descriptions of possible afterlives.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 6/12/2011

    " Pretty good. It gets redundant if you read it in it's entirety at once. It's a good piece to pick up in between another read and take a segment at a time. Although it is nice to have comparisons, one after another. I recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/12/2011

    " My only complaint is the use of the word "tales" in the title. They're not really fleshed out enough to describe them as much more than vignettes. Short short stories, maybe?

    Anyway, this was a fun read and gives the reader plenty to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JB | 6/10/2011

    " I was impressed with the title, theme and first chapter, 'Egalitaire', but it was all down hill from there. I would characterize the book as the coherent ramblings of an intelligent author who was under the influence.. "

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