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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,962 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Brockmeier Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City's only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andy Glasser | 2/10/2014

    " This story was somewhat interesting. I was a little bored with it at times, though I think it was worth reading. It was an entertaining read, and strange in a good way. I was a bit disappointed with the ending at first, but later resolved that it was innevitable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeremy | 2/10/2014

    " I'm conflicted about this novel. On the one hand, the ideas behind it are fantastic -- the first chapter pulls you in immediately. On the other hand, the constant shifting of the narration among minor characters just ends up leaving you unfulfilled. Laura's struggle (and what her struggle means to the dead) is what captivated me. However, the story going on in the city of the dead feels underdeveloped. Several forays into the past of minor characters feel like they go nowhere. Yet the writing is strong, and (with the exception of some sidetracking) the story moves along at a nice pace. It's a good story, if not exactly great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Muriel | 2/9/2014

    " Not as good as I thought it would be.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/6/2014

    " Wow, that was a weird story. Huh. "

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