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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Carroll Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627634
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Just after a man falls in the snow and hits his head on a stone curb, a ghost arrives to take his soul to the afterlife. But something strange occurs: the man doesn’t die. Flabbergasted, the ghost appeals to his boss for further direction and is instructed to stay with the man until the strange “problem” is worked out. But things get complicated when the ghost falls madly, deeply in love with the man’s girlfriend. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was supposed to because, for the first time, human beings have decided to take back their fates from the gods.

This truly magical book is about love, talking dogs, ghosts who happen to be gourmet cooks, picnicking in the rain with yourself at twenty different ages, and what happens to us when we become the masters of our own fate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jonathan Carroll is as scary as Hitchcock, when he isn’t being as funny as Jim Carrey.”

    Stephen King

  • “In The Ghost In Love Jonathan Carroll deepens his art, diving into his own obsessions with love and fate, without letting go of an ounce of the uncanny effervescent quality that has always caused readers to crave his narratives like an illegal substance. He’s created a version of the world that shines like a beacon into our own.”

    Jonathan Lethem

  • “I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats—with devilish tricks inside them.”

    Washington Post

  • “Love, memory, and balancing the needs of our many selves are themes in this occasionally scary, often luminous work of unconventional fantasy. Strongly recommended for all fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Porter is exceptionally good here, nimbly shifting vocal gears just as the author shifts literary gears…He solidly plunks us into Carroll’s utterly unique world, and that is no easy task.”

    Booklist

  • “Actor/two-time Audie Award nominee Ray Porter does a good job of drawing in listeners. Recommended for most public libraries.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/17/2014

    " My husband recommended this one to me. While there were parts of it that were thought provoking--the parts that dealt with the human psyche and our view of ourselves--I had trouble with the talking dogs, angels, ghosts etc. I found myself slogging through it just to finish it. Greg, however, really liked it so I guess it's a matter of personal taste. Too much fantasy for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/10/2014

    " Great beginning, but tried to reach too far for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 1/10/2014

    " I found this book after seeing Neil Gaiman enthusiastically recommend Jonathan Carroll, and after seeing it involved time travel, i quickly bought it on Kindle. The title is somewhat misleading - the "ghost in love" part is a very minor part of this book, barely acknowledged, really. It's a story of a man who was supposed to die after a head injury, but who inexplicably lived, and how this is wreaking havoc with the higher-ups of the universe. He soon exhibits new powers, including time travel. Of course when the universal order breaks, there are those in power who try to quash it, and you will see that here. I was excited to see a new take on the life after death sequence, but I was ultimately disappointed in the ending. I found Jonathan Carroll's style to be easy to read, however, and I'll be checking out other books by him in the future. "

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

    " This is a fun read. Lots of ghosts, good & bad, a couple of love stories, & a great dog. I had a good time with it,& was always happy to get back to it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/4/2013

    " Quite unusual which I why I stuck with it and didn't discard the book in the early pages. I'm unsure whether I will recommend it. It might have to grow on me a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 11/26/2013

    " Not one of his better efforts...very tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 11/19/2013

    " This book appears to be related to the Gabriel Garcia Marquez style of writing. It is as if Carroll sees life on a plane that ordinary folk don't - past imagination. Purely metaphorical! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kalynn | 11/12/2013

    " This was perhaps, the strangest book I have ever read. Although, some parts were good and it made me think, I overall just thought it was okay. I will not be reading this again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 10/17/2013

    " I love Carroll's books. They are imaginative and propose ideas of other realities and life after death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/22/2013

    " Loved it. Unexpected & brilliant. But I love ghosts and talking dogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 3/24/2013

    " When a virus strikes Heaven's computer system, Ben Gould doesn't die on schedule and unwittingly finds himself on a madcap adventure involving talking dogs, cooking ghosts, and unrequited love. A quirky, fun novel that also manages to be surprisingly poignant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/16/2013

    " About two thirds of the way through the book I just couldn't take it anymore. I knew where it was headed and skipped to the last page to see if I was right. I was. Felt relieved when I put it down and walked away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/14/2012

    " I liked this one, didn't love it, and didn't finish it in time for my book club meeting. Although I was enjoying it, I didn't finish it for some reason. Maybe one day? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 8/18/2012

    " This was an entertaining book, nothing amazing, but a good break from what I've been reading lately. I was impressed at how the author made such crazy things that happen in the book feel so believable. His characters are so likable as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/16/2012

    " Single-handedly converted me to a JC fangirl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 1/29/2012

    " My rating is mostly because the ending was overly sappy and seemed too thick, like he was really trying hard. But I'm definitely going to check out his other books - it was a fun little read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " I liked this one, didn't love it, and didn't finish it in time for my book club meeting. Although I was enjoying it, I didn't finish it for some reason. Maybe one day? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/7/2011

    " Wonderfully surreal. Definitely Carroll's best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matilda | 1/1/2011

    " I adore this author. The end got a little choppy but for the first two-thirds of the book I savored nearly every page. I would go back and re-read paragraphs I'd just finished. I really enjoyed lingering over the lovely writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/5/2010

    " Great beginning, but tried to reach too far for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 10/20/2010

    " A pleasant read with some imbedded deep thinking. Enjoyed every minute. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 9/7/2010

    " Not one of his better efforts...very tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisha | 9/7/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, but the ending left me feeling a little flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karo | 8/29/2010

    " I have just finished the Ghost in love novel, and must tell that is the most delicate still spicy read I have devoured recently. its texture deep,delicious has left me ..breathless, enchanted. Wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myrenda | 8/26/2010

    " It started out really good and I liked the creativity but it kind of fell apart a little at the end. I stilled like it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joann | 8/24/2010

    " This was fun, but, overall, the plotting was not very good. Also, I think the author was striving for something more profound. He didn't make it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/20/2010

    " When I started this book, I just thought it was very odd. The last third was very redeeming though. Really thought provoking and pulled a lot of the threads together. It was chosen for my book club and will be a good discussion book. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Caroll’s novel The Wooden Sea was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. He is the author of such acclaimed novels as White Apples, The Land of Laughs, The Marriage of Sticks, and Bones of the Moon

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.