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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (198 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Weller Narrator: Robin Bloodworth Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469243375
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Kip — a New York jazz pianist whose career was cut short by a neurological disease — returns from a failed suicide attempt with a vivid, detailed memory of his journey through the afterlife. Resembling the world as he knows it, but unlimited in space and time, it’s unlike any eternity he has contemplated. Its residents are those who choose not to reincarnate, which would erase all memory of who they once were. Kip has a quest: to find his beloved Lucy, a yoga teacher who shared his apartment for years but died of leukemia before he took his own life. Is she still here? Has she waited for him, or “gone back” to become someone else? In his odyssey across centuries and locales (Istanbul to the Marquesas Islands, India to Oklahoma and New Guinea) to find her, Kip is guided by Walt Whitman — who urges him to write this memoir on his return. “The Land of Later On is wonderfully enticing and deeply, achingly moving. The charm is the charm of those happy black-and-white movies of long ago with, for example, Claude Rains as an angel — or the charm of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. The other well-earned relation is to Dante’s Divine Comedy (in Mr. Weller’s book, Walt Whitman, rather than Virgil, is the guide). It’s not a contradiction of these comparisons to say that the whole book is the work of Mr. Weller’s inventive and generous mind. What would any human want of an afterlife? To enjoy the surface of the earth. To know what others have cherished — music, books, THINGS of all kinds — to speak all human languages. Above all, to go on loving. But Mr. Weller’s afterlife is neither simple nor easy; good decisions still depend on courage and a passionate heart.” – John Casey, Winner of the National Book Award 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 Elaine Atkins | 2/14/2014

    " Fortunately, I purchased this for $.99 on Amazon. The story had a great start, then puttered down endless roads of boredom and dead ends. The author had a great idea, but squandered it by not bringing the story to it's full potential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Winn | 2/12/2014

    " Read this book quickly and really enjoyed it. The end surprised me though. Definitely a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katyrose | 2/7/2014

    " I wasn't able to give myself fully to this book for a good long while because I couldn't be sure where the author was headed. Once I reached the final chapter, I couldn't wait to read the book again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Eich | 2/3/2014

    " Mixed feelings on this book...it's a fun and inventive concept for the afterlife, and the story is told with some humor and complex, sympathetic characters. Yet, I felt like I was cooling my heels and getting increasingly frustrated waiting for the two central mysteries to unfold while the character nattered on about his travels. It was almost great, but reading it felt like standing in line for a carnival ride for much of the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 2/3/2014

    " Not a great read. It was written okay, but I didn't enjoy it, maybe because it conflicted too much with my own beliefs. "

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

    " Where do you go after you die? Do you rejoin with your departed loved ones? What if you could hobnob with historical figures? Visit any time in history? The afterlife is a relatively fresh subject for a novel and I was eager to see where the author would go with it. After what I thought was a promising start, the story just sort of flattened out for me. I loved the premise of this book and the main characters are interesting and well-developed but I didn't find the resolution very satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/20/2014

    " Probably not what happens when you die... but you never know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Covingtoncat73 | 1/8/2014

    " Not a bad read and it held my attention until the end. I enjoyed Whitman being a character. However, I will say that The Brief History of the Dead was a better book about the after life but, if you like stories about such matters, you won't regret reading this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Butler | 1/3/2014

    " I liked that this book pretended that it was real. The end was interesting but overall it was a pretty bland story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeannine | 12/23/2013

    " Didn't get very far on this one. It reminded me somewhat of The Time Traveler's Wife though in that book the "rules" of time travel were more easily understood. In this it was just confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/22/2013

    " This book was so well written I kept forgetting if it was fiction or non fiction! It would make a great movie .. something similar to Big Fish. It had me entranced right from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Taylor | 12/18/2013

    " Really enjoyed this story. It went against my beliefs but was a good story very well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 12/2/2013

    " Hmmm...... very much a man's perspective. Well written though and easy to read but I did want him to hurry up and get to the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 11/29/2013

    " Unique story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/29/2013

    " Very sad, but thought-provoking and very engaging. I wish it had been longer and more developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 11/25/2013

    " An interesting take on the afterlife. This is a travelogue (of the afterlife!), a love story, and ultimately a story of one man's growth. Imaginative and filled with insightful descriptions of music and musical improvisation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lavinia | 10/21/2013

    " A beautiful book. Absolutely worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 10/17/2013

    " I am really loving this book so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange Hilton | 9/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, most of all I hope its true! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Chamberlain | 7/21/2013

    " A Kindle deal that was worth the dollar, if you read a book a day the way I do. Good, but nothing I would write home about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria Hill | 6/5/2013

    " Would have enjoyed it more if there had been less atheism in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/22/2013

    " Can't put it down!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 4/5/2013

    " A unique take on the afterlife, relationships and suicide. Quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 3/8/2013

    " Not sure what this book really was all about a bit of a mixed bags. Not one thing or another. Okay read but that's about it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/20/2012

    " Quick read.....it was definitely thought provoking. And it ended with me wanting more. "

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About the Author

Anthony Weller, George Weller’s son, is the author of three novels and a memoir.

About the Narrator

Robin Bloodworth is an AEA actor that has worked extensively in theater, regionally and in NY, as well as in film and television. He has been fortunate enough to narrate over 60 titles with ListenUp.