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Download To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Jose Farmer Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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What if instead of going to heaven, hell or simply ceasing to exist when you died, you found yourself reborn near an endless river on a strange and unknown world where hunger and disease have been eliminated by unseen and seemingly benevolent beings?

That's the intriguing premise of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first novel in the thrilling and now-classic Riverworld series from acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy author Philip José Farmer.

When adventurer and explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton awakens after dying to find himself on a mysterious world accompanied by billions of formerly deceased inhabitants of Earth from all time periods, the burning questions of the purpose of this world and the intentions of the mysterious beings who control it provide the motivation to embark upon a quest to find the answers he and others so greatly desire. Accompanying him on his epic journey are a science fiction writer, a neanderthal, a mysterious extraterrestrial, and Alice Liddel, who served as Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. As Burton and his fellow explorers journey toward the river's headwaters in the hope of solving the mystery of their curious new existence they encounter all manner of fascinating adventures.

Winner of a prestigious Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1971, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is a true modern sci-fi classic in every sense of the word.

Original and provocative, To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the 1971 Hugo Award for outstanding science fiction novel and has continued to be a favorite of generations of new listeners.

For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

With hunger and disease eliminated, Burton and the others appear to have everything they need - except an answer to the question Why?

Both swashbuckling adventure and insightful examination into mankind's constant search for answers to the unanswerable, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is voiced by narrator Paul Hecht to emphasize every thrilling moment of discovery. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phorapheedroll | 2/19/2014

    " As the 2nd book I've finished now by this author I was not disappointed. Once again I couldn't put it down, I never found myself bored and was entirely fascinated by the story. I also loved the character Kazz :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 12/26/2013

    " Eric Bear surprised me by giving me this book last time we hung out. So, to be polite and fair I read it...and loved it. I delighted in the concept of being a part of a giant future-human conspiracy/experiment and having historical figures like Sir Richard Francis Burton continuing their exploits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/26/2013

    " Like a lot of older science fiction, this seems to be more concept than character driven. Or maybe I just see it that way because I rarely like the protagonists of these older books and so it seems the authors are rarely trying to make them sympathetic. This is the first of the Riverworld books, a world in which every human who has ever lived wakes on the banks of a great river on a strange planet. They are provided food every day, but otherwise must make their own way. Richard Burton, the English adventurer, is the perspective character, who gathers a small band of associates about him to explore this world and discover what is going on. Any character development is little more than a hagiography of Burton. I picked this up because the concept was interesting, and I still think it is interesting, but the book failed to be compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Holliman | 12/6/2013

    " What a wonderfully creative premise! Farmer has a real talent for creating fascinating worlds! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 11/13/2013

    " Just started the series, find the premise to be intriguing. It's also interesting to read the novel from a social history POV, as this book was written in 71, and some of the opinions of the characters and the writer are colored by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Collings | 11/10/2013

    " Entertaining premise most easily summed up as "sci-fi purgatory". Not sure if I'm gonna like where it goes, but the setup is enough to keep me going to the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maja | 11/7/2013

    " Great concept for a story, it's sci-fi and fantasy and history rolled into one. Richard Frances Burton is the main character and a bit of an annoying personality, but he would have to be that kind of person to do what he does in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 8/23/2013

    " Awesome, Dick Burton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 7/21/2013

    " Intersting concept featuring a story that goes nowhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dru | 4/24/2013

    " I read this series years ago as part of the Sci Fi book club. All I recall about it was that it began as an interesting concept, but eventually devolved into something kind of silly and ridiculous by the end. Repeating this review for all 5 books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/14/2013

    " Totally bizarre and wacky- but so visually fun. The descriptions were rich and created a unique vision of potential life after we die. Overall, this was pretty good. It took me ages to get through the book, but I had a lot on my plate when I was reading this. I have already picked up book 2! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudiu Stanciu | 10/6/2012

    " Unique SF with powerful moral/psychological ideas "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Meier | 9/18/2012

    " Just re-read this story after seeing an unsatisfying attempt to bring the concept to the screen. Farmer's concept remains one of the freshest ideas in sci-fi in a long, long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 7/9/2012

    " Love at first read! Brilliant, incredibly well-researched, and Farmer at his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taueret | 4/25/2012

    " Well, at least that was something different. I'll read the next instalment before I decide what I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ldooley | 2/15/2012

    " loved the concept... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bondama | 11/5/2011

    " I had to order this book from Amazon - apparently it's out of print, which is a crying shame. I have been totally fascinated by this first volume of the "Riverworld" series since I initially read it. None of the others in the series even come close to this one.... this is a science fiction classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duckie | 5/11/2011

    " As other reviewers have pointed out, it's like 'The Matrix': great idea, terrible execution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 3/5/2011

    " Definitely a good premise, but it didn't keep my attention towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/27/2011

    " I liked this book, it kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 2/20/2011

    " An excellent fun series. I always loved Farmer's imagination! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 thebutterflycastle | 12/22/2010

    " waste of my precious literary time.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 9/19/2010

    " So much potential. Too much myopic view of religion. Could of been deep, interesting, and new. Only seldom reached those heights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 8/12/2010

    " Great book. It combines high fiction with low fiction. Both of the books within tell great stories and reveal a lot of interesting questions about life. If you are into science fiction, this is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo | 7/27/2010

    " Ok. I really enjoyed TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO... The Fabulous Riverboat was alright. Just had to make myself read it... and I don't like having to make myself read a book. Hoping the next one is better! "

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