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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455194124
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What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death. But even heaven is not complete without Annie, and the divided soul mates will do anything to reach each other across the boundaries between life and death. When tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

Based on a wealth of research into the subject of life after death, this powerful story of the boundaries of existence and the love that transcends them was the basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams.

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Quotes & Awards

  • What Dreams May Come is a living, breathing masterpiece. And that’s saying a lot, considering that the novel opens with the death of the main character. As fine as Richard Matheson’s writing is, and that's also saying a lot, narrator Robertson Dean and the production team bring the story to life. Dean’s perfect voice reveals the fear and wonder of a man as he discovers what lies after death. Dean projects sheer joy as protagonist Chris Nielson is reunited with his long-dead pet and agony at not being able to reach the woman he loves. Yet his version of the afterlife is a wonderful, perfect place. The stillness behind Dean’s voice—without a single, stray sound—adds to the solemnity and beauty of the work. Never has silence sounded so good.”

    AudioFile

  • “Whether, after reading this novel, one believes in life after death is of course a matter of opinion. At least you’ll entertain the possibility that, even though we may not live forever, true love can be eternal.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Goran | 2/17/2014

    " I really liked it when I read it. It makes some interesting observations about life and death but at it's core it's a love novel and people generally really like it or really dislike it and find it boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " Brilliant book a must for anyone especially those with an interest in spirituality and the after life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon | 1/31/2014

    " again, the movies are good, but never do justice to the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.S. Bailey | 1/30/2014

    " This wasn't a bad story, but it just wasn't the story for me. I have never cried so much reading a book in my entire life. I literally had tears pouring down my cheeks, and then I got a headache because that's what happens when I cry. I don't doubt that Matheson is a great writer, and despite the low rating I'm giving this book, I plan on reading more of his work in the future. I just hope I enjoy his other stories better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " I felt the story was very lame and not all that well written. The part that I did like, however, is the idea that heaven is different for each person...that whatever made you the happiest on Earth, is what your individual heaven is and you're with the people (and pets) you love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Longenbach | 1/25/2014

    " Wonderful. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/16/2014

    " The descriptions of Summerland ("heaven") bored me enough that I took a few weeks to read this. And Richard Matheson should have left off the introductory note. No one likes a self-righteous author. However, I'm so glad I finished! LOVED the last half. Perfectly entertaining, couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Hornback | 1/7/2014

    " Very good. Slow start but still loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Jordan | 12/23/2013

    " More interesting for its concept -- an exploration of life after death -- than for its execution, unfortunately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 12/20/2013

    " I saw this movie a long time ago but I don't really remember anything about it. So, I decided to read the book. I was impressed! I got through the book very quickly and I really liked the version of afterlife that Matheson created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 6/28/2012

    " I loved this book, and definatly read this before you see the movie. The book is much better. I can really relate to this. The images the author creates are amazing...what is reality??? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carey Henderson | 5/9/2012

    " I was really excited about reading this book, about halfway through I lost interest. The book was really heavy, with fact after fact posted..it was hard to actually find a storyline. I think I'll just stick to the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babcha Dawn | 3/26/2012

    " If you believe in a higher power then you know that under God all things are possible. That said, consider the possibilities and enjoy the ride. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicia | 2/28/2012

    " I hate to say this, but the movie was better. I was dissapointed in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 9/27/2011

    " One of my favorites. I've read it again and again. The movie really doesn't do it justice, though I do like the movie. But the book is beautiful. Gotta read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 6/28/2011

    " An interesting book. Not quite what I expected and seriously weird in places. Worth reading even though it suffers a bit from pacing issues. I enjoyed the film and this book even though they differed in many ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 5/16/2011

    " Too bad it tapers at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/10/2011

    " My very favorite novel of all time! Love outlasts death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 4/8/2011

    " I watched the movie and it quickly became one of my favorites. I decided to read the book not too long ago and fell in love with it. I still love the movie- however it really is quite different. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I've encouraged all my friends to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/8/2011

    " Read this for book club. Interesting. The after-life stuff was more interesting than the love story, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurora | 3/20/2011

    " This book changed my life! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia | 3/14/2011

    " So far I am 0 for 2 with Richie Matheson. This book was so incredibly tedious, filled with endless exolanations to the protagonist about how heaven works. Completely dreary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 3/2/2011

    " This is my favorite Matheson book and one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cornflakegirl | 2/9/2011

    " It's an easy reading book however, the story starts quite slow and the end comes to fast. The two parts are very different. The first part is sometimes too cheesy meanwhile the second part starts disturbingly.

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About the Author
Author Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was born in New Jersey and started living and working in California in 1951. In addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western fields, he wrote many film and television scripts, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from The Twilight Zone. He also wrote episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, Night Gallery, and Star Trek. Several of his novels and stories have been made into movies, including The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams). Over the course of his career he won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer’s Guild Award.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.