An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life.
In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity, taking the reader on a journey through the afterlife of a world where everything everyone believed in turns out to be wrong.
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Perhaps both narrator and quality of recording are coloring my view of this book. Perhaps I haven't read the original Borges. But this story was like a leaky balloon that just fizzled into flaccid rubber pile for me. Had such promise. What were they there to learn? Why were they all white? I don't need everything resolved, but aside for some moments I found the story empty overall. And not in any meaningful or provocative way that leaves a gaping hole that needs tending, ministering, or to be transformed. Maybe that's hell.
For me, the performance is a critical part of an audiobook. I found this one lifeless and wondered sometimes whether the reader read or rehearsed the text beforehand the way some sentences were delivered. Worse were the numerous mid-sentence dubs with clips so unmistakably different in sound quality they shot me right out of the story. It sounded like every 10 minutes they had to quit and use a different sound booth. At one point I thought I even heard the faint sound of people in the background. Lame.
You’re in hell and finding out that everything you were taught on faith is a lie. Are you going to say to the devil “but it’s not fair!!!!!”? I’ve often imagined that one and always it makes me laugh a that’s-not-funny laugh. So I found the opening scene not just memorable but funny and smart. And then it gets even better. Over and over in this short book I shook my head with a silent OMG. This short stay in hell kept me thinking about it long after I finished listening. Listen to it uninterrupted.
I love this book and am haunted by its implications. This is a hell that seems real and is motivating. An eternity of monotony, limitations and a death of expectation would indeed be hell.
never read the print version but I might pick it up just to have because of how good this was.
When he meats the other girl that is falling.
love never leaves us.
I loved this book so much I read it twice in a row.
Very good book. Maybe not the absolute best I have read, but definitely near the top. This book was a little different than my usual read. I greatly enjoyed it. My only gripe is that it was not long enough!!!! It definitely was one of those books I did not want to put down and when the end came I was upset. There was so much more I wanted to hear about this Hell.
Great narration and great story line. Again I wish it was longer.
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