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A Short Stay in Hell | [Steven L. Peck]

A Short Stay in Hell

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Strange Violin Editions (P)2012 Strange Violin Editions

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    Alex Boston 02-25-14
    Alex Boston 02-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My Brief Stay in Hell"

    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.

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    RaineDay 02-16-14
    RaineDay 02-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "listen to it uninterrupted"

    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.

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    just me Orange County, CA USA 02-10-14
    just me Orange County, CA USA 02-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderfully mind-bending"

    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.

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    Jason Sandy, UT, United States 11-03-13
    Jason Sandy, UT, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Short Stay in Hell to be better than the print version?

    never read the print version but I might pick it up just to have because of how good this was.


    What other book might you compare A Short Stay in Hell to and why?

    none.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he meats the other girl that is falling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    love never leaves us.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much I read it twice in a row.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joshua PINEVILLE, LA, United States 10-24-13
    joshua PINEVILLE, LA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing!"
    Where does A Short Stay in Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration and great story line. Again I wish it was longer.

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