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A Short Stay in Hell Audiobook

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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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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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 11-24-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Will keep me thinking for quite a while"

    as an atheist who was raised Mormon I found this to be a fascinating book-almost impossible to imagine it as a reality.

    Be the listener devoutly religious, atheist or agnostic, this book should arouse some thoughts about personal belief systems.

    I'll be listening to it again and again, I'm sure.

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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 05-15-15
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 05-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "An extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely ironic title"

    Short listen and thought provoking. Could be depressing to some listeners.
    Narrated well and a clever alternative take on the concept of hell.

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    mezzovoce 04-20-15
    mezzovoce 04-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought Provoking"

    I won't bother with providing a synopsis of the story; if you're interested, there are several here among the reviews. I will concur with the person who stated that you don't need to be of any particular faith, or really of any faith at all, to enjoy this book. And for those like me, who strongly adhere to a particular faith, you are not likely to find this doctrinal, but you might find it worth contemplating. I enjoyed this sufficiently to immediately look for other books by this author. I do hope he writes more.

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    Carol Arizona 01-26-15
    Carol Arizona 01-26-15 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very interesting take on the idea of Hell..."
    If you could sum up A Short Stay in Hell in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, exasperating novella.


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

    I would compare this to Twilight Zone or Night Gallery. A book does not come to mind this moment.


    What about Sergei Burbank’s performance did you like?

    Good Narrator.


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    Laura 01-02-15
    Laura 01-02-15
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    "Interesting short story"

    At first I was ready to set this one aside, then I got hooked. This is a surreal view of Hell. I have always thought that, if there is a Hell, it's probably tailored to the individual.

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    Terrence James Obrien 12-31-14
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    Would you listen to A Short Stay in Hell again? Why?

    Maybe, to catch some more of the references. The story does not leave a lot of room for interpretation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mathematician that calculates the true vastness of hell. I could picture a broken, ashen man with bulbous bloodshot eyes sitting hunched over on his bed. His prediction of a finite hell becomes a reality and his countenance and any shred of hope crushed.


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    Debra B 04-29-14
    Debra B 04-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting and somewhat depressing"

    I liked this book. It is one view of what Hell could be like, and I have to warn you, the more you think about A Short Stay in Hell, the more you realize what a total drag it would be to be there, and the thought is a little depressing. It is so well written, though, and the characters come through so well, that you may not be able to get it out of your head for a while. I particularly liked the demon at the start of the book, and the way the narrator caught the character.

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    Genghis Bob USA 03-18-14
    Genghis Bob USA 03-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This shouldn't have worked - but it did"
    What aspect of Sergei Burbank’s performance would you have changed?

    Too little affect in his narrative, too little distinction among characters in his dialogue. His diction was quite muddy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes; yes indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    There's very little in the way of character development, but it's so evocative of a feeling of timelessness and the infinite that I'm fascinated. I can't wait to see where the story is going. This is what reading fantastical literature is supposed to do for you.

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    RaineDay 02-16-14
    RaineDay 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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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 02-10-14
    just me 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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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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