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The Brief History of the Dead Audiobook

The Brief History of the Dead

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier delivers a spellbinding, supernatural tale of love, memories, and human connection. All residents of the City have recently died, and they will remain in the City only as long as someone still living on Earth remembers them. On Earth, however, the population has been devastated by a terrible pandemic. Laura Byrd, isolated at an Antarctic research station, may be the only person to have survived the pandemic. But she's running out of time and supplies, and her memories are fading.

Brilliant in concept and execution, The Brief History of the Dead is a spectacular achievement that lingers in the mind long after the final word.

©2006 Kevin Brockmeier; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Beautiful, delicate." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Rebekkah Queen Creek, AZ, USA 01-15-08
    Rebekkah Queen Creek, AZ, USA 01-15-08
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    "Beautifully written"

    This book won't answer any questions about the afterlife - in fact, I walked away with more ideas to ponder, which I appreciate. This is a beautiful showcase of characters and emotions, with a novel concept as a backdrop. I would liked to have seen this concept fleshed out some more, but didn't need it to enjoy the book. Also, I was very pleased with the narrator, who was able to convey the message and emotions without overstepping his role.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. McMillen Danville, IL USA 07-07-06
    J. McMillen Danville, IL USA 07-07-06 Listener Since 2001
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    "Not worth it"

    This book never gets going. The writer has put a lot of work into something that is not understandable. Look for something else to spend your time with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sindi 03-31-06
    Sindi 03-31-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Great listen"

    I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It makes you stop to think about all the people you cross paths with daily without really noticing- yet remember. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-23-07
    James 04-23-07 Member Since 2012
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    "A long journey to a disappointing end."

    This is a well written story about the connections we all share in life and ultimately in death. I found the story to meander along like a river with a few rapids thrown in but ultimately arriving at a predictable and pointless ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 03-09-07
    Scott 03-09-07
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    "Intriguing & enjoyable listen"

    I really enjoyed this book! The concept is facinating and had me from the beginning. However, the ending was disappointing, and felt like the film at the movie theater just broke and no one was around to splice it back together. The characters were rich and there was just the right amount of descriptive detail.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cranberry 11-13-06
    Cranberry 11-13-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting!"

    I really liked this book. The premise was very interesting and the author did not waste a good idea. Even when the end becomes apparent, it still did not lose any steam. Very interesting and enjoyable book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 06-10-14
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 06-10-14
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    "When I was 13 I would have loved this."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If the friend is 13 and under yes I would.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Brockmeier again?

    maybe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    a little less silly would be nice.


    Do you think The Brief History of the Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nah. I think we got all the good out of this one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linzay Houston, TX, United States 09-11-06
    Linzay Houston, TX, United States 09-11-06 Member Since 2009
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    "If you have absolutely nothing else to do..."

    I was intriqued by the idea of the after life and kept waiting for something to develop during this story. After 8 hours, it never did develop. I will be far more careful in my future selections. I really felt cheated at the end. Where can I get my 8 hours back?!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Schmidt 07-16-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "Odd and interesting"

    I loved this book, but I guess it isn't for everyone. We've probably all wondered about the "afterlife", as has Kevin Brockmeier, but he has apparently listened to some points of view that are really out there. It's a book I always felt that I was outside of -- actually a reader and not part of the story -- so my own beliefs were never threatened. I enjoyed it a lot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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