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
"Beautiful, delicate." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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!
It's nicely written. Maybe at times it gets a little wordy, but usually not for too long.
The story is super interesting and really well thought out. There's a lot going on, but never too much to keep track of. A handful of really interesting characters- some dead, some alive - and I couldn't stop listening to the audio book waiting to see how it would all tie together.
The only downside was that it felt like it was going somewhere, like it was building to some big moment, and it never felt like that moment came. It sort of just ends. It makes sense and everything. You're not left hanging, but it wasn't as big of a moment as maybe I was hoping.
Still a great story and I'll be telling my friends about it.
And the audio book was really well narrated.
The emotional development of the characters was well done, but I felt frustrated with the lack of explanation and retribution in the narrative.
If the friend is 13 and under yes I would.
a little less silly would be nice.
nah. I think we got all the good out of this one.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
This was a reread for me. The premise of the book is so intriguing: a story split between a city of the "living dead" who only remain in the city as long as someone on Earth holds that person in their memory and a wildlife researcher in the Antarctica who may be the only person on Earth who has not yet succumbed to a manmade virus. On my second reading, I did a better job of tracking all the myriad connections between the many living dead and the still-alive wildlife researcher - however tangential those connections might be. What did not happen, however, is a change in my ultimate opinion for the book. I was definitely satisfied but nothing more.
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?!
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.
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.
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