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What Dreams May Come | [Richard Matheson]

What Dreams May Come

What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death. But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and the divided soul mates will do anything to reach each other across the boundaries between life and death. When tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.
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Publisher's Summary

What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.

But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and the divided soul mates will do anything to reach each other across the boundaries between life and death. When tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

©1978 Richard Matheson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the most important writers of the 20th century." (Ray Bradbury)
"Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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    Shaun Milpitas, CA, United States 11-23-10
    Shaun Milpitas, CA, United States 11-23-10

    Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...

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    "An amazing look into the hereafter..."


    I fell in love with this book after seeing the movie version starring Robin Williams many years ago. When I originally read this book, I realized how vastly different it was to the movie, in its settings, message and general story-line. This audio book is no different. Personally, as much as I loved the movie, the book is a thousand times better.

    This book follows the general ideas of most every religion and smartly puts them into a single concept of "Summer Land", which is everyone’s own personal vision of heaven. This book talks about the various concepts of heaven and hell, and from a first person perspective is both remarkably enticing, and disturbing.

    We all have our own concepts of what will or will not happen to us when we die, but this books seems to tackle intelligently all the concepts of heaven and the hereafter, without rebuking or insulting any one belief system.

    Richard Matheson has created a beautiful world of the hereafter that anyone would be grateful to go to, based on all major documents from cultures around the world, taking the gross roots of all concepts and finding the balance between them all to create a new world. No matter what your beliefs of life after death, this is a fantstic novel about death, never giving up on life, and knowing when to let go... this journey takes you on a first person perspective on the process of death, finding your own heaven, seeing the paradise the awaits, and the torment of hell we create for ourselves as well in our own negative thoughts and actions...

    I highly recommend this book. The narrator is a little bland at times, but easy enough to over look...

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    mary SQUAW VALLEY, CA, United States 04-22-11
    mary SQUAW VALLEY, CA, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "not for the weak-hearted"

    this is very hard to put down, very visual. it makes me wonder about my loved ones who have passed and what they may gone through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Corey stanton, CA, United States 12-22-10
    Corey stanton, CA, United States 12-22-10
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    "Wonderful"

    This is a very good book. It was a little slow at times but the overall story is fantastic. But I do have to say even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book this is one of the few cases where the movie is better. The movie is one of my all time favorites even though im not usually a huge fan of dramatic love stories there is just something special about this story. So no matter which medium you prefer this is classic story of love, loss, and redemption that transcends life and death.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 10-14-12
    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Karen of Northern Michigan

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    "So much more than the movie."

    I watched the movie a few years ago, but wish I'd listened to the book first.. There is so much more to the book. Great story.. Since this was originally written in 1978, it seems even more powerful to me. Mr. Matheson had a great insight into what we now call New Age thinking. Worth the listen to. Paints a vivid picture in your mind of the places the main character is traveling. I'm sure it upset many religious groups when it first came out, and probably still does, but if you are open minded and question very strict main stream religious believes, you'll probably really enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jessica roanoke, VA, United States 03-03-13
    jessica roanoke, VA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A True Dream"
    What did you love best about What Dreams May Come?

    This book was one of the most heart felt and detailed stories, just wonderful!


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    His voice captivates the listener


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orange, Australia 01-11-13
    Todd Orange, Australia 01-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Moving, fascinating and thought-provoking"

    Like many reviewers on Audible, I first learned of this book from watching the film, and while reluctant to listen to it for fear of reliving the same tale, I went ahead and listened anyway. I'm so glad I did. The book is quite different from the film, and in a good way.

    Matheson borrowed ideas from many religions and spiritual literary sources to masterfully weave a tale and create a universe so concrete in the reader's mind that one hopes that an afterlife does indeed exist, and conforms to everything Matheson has written. Summerland, as this heaven is called, has laws that seem to make perfect sense in that its very existence is given form by the minds of those who dwell there. Everything comes from thought, and as such, Summerland is place that is only as limited as its inhabitants' imaginations.

    The story of Chris's death and survival thereafter is fascinating. We learn everything he learns and his journey to be reunited with his loving wife is moving and heart-wrenching. Robertson Dean's narration is strong and although it is at times dull and lacking certain conviction, it suits the somber mood of the book perfectly. There were moments in this story when I was brought to tears, and that is not an easy thing for a book to do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jana MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-18-11
    Jana MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "More Than a Favorite!"
    Would you listen to What Dreams May Come again? Why?

    I already have listened to this multiple times and have dragged a few friends along for the ride!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Dreams May Come?

    The vivid and detailed description of Summerland (heaven, the other side etc). I was amazed, even startled by how it naturally resonated with my own spiritual belief system. Beautiful and comforting, imaginative, even magical.

    Outside of the story, there is a lengthy bibliography of literature used in the writing of this book. Much explores near death experiences and research on supernatural topics. This is not available on the audio book, but the introduction to the book states that the entire story is based solely on these referenced materials. I was so motivated to explore these resources that I had to go purchase a paper copy just for that bibliography!


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The richness and depth of his voice really grabs you and takes hold of you. It's a lovely compliment to Richard Matheson's writing style. Wonderfully descriptive and deeply affecting. I once made the mistake of trying to listen to the audio book before bed. I became so enthralled with the story and wonderful narration, that I finally decided to turn my ipod off at 3am or I wouldn't have gotten any sleep at all!


    Who was the most memorable character of What Dreams May Come and why?

    That's hard to choose. I want to say Chris Neilson is the most memorable because he dominates the story, but I have to say Albert is the least forgettable for me... ;)


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing book! More than a book, really. A genuine, potentially life altering exploration of a sacred knowing built into the depths of our hearts and spirits. This book is so much more than a love story or even an interesting concept of the afterlife. When approached with an open mind, it will take you to a very special, exciting place and will leave you to consider your own personal journey through life... And beyond!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Casiano Maywood, IL, United States 08-29-11
    Casiano Maywood, IL, United States 08-29-11
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    "So very interesting, really makes you think"

    I thought it was excellent! This was the first time I've been soo intrigued with a book that i went straight thru the book in a couple of days. I didnt look at this thru the eyes of religion, but with the possibility of truth! What if that is what lies before us?....makes me look at my life in a different light. To know we will be held accountable for everything we do, makes me wanna live better, respect time and my life. The book kept me interested for the entire time i listened. I loved it...great listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deana Starr Tacoma, WA 03-23-14
    Deana Starr Tacoma, WA 03-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Haunting and beautiful"
    If you could sum up What Dreams May Come in three words, what would they be?

    This is a story of true love that endures a journey through heaven and hell to find each other. Beautifully written and narrated. This book give another perspective on an after life.


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    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 04-12-11
    Joy Laurel, MD, United States 04-12-11
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    "Some Christians may find offensive"

    It's an odd story told in an odd way. I feel compelled to note that it seemed to go out of it's way to talk about "the church" in a somewhat negative tone but not other religions. It seems to embrace Hindi, and Buddism, which is fine but there isn't much of a balanced approached in my view. All in all it was okay. Vivid depiction of the story as it's told. I only listened at bed time. I must say I had weird/interesting dreams that week.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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