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White Apples | [Jonathan Carroll]

White Apples

Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Gradually, he discovers he was brought back by his true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child - a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), worked with the book's author to cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on White Apples: "In his performance, Victor Bevine manages to convey three aspects of Vincent’s personality: the womanizing hedonist he was in life, the now-dead fellow trying to control his rising panic who realizes his one-night-stand knows today is his mother’s birthday; and, ultimately, the loving, heroic family man who undertakes a big task for the sake of his unborn son and - incidentally - the rest of humanity. That’s a tall order for any narrator, but I wasn’t surprised when the accomplished actor Victor Bevine made the character come alive.”

Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Gradually, he discovers he was brought back by his true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child - a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.

But to be brought up right, the child must learn what Vincent learned on the other side - if only Vincent can remember it. On a father’s love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is.

By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible, White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes.

To hear more from Neil Gaiman on White Apples, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©2002 Jonathan Carroll (P)2012 Jonathan Carroll

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    Jason Coffin 05-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Thank you Neil!!! Carroll is my new favorite."
    If you could sum up White Apples in three words, what would they be?

    Surreal, hilarious, mind-stretching.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Apples?

    The entire concept of being dead while being alive.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    Vincent


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

    Yes, but unfortunately that is impossible for me, but I couldn't wait to get in my car to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Murakami, Gaiman, Mieville, or Scalzi you might as well go ahead and get this one. I listened to Land of Laughs first and enjoyed it so much I immediately went for White Apples. I feared it wouldn't live up to "LOL" but it was just as fun to listen too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amani GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 07-18-12
    Amani GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 07-18-12
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    "In one word: "Delicious""

    I like White Apples for the same reason I like Neil Gaiman's own writing. It's strange and interesting. Like the nightmare that you kind of, almost don't want to wake up from. Victor Bevine was the perfect choice for a narrator. His voice, and the beauty of Jonathan Carroll's language, and the fascinating character driven story... just... delicious.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 04-26-12
    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 04-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Phenominal"
    What made the experience of listening to White Apples the most enjoyable?

    Victor Bevine is extraordinary. He lights up the beautiful text with his voice and seamless transitions. They could have a spell it read this book and I'd still cry, the story is that interesting. But the marriage of Carrol and Bevine makes this book less of a story and more of an experience.


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

    I doubt they could do this book justice, but if Tarsem or Fincher gave it a shot it would be something like: How far would you go for love?


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this. Don't think, just download.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara United States 06-02-12
    Barbara United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Thought provoking but too long and drawn out"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend but with caution. It was pretty long and drawn out and though artfully written it was like treading through a dream. Some parts seemed disconnected. With that said, however, there were some incredibly thought provoking parts....particularly in the beginning with the ideas that the main character is dead - and how does he really know he is no longer here.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was the idea of the strory was the mosiac and the role of chaos with respect to the mosaic. This was amazing and outstanding!! It definitely changes your view of life after death - or rather what comes after the end. Forever changed my view of chaos and the role it plays in life (or afterlife) if one ascribes to it!


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    Favorite character by Victor Bevine was Isabelle - and her amazing, flawless accent.


    Could you see White Apples being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It did remind me some of What Dreams May Come. Scarlett Johansen for Isabelle and Jude Law for Vincent


    Any additional comments?

    The credit was worth it for the accent, the mosiac and the chaos!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 03-22-14
    Scott United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Why Neil, why?"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Carroll and/or Victor Bevine?

    No. The beginning of this book is so inane and idiotic in its description of the main character's flirting with women that by the time things started happening beyond the flirting I just couldn't tolerate it. I get this character is a philandering would be lothario but present him in an interesting way at least. The writing felt amateurish and bordered on the edge of Danielle Steele-ishness. If you're into poorly written stories about possibly dead, debatably debonaire douche bags then I guess this one might be for you. But NG, you let us down with this one. You can't win 'em all.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably not something from the Gaiman collection.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Victor Bevine?

    No one. This book should have remained un narrated and lost in the graveyards of used bookstores' bargain bins.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2002

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "I want more books!"

    .I ordered this from the Neil Gaiman present's section, thinking as much as I enjoy his stories I might like one he likes himself. Not disappointed at all, except that I want more. This was a unique and fun story. I found myself listening to parts over again because of the details. I hated the way the book ended. It was kind of left up to your own imagination to figure out how things might happen, but it was ended so that there could be more story. I immediately began to look for a book 2. I thought the narration was superbly done, and will definitely look to get more from the author and the narrator both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 07-13-12
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't bother"

    Still wondering how it got such glowing reviews! First, the narration was horrible. I felt like Victor was whispering and talking in a very hesitant way that was very distracting to listening to the actual story. Then the story was very disjointed and lacking in depth. Pointless really if I think about it. I almost quit, but ended up staying with it. Don't understand how it got such a recommendation from Neil Gaiman.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Walnut, CA, United States 07-02-12
    Andrea Walnut, CA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Okay, but not great"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Carroll and/or Victor Bevine?

    Probably not.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less esoteric and less absorbed with Victor. Perhaps a parallel plot with other main characters coming back from the dead. The mosaic idea was not very original but had some poesy.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    Isabel


    Did White Apples inspire you to do anything?

    Be less in love with my main characters in my own writing


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was fine. I wasn't that impressed with the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Hercules, CA, United States 06-11-12
    Wendy Hercules, CA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Preposterous, in a bad way"

    I enjoy Neil Gaimans work greatly, and recommend it frequently. While this novel features some of the speculative nature of his work, it is fundamentally flawed.
    The premise of the book is intriguing--a man realizes he's dead, his heart has stopped, and needs to learn why he's been brought back to life. For what purpose? He's told repeatedly that he wouldn't understand, there are hints of greater purpose... and when the big reason is finally revealed, I wonder, "really? this was what was so difficult to understand?"
    Spoiler alert! The fascination of a novel like this one is to see its philosophy unfold, the rules it sets for itself, and how it can resolve itself within these rules. But at the end, this novel breaks its fundamental premise: that the main character is dead, putting him in the hospital clinging to... what? Death? He needs a blood infusion, this man who is dead and without a heart beat?
    The novel does feature some lovely details of a relationship that are interesting and delightful. However, the german accent given to the Austrian girlfriend is distracting and overbearing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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