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A Short Stay in Hell Audiobook

A Short Stay in Hell

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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 OREGON 11-24-15
    Elle OREGON 11-24-15

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 06-05-15 Member Since 2017

    That idiot from the Canadian electro-post-genre punk band, Uncle Outrage. Hey. How's it going?

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    "...Best Audiobook I Have EVER Experienced..."
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    Wow.
    Just-
    ...Wow...
    I was BEYOND blown away by this book. It has completely raised the bar on my expectations of what a book can be.
    And all of this from an author which I had never even heard of.
    From beginning to end, this story had me completely hooked.
    Had I not been FORCED to take a few breaks, I am positive that I would have listened the entire 3 hours without stopping. The storyline is SO compelling and captivating that I don't believe I will EVER forget this book.

    Easily my new favorite novel.

    10.00 / 10.00

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2016

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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. 01-04-15
    C. S. 01-04-15 Member Since 2012

    a humble, seeking, loudmouth, Jesus lover, and sometimes heretic explores his questions, concerns, and varied interests through books.

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    "Interesting Idea"

    This is a good story. Not what I expected - using Zoro Astrianism was an interesting choice. I like the idea of Hell being something simple like a never ending library. Good read. Wish there was a conclusion at the end though.

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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 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazon Customer 05-09-14 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "So good! Reminded me of classic Twilight Zone"

    I don't usually go in for short books-- I like to get my money's worth on audible. HOWEVER, this story can't be missed. It's simply amazing.

    This instantly made my list of best short sci-fi of all time. It will stick in my brain forever.

    I wish there was more.

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    Debra B 04-29-14
    Debra B 04-29-14 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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