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What Dreams May Come Audiobook

What Dreams May Come

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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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    Jana MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-18-11
    Jana MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2015
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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!

    2 of 3 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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elise 05-09-17
    Elise 05-09-17
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    "So beautiful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This book is so beautiful and well written, it makes me want to cry. I can only hope that Summerland exists, such and peaceful and perfect world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MattyboySC 04-03-17
    MattyboySC 04-03-17
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    "Wildly unconventional afterlife views and abrasive concepts"

    I bought this audiobook because I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Wanting more details, and enjoying the story is much as I did, I assumed that the book would be along the same lines and just as enjoyable.

    Not only was the storyline completely different than The movie, the way that afterlife was depicted (especially at the end of the book) was completely different from traditional Christian views. That would not have necessarily been a problem, but I found the concepts portrayed in the book somewhat abrasive, and very strange.

    The two main characters in this story are soulmates, and go through four different lifetimes together, changing identity and relationships each time, one of which had them both as female, another as siblings (portraying incestual and gender ambiguities that give the story a confusing twist.)

    There is no God figure, no sense of justice, and no rules in the afterlife.

    The combination of all the above was so entirely different than the movie, that I completely lost interest in the story, and have no desire to keep it. In retrospect, I would've rather just stuck with the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. griffith louisa va 03-30-17
    K. griffith louisa va 03-30-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Beautiful"

    So much better than the movie. I hung on every word. I stayed in my car longer to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Detroit, MI, United States 03-10-17
    Janet Detroit, MI, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "love this book"

    this book is inspiring. Makes you want to do more in life and not fear dearh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Graham 02-12-17
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    "This book has given me strengths i never knew!"

    I can walk away grom this experience feeling empowered and capable of facing my life journey. I am pleasantly surprised and honered that my adventure has brought me here. Such a profound and compelling read; I am forever changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frankie carbajal 02-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad but..."

    This might be the first time in my life where I feel the movie was better then the book, maybe it's just a bias I have that it's my favorite movie, but it's different in such major ways that I just prefer one over the other

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-22-16
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    "amazing"

    I've been fascinated by the movie for going on a decade never knew about the book until recently and I wish I had read the book first it's amazing on epic proportions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deana Starr 03-23-14
    Deana Starr 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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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