Author(s): Alan Lightman
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100018873
Released: Nov 01, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792751427
Narrator/s: Christopher Price
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David is a modest man who works in a bank, lives in a rooming house, enjoys books and quiet walks by the lake. Three months after unexpectedly being fired from his job, he takes a temporary position at a mortuary. And there, sitting alone in the "slumber room" one late afternoon, he sees something that he cannot comprehend, something that no science can explain, something that will force him to question everything he believes in, including himself. After his metaphysical experience, all his relationships change-with his estranged wife, his girlfriend, his mother-and he grudgingly finds himself at the center of a bitter public controversy over the existence of the supernatural.

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Author(s): Alan Lightman
Product Number EB00173371
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780375425295

Professional reviews

"Reminiscent of Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart," this story begins with manic introspection. A man is trying to decide if he has really experienced a metaphysical event--or if he's going mad. An abrupt switch in point of view from the first person in the opening to third-person narration for the remainder of the story is a bit confusing as there is no pause or warning. But Christopher Price steps up to the storytelling delightfully as the listener delves into protagonist David's life after he witnesses a supernatural occurrence. Price captures the mortuary's crew with aplomb, as well as the doubting townspeople whom David has to deal with after he becomes a local oddity. Listeners who enjoy a modern ghost story will enjoy this. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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