The Brief History of the Dead

Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Imprint: Clipper Audio
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.62 hours)
Product Number: Z01038
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449894634
Narrator/s: Richard Poe
Please log in to view pricing


From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City's only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.


Please login to view pricing, or register now
The Brief History of the Dead
Product Number: BX00006657
Product Number:C3519
Product Number:Z01038

This title is part of (or scheduled to be part of) the following subscriptions:

RBdigital Audio - Pub Library - Adult Bestseller Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Pub Library - US Collection
Recorded Books Unlimited Access Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Higher Ed - Curriculum - Platinum Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Pub Library - Canada Collection
RBdigital Unlimited Audio for Higher Education
RBdigital Unlimited Audio - Healthcare - Adult Collection

All formats/editions

Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Narrator(s): Richard Poe
Product Number C3519
Released: Feb 16, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419369094
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Product Number EB00173355
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780375424236

Professional reviews

"There are two worlds in this imaginative story. Narrator Richard Poe expertly portrays this action-adventure with a message, in which a viral infection threatens the world's population. Heroine Laura Byrd, caught in the blistering cold of Antarctica during a research mission, may be the only person who survives the pandemic. Her struggle against insurmountable odds is both pulse-pounding and heart-breaking. Most interesting is the world of the afterlife, where inhabitants live as long as they are remembered by someone here on Earth. The lyric description as rendered by Poe makes this a book more enjoyable to listen to than to read. R.O. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter