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Publisher's Summary

Two stories from SUM: Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman.

In 'Metamorphosis', read by Stephen Fry, there are three deaths, first when the body ceases to function, second when the body is consigned to the grave and third when your name is spoken for the last time and you must wait in a lobby for this death to occur.

In 'Impulse', read by Jack Davenport, humans are the small networked units of hardware running a massive and unseen software programme, the product of three cosmic Programmers.

In SUM, David Eagleman entertains 40 fictional possibilities of life beyond death. With wit and humanity, he asks the key questions about existence, hope, technology and love. These stories are full of big ideas and bold imagination.

This release is one of 20 pairings of readings from the audiobook, which assembles a stellar cast of narrators who bring the scenarios of SUM brilliantly alive: Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Jack Davenport, Lisa Dwan, David Eagleman, Noel Fielding, Kerry Fox, Stephen Fry, Clarke Peters, Lemn Sissay and Harriet Walter.

©2009 David Eagleman (P)2010 Canongate Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"You will not read a more dazzling book this year." (Stephen Fry)
"SUM has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius." (OBSERVER)

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