The Ghost in Love

  • by Jonathan Carroll
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Just after a man falls in the snow and hits his head on a stone curb, a ghost arrives to take his soul to the afterlife. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die. Flabbergasted, the ghost appeals to his boss for further direction and is instructed to stay with the man until the strange "problem" is worked out.Things get complicated when the ghost falls madly, deeply in love with the man's girlfriend. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was supposed to because, for the first time, human beings have decided to take back their fates from the gods. It's a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.This truly magical book is about love, talking dogs, ghosts who happen to be gourmet cooks, picnicking in the rain with yourself at 20 different ages, and what happens to us when we become the masters of our own fate.

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What the Critics Say

"I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats - with devilish tricks inside them." (Washington Post)

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Customer Reviews

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A drunkard's philosophy text

Wow... my opinion is definitely in the minority - it would seem that many people actually liked this book! I found it to be... a very poor knock-off of Palahniuk's writing style (i.e. Lullaby). (If you have read Lullaby then you will have an idea of exactly how this story is written) It is, sorta, a fictional look at the nature of identity. The first half of the story is much much better than the second half - probably because you're still hoping that the pieces will come together and you'll have a sensible story.

It does not, and you will not. The second half of the book is a steady slope downhill to some sort of insane understanding of personality/identity, and the end of the book is just stupid... (a philosophy text written by someone who's had too much to drink?)

The description and title are misleading... if you stretch your imagination, it's about a man falling in love (or at least coming to terms with) with the various aspects of himself, but the ghost falling in love is a very minor and almost unnecessary add-on to the story.

I did finish it, but only because I kept hoping it would make sense at the end... if it were a paperback, I'd have skipped to the end from the half-way point to see that it doesn't get any better, and then moved on to my next book.
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

Rather Convoluted

This book occasionally forgets where it's at. The author seems to have mixed up some scenes in the book. For instance, he goes through one scene and follows it with what took place right before that. I can't imagine this was done for effect as the only effect is confusion.

Also, the title and this line from the summary, "Things get complicated when the ghost falls madly, deeply in love with the man's girlfriend," have so little to do with the story that it would probably be better off left out entirely.

The first half of the book was pretty good and fairly gripping but it just seems to fall apart in the second half. I'm not sure if I'll read another of the author's books.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.