What Dreams May Come

  • by Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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An amazing look into the hereafter...

I fell in love with this book after seeing the movie version starring Robin Williams many years ago. When I originally read this book, I realized how vastly different it was to the movie, in its settings, message and general story-line. This audio book is no different. Personally, as much as I loved the movie, the book is a thousand times better.

This book follows the general ideas of most every religion and smartly puts them into a single concept of "Summer Land", which is everyone’s own personal vision of heaven. This book talks about the various concepts of heaven and hell, and from a first person perspective is both remarkably enticing, and disturbing.

We all have our own concepts of what will or will not happen to us when we die, but this books seems to tackle intelligently all the concepts of heaven and the hereafter, without rebuking or insulting any one belief system.

Richard Matheson has created a beautiful world of the hereafter that anyone would be grateful to go to, based on all major documents from cultures around the world, taking the gross roots of all concepts and finding the balance between them all to create a new world. No matter what your beliefs of life after death, this is a fantstic novel about death, never giving up on life, and knowing when to let go... this journey takes you on a first person perspective on the process of death, finding your own heaven, seeing the paradise the awaits, and the torment of hell we create for ourselves as well in our own negative thoughts and actions...

I highly recommend this book. The narrator is a little bland at times, but easy enough to over look...
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- Shaun "Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything..."

So much more than the movie.

I watched the movie a few years ago, but wish I'd listened to the book first.. There is so much more to the book. Great story.. Since this was originally written in 1978, it seems even more powerful to me. Mr. Matheson had a great insight into what we now call New Age thinking. Worth the listen to. Paints a vivid picture in your mind of the places the main character is traveling. I'm sure it upset many religious groups when it first came out, and probably still does, but if you are open minded and question very strict main stream religious believes, you'll probably really enjoy this book.
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- Karen "Karen of Northern Michigan"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.