Near Death

  • by Glenn Cooper
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Number-One International Best Seller
New from the internationally best-selling thriller writer Glenn Cooper, whose books have sold more than six million copies worldwide, comes Near Death.
A brilliant neuroscientist, obsessed with death since his own childhood near-death experience, resorts to drastic measures to prove the existence of the afterlife.
Milan, Italy, today. It is the most serious crisis that the world has ever faced. Bewildered, young and old, believers and atheists are asking all the same distressing questions: What will they do now that the greatest dream of humanity has turned into a nightmare? What will happen when the countdown clock winds to zero?
Boston, a few months before. It is the most complex investigation that Cyrus O'Malley has ever faced. The FBI special agent looks at photos of the victims for the umpteenth time and wonders why, after being strangled, the serial killer has drilled a tiny hole through their skull. For Cyrus the case becomes an obsession. To solve it he will be forced to give up everything he holds dear.
England, 1988. It is the most overwhelming feeling that Alex Weller has ever had. In ecstasy, at the pivot point between life and death, the boy sees a river of light flowing in front of him, and on the other side there is his father, joyfully urging him to join him. But Alex cannot move, and suddenly he is back at the site of the terrible car accident that has just killed his parents. Since that time Alex has had only one goal: to understand and relive that experience. Even if he is forced to kill.
Glenn Cooper has a background in archaeology from Harvard and practiced medicine as an infectious diseases specialist. He was the CEO of a biotechnology company for almost 20 years, has written numerous screenplays, and has produced three independent feature films. His novels have sold more than six million copies in 31 languages. He lives in Gilford, New Hampshire.

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What the Critics Say

"Cooper is one of the best new writers of conspiracy thrillers." (David Knights, Keighley News, UK)
"Glenn Cooper proves once again to have beaten Dan Brown in the field of esoteric thrillers." (Luca Crovi, Il Giornale)
"Glenn Cooper writes a masterpiece of suspense." (Peterborough Evening Telegraph, UK )

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Customer Reviews

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Another great listening experience

Once again I am blown away by a Bol from Glenn Cooper. Near Death was for me a very thought provoking listen. One thing I love about his books is that I get the impression I'm able to interpret the endings in my own way and don't have to have everything explained to me. As with his other books I know I wifi go back to listen to this one several more times. Can't wait for the next book.
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- Sandra "sandra7"

Not quite dead...yet

What made the experience of listening to Near Death the most enjoyable?

Typical creative writing ( in the horror/scifi vein of course ) by one of the masters, Glenn Cooper. Coopers knowledge of the subject ( and clearly his researchers ) put him in a special class of thriller authors, and this alone makes it a compelling listen.


If you’ve listened to books by Glenn Cooper before, how does this one compare?

For whatever reason I have listened to several books on the subject of the presumed after life/ what lays beyond/ coming back etc. in the relative recent past. This is an area that I am oddly drawn too, and this offering certainly adds to the interest and topic.


What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

Yes, as always. Cooper is a professional, and his work here reflect this. Wordy and in need of a solid editor , at least in audio format, it still wrings true, and is a fine example of a well researched thriller.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No much. Oliver Wyman is a solid performer, who shows both versatility and creativity in bringing these characters to life. ( pun intended ). Alex is an outstanding character indeed, but all the principals were compelling and interesting. Well done!


Any additional comments?

This is a fine example of the genre, and held my interest and attention the entire time. Highly recommended!

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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios