To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1 : Riverworld

  • by Philip Jose Farmer
  • Narrated by Paul Hecht
  • Series: Riverworld
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Original and provocative, To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the 1971 Hugo Award for outstanding science fiction novel and has continued to be a favorite of generations of new listeners.For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.With hunger and disease eliminated, Burton and the others appear to have everything they need - except an answer to the question "Why?" Both swashbuckling adventure and insightful examination into mankind's constant search for answers to the unanswerable, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is voiced by narrator Paul Hecht to emphasize every thrilling moment of discovery.


What the Critics Say

Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1972
"One of the most imaginative worlds in science fiction." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic World

Philip Jos? Farmer is a master of creating worlds, and Riverworld's probing of history and religion, mixed with a world of seemingly endless life is a perfect example. The only drawback is the other books in the series haven't been released yet- Let alone The World of Tiers series.
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- T. Leed


I first read this book quite a few years ago. The concept was certainly intriguing--everyone you know or know of from your lifetime or history is resurrected along the banks of a river that makes the Amazon look like spring runoff. I really enjoyed Sir Richard Francis Burton as the protagonist through the series and enjoyed appearances by other characters like Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and Hermann Goering. How everyone reacts to conditions both more advanced that they had known during life and also more primitive makes for an excellent series.
I hope that we get the rest of these books in the near future and that the World of Tiers series comes about, too.
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- Blaine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books