Elsewhere

  • by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by Cassandra Morris
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice. Elsewhere is where 15-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn 16, not 14 again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

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What the Critics Say

"Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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An interesting concept

I really enjoyed the reading of this book and felt Cassandra Morris was indeed suited to the telling. The thought of aging backwards was an interesting concept and the return of the babies to earth gave food for thought. Ms. Zevin's imagination was in full swing with the lives the inhabitants of Elsewhere were living or not living as the case may be.
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- Arleen

Wonderful listen!

Light-hearted, simplistic, yet thought-provoking! Although, written for young adults, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It is one of few audiobooks that I have felt compelled to jot down a review. It gives a unique look into life-after-death and reincarnation. Liz Hall, the main character, is a likeable 15 year old. She is very typical in her initial thinking, yet grows emotionally as she decreases physically in age. As a side note, I loved the idea of understanding and talking to dogs. I laughed out loud at the conversation of Sadie and Liz about drinking out of the toilet. I can definately see why teachers everywhere are using this as a group-read discussion book. Well done author Gabrielle Zevin and Cassandra Morris as the narrator!
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- Teresa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2005
  • Publisher: Listening Library