Sum: Tales from the Afterlives

  • by David Eagleman
  • Narrated by David Eagleman, Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Noel Fielding, Stephen Fry
  • 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this astounding book, David Eagleman entertains 40 fictional possibilities of life beyond death. With wit and humanity he asks the key questions about existence, hope, technology and love.
These stories are full of big ideas and bold imagination.This audiobook assembles a stellar cast of readers who bring the scenarios of SUM brilliantly alive: Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Jack Davenport, Lisa Dwan, David Eagleman, Noel Fielding, Kerry Fox, Stephen Fry, Clarke Peters, Lemn Sissay and Harriet Walter.


What the Critics Say

"You will not read a more dazzling book this year." (Stephen Fry)
"SUM has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius." (Observer)
"This delightful, thought-provoking little collection...will haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned." (Alexander McCall Smith)
"Elegant, surreal and philosophically questioning, each story from neuroscientist Eagleman offers an inventive, thought-provoking blend of science and romance." (Metro)
"SUM is terrific . . .The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose and the calm air of moral understanding that pervades this book add up to something completely original." (Philip Pullman)
"Read SUM and be amazed." (Time)
"Witty, bright, sharp, and unexpected - as surprising a book as I've read for years. Every story is a new Heaven." (Brian Eno)
'Welcome to the audiobook intiative of the year. Brian Eno staged a community-centric version of this cult hit for the Brighton Festival - but audio is best for capturing Eagleman's frank but sympathetic bedside manner'. (Time Out)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A gem of a book not to be missed

If you have things to do before the end of this year - downloading this book MUST be one of them. From the get go you know you are onto a winner - no matter what genre of book you prefer to read.. make this one for your collection. It is without a doubt simply brilliant.
ps I don't normally give reviews believing that people should be able to make up their own minds and would hate to rate something either good or bad as someone else may very well have a different view - BUT all that said, do yourself a good deed and get this book.
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- Vivienne


I absolutely love this! I have read this as well as listened to it three times. I love how easily digestible it is with most of the stories only lasting 2 or 3 minutes. However in that 2 or 3 minutes the most profound message can be communicated. Some have stayed with me more than others but I love them all. What an amazing mind David Eagleman has, I am envious of his talent and how he managed to create all these different Worlds and give them such life in the short space of time that each story lasts. Also with the all-star cast of narrators you will not be disappointed, I could not complain about any of them as they are brilliant.
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-03-2010
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd