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SUM: Distance (Lisa Dwan) / Narcissus (Harriet Walter)

Narrated by: Lisa Dwan, Harriet Walter
Length: 8 mins

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Two stories from SUM: Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman.

In 'Distance', read by Lisa Dwan, in the afterlife you find yourself in a beautiful land of milk and honey, and you discover that you are allowed to ask one question of your Maker.

In 'Narcissus', read by Harriet Walter, in the afterlife you receive a clear answer about our purpose on the Earth: our mission is to collect data.

In SUM, 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 release is one of 20 pairings of readings from the audiobook, which assembles a stellar cast of narrators 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.

©2009 David Eagleman (P)2010 Canongate Audiobooks

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"You will not read a more dazzling book this year." (Stephen Fry)
"SUM has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius." (OBSERVER)

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