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To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Series: Riverworld, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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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.

©1971 Philip José Farmer (P)2000 Recorded Books

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"One of the most imaginative worlds in science fiction." ( Booklist)

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missing the rest of the riverworld series

the story of riverworld is one of my favourite sci-fi works. having read all the books this audio book was enjoyable. it is a shame the remaining 4 books in the tale are not available on audible.

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Great story, well told

This was my first introduction to Phillip Jose Farmer, and I have to say I loved it. Great science fiction writing, with a fascinating central idea, well-developed and entertaining characters, and fluent writing. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some great science fiction writing.

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Seriously, all SF fans should try this.

What made the experience of listening to To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

I've loved this book for many years - it is one of my very favourites and always makes me think.. "what would I do if I was there... oh... I am there, wonder what I AM doing?" :) It is one of those books that delivers a premise so unusual and profound that it will stick with you.

What other book might you compare To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1 to, and why?

I have always thought that (the somehow often overlooked) author Edmund Cooper wrote several books that remind me of Scattered Bodies - particularly 'Seahorse in the sky', but also 'Transit' and the magnificent 'Overman Culture'.
Obviously, Farmer's sequel, 'The Fabulous Riverboat' is a must read after this one and 'The Dark Design' (although I remember being less engaged with that one.
Other Farmer books might shock the reader expecting more of 'Scattered' but I particularly liked 'Strange Relations' - for the strong reader, Flesh and Blown are fascinating...

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Tricky, I love the initial scene of resurrection; but the ones that probably stick in the memory most are the 'awakening in the chamber', the 'giganthropes at the head of the river' and 'the dreamgum episode'.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Gwen dying, Goring's dreams.

Any additional comments?

I greatly enjoyed the 'voice' - well done. Next one please - Riverboat. BTW - there was a film made of the book but it is not great :(

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I adore this story for many reasons

What did you like most about To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1?

I love the story itself, it's a great idea, ahead of its time. Engaging and unusual.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is simple to begin with, people wake and are somewhere they don't expect, all people, any one who has died. But the story then looks at the human state, how we behave, good and evil and the spirit of adventure and ultimately our desire to know and to learn.

I can't listen to this enough - I'm really sad the rest of the saga is not available. (Just get the books and read them, it's worth it

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I could listen to this book on repeat!

Any additional comments?

Please try and get the rest of the saga!

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One of my favourite books!

I've listen to this numerous times good narration excellent book. Can we have the sequels please!

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ERM! OK... it was dated, but... still enjoyable

it was dated in the way it was written. a bit like watching an old black n white movie... but a good one. I think it could have been what inspired the matrix? or "edge if tomorrow" as it had these themes. but also a great delve into history and how differing cultures through time would react to each other. I can understand how it won such accolades as it would of been cutting edge at its time. worth a read and please audible... it's a trilogy so we would like the next 2. thanks

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absolutely fantastic

Can't recommend this enough, such a gripping story and brilliant narration. listen to this book....and get the sequels on here!!!

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