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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author of The Adults Alison Espach’s short story "In-Depth Market Research Interviews with Dead People" is an at-once hilarious and heart-breaking portrait of a dead woman’s marriage and the Volvo that stood in the middle of it all. 

If you knew you were going to die in two years, would you still have gone with the Volvo? So begins the first question of this interview between the recently deceased Linda and her Volvo’s Market Research representative. Over the course of the rest of the interview, listen in and roll down your window into not only a woman’s marriage but a psyche. This brilliantly woven tale shines a light on our collective idiosyncrasies, neuroses, and desires. In the tradition of Sally Rooney and Maria Semple, Alison Espach threads the needle between humor and devastation and emerges a master of observational satire and millennial voice.

©2020 Alison Espach (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • CR
  • 11-09-20

negative waste of time

This is one person's whiny story of a meaningless life. A victim complaining and blaming others for her lack of self, and then being selfish and endangering others when she finally decides to feel like she lived a little. I guess there's a blunt lesson in here about living your life. But it was a negative waste of time for me, and not at all what I expected based on the description. I think it's aimed at a different audience, perhaps boomers, as I did think of my mother in the slightly redeeming last minute.

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  • Angela
  • 10-09-20

Great short story!

This was perfect while I cooked dinner for my family. Alison's writing is a treat!

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  • Poopoo
  • 13-09-20

Yikes

Lady basically takes her family for granted and tries to home wreck the neighbor. Author has some weird thing about volvos. Has nothing to do with actual death or passing, it's like a 40min long car ad.

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  • ZenMuppet
  • 12-09-20

Excellent concept for a short story

One of the best Audible Originals I’ve read. This was a great concept for a short story: very creative perspective, funny, relatable, deep, and well-executed. The narration was spot-on.
I kinda wish this had been a series of similar stories ... post-mortem interviews and focus groups seems like a great setting for a short story anthology.

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  • Susan
  • 11-09-20

Wonderful story

I listened to this 3x I thought it was so wonderful! Will look for more for this author.

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  • Ms.Ravelled
  • 10-09-20

quirky short story

The narrators were perfect. The premise was intriguing. The ending answered some questions and left others hanging.

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  • Linux Chick
  • 13-09-20

Thought provoking

I’ve already listened to this book twice. It really makes you think. And I’m still thinking about it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-20

Don’t be swayed by the negative reviews

The story was great, the interaction between the market researcher and the protagonist was witty. Overall great short story.

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  • Andrea
  • 15-09-20

This was, short, sweet, and had all the feels.

I needed a switch from my normal listens and this fit the bill. It was funny, and touching, and full of truth. Definitely worth the listen.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 21-09-20

Touching story! Made me think!

In-Depth Market Research Interviews with Dead People by Alison Espach is an Audible Original. This Audible really made me think about what is important in life. Do you want boring all the time? What really makes you happy? If you knew you were going to die, would you do anything different? Buy something fun? Do something daring? Go see something new? It was a touching story, although short, it was powerful.

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