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  • Written by: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Under the Whispering Door

Written by: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
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Publisher's Summary

"Narrator Kirt Groves provides an excellently distinct cast of voices."- Locus

A Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Welcome to Charon's Crossing.

The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.

And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead.

But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home.

"Graves matches his narrative pace to the measured unwinding of the story's layers, focused but unhurried, in the same way that Hugo brews his therapeutic cups of tea." —AudioFile

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2021 TJ Klune (P)2021 Macmillan Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ2S+

What the critics say

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND INDIE BESTSELLER
An Indie Next Pick!
 

“There is so much to enjoy in Under the Whispering Door, but what I cherish the most is its compassion for the little things — a touch, a glance, a precious piece of dialogue — healing me, telling me that for all the strangenesses I hold, I am valued, valid — and maybe even worthy of love.” (Ryka Aoki, Light from Uncommon Stars)

"Narrator Kirt Groves provides an excellently distinct cast of voices."- Locus 

"A warm hug of a book about a Grinch of a man who dies and a ferryman, who helps the dead in their journey onwards. Under the Whispering Door is a kind book, full of faith in the goodness of people, full of kind people showing how compassion is a strength. It broke my heart with its unflinching understanding that grief never goes away, never empties, only settles into the room of your soul like a strange souvenir. And then it healed me in the next breath.” —Cassandra Khaw, author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth

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It was enjoyable

After finishing House in the Cerulean Sea, I immediately pre-ordered this book and waited many months for it.
Many of the characters had the same charm I fell in love with in HCS, but I found the story to be a bit… lacking. I wasn’t dying to finish it, and the romance part let me down a bit. I felt like it didn’t develop enough throughout the book before they were ‘madly in love’
There were moments I found myself laughing while doing the dishes and like I mentioned, the characters were lovely. Though I do not see myself doing another listen anytime soon.

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just wow

I adore this book. it made me weep in the best way possible. worth it!

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Underwhelmed

Not a very compelling story. The character development was lacking and the dialogue unconvincing.

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10/10

Fantastic story full of unique whimsical surprises. A journey into a beautifully imagined afterlife possibility. I Loved the characters, the writing, the narration- everything!

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Not really for me but lots of reasons to recommend

Imaginative. The story as good. I wish I had read he book rather than listened to it because I found the reader too mellow dramatic for me. I would have heard the characters’ voices differently if I had read it.

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So good!

This book was amazing. The plot, the atmosphere, the humour. Everything just flowed perfectly and I cried real tears multiple times.

I loved it so much, I had to go out and buy the hard copy

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ghost stories were made for queer romance

Being queer makes you feel like a ghost at times. You are shoved away from a life you are told is meant for you. Into a world that can seem frightening. In my case, I was always told it would be hell. But as Wallace finds out, family is not blood. Home is not a house. And if the living world - the world you had to leave - has you feeling as though pieces of yourself are disappearing? Perhaps it was never meant for you at all.

Queerness and ghost stories go hand in hand. We are one in the same. Beings who live in secret, who cannot touch the ones they love no matter how much they ache for it. Existing in quiet, with stories written of how dangerous we are. But TJ Klune is sure to show that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. That we are here to do more than haunt the shadows. Even if you are afraid, even if you are just passing through. You are not alone. You will always find someone to share a cup of tea with.

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Absolutely adored this

This book is curiosity and imagination at its best. I fell in love with every character. A beautiful perspective on life and what comes next. Do yourself a favour and read this. I even bought a paper copy after!

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All the stars

This has now become my favourite book of all time. From the characters to the story, this audiobook was incredible.

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Wow. What a book.

This was such an incredible book, from start to finish. The story and its meanings are going to be staying with me for a long while. And the beauty of the book is brought to life by an OUTSTANDING performance by Kirt Graves. Every character so well voiced and easily identifiable, and so much emotion perfectly put into every scene.

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