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In-Depth Market Research Interviews with Dead People: Tempur-Pedic

By: Alison Espach
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans,Suzanne Savoy
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About the Creator

Alison Espach is the author of the novel The Adults, a New York Times’ "Editor’s Choice", a Barnes and Noble Discover Award selection, a Wall Street Journal "Top 10 Novel of the Year", a Kirkus and Library Journal "Editor’s Choice", and a Chicago Tribune "#1 Reader Recommendation". Her short stories and essays have appeared in Vogue, Joyland, Glamour, The Lincoln Center Theater Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, McSweeney’s, Five Chapters, and more. She is currently a professor of Creative Writing at Providence College in Rhode Island.

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love this series

The interviewer's dry, predictable marketing questions make me think. It's not so much about being dead but evaluating your life. Not morbid at all.

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nice little listen

just as enjoyable as the short story about the toilet paper. keep them coming please!

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  • GK
  • 11-25-22

Terrible!!!!

If I hear the word “like” one more time, I’ll just do what the main character did…

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Interesting!

Enjoyed the story/interview. Sad and amusing, really enjoyed the women who narrated the story.

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interesting story

very thought provoking little story. very original. wish it was longer or had more stories like it in the book.

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  • TC
  • 10-24-22

Clever Story Idea Makes for a Fun Experience

Different from anything I’ve listened to before, I found this quite enjoyable, with good narration that conveyed a bit of snarkiness in just the right places, adding a level of humor the reader wouldn’t get to experience in written format. I probably enjoyed the story more than some because I’ve slept on a Tempur-Pedic mattress for over twenty years, just recently purchasing a new one with an adjustable “old people” base, (according to the boyfriend in the story). My only suggestion to the author would be to research Tempur’s offerings a bit better, as the protagonist supposedly purchased the top-of-the-line mattress that took all of her savings, but the Tempur Cloud is actually a lower end version. The market research questions and commentary had me laughing out loud several times. I really enjoyed this and will listen to the others. Highly recommended.

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These “in-depth” stories are funny

Sometimes it’s nice to have a short story to start and finish on a lunch break or commute. These are just right for those kinds of listens.

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These are funny

These little short skits are funny, but this one was not the best. Still something fun and unique to listen to while cooking dinner or doing other things.

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Couldn't Get Past the First 10 Minutes

I thought this was going to be comical and humorous, and I really wanted it to work. But when it's boring within the first 10 minutes, you know it's time to move on to the next book.

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Laugh out loud fiction story

This audiobook is just crazy — in a good way, though. It tells the story of a dead actress who is interviewed by a bed company’s employee. While the interviewer asks her specific questions about the mattress, the interviewee narrates her story and what led to her death. Brilliant.

Great narrator too!

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  • Florence Gaye
  • 10-30-22

Wonderfully intimate glimpse into a life.

This is such a unique concept by author, Alison Espach and beautifully written. As the title suggests, this is an interview with a young woman, who is deceased, by a market researcher, who is not. The fact that the interviewee is dead gives the interview an almost objective perspective as death seems to have provided a distance from the recollections of the events surrounding the time that the Temper Pur mattress was purchased. We get to observe close hand the unfolding of a relationship, it's demise and its aftermath and the whole is delivered with feeling, humour and occasionally, real sadness. I loved how the market researcher is entirely single minded in her pursuit of details relating to the Temper Pur's performance, apparently oblivious to the humanity of both the woman she interviews and the content of her story.
I really liked the central carachte; she is never snide or cranky, is generous and is accepting when acknowledging her own involvement in her death. Although this story is emotional, it is never maudlin and did not lower my mood . As soon as it ended, I replayed it to listen for a second time.
The actresses, Susan Savoy and Elizabeth Evans (coincidentally my Great Grandmother's first and last names, though she was always 'Tinny') were marvellous and gave rich and wholly believable performances which enriched my listening experience.
I'm looking forward to listening to the other two stories in this series.

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  • JACQUI
  • 10-06-22

strange

strange.. couldn't understand what on earth it was about, so I kept listening to the end. weird.