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Publisher's Summary

Degrees of Separation was originally penned by a squadron of Black Sabbath fans at a Steely Dan show. The pages that weren't used for rolling special cigarettes were retrieved from the floor of the concert hall, and then (barely) translated into this book here.
Mystical. Weird. Hilarious. It's a tale of idiots. It's a tale of life. A dumb cast of characters you have to see to believe. The surgeon on an acid trip. The lazy Uncle who fuses with his favorite chair. The boy who comes back from the dead for revenge. Bootsy Collins. What do these people have in common? About as much as you have with Kevin Bacon.
Witness how the actions of one can affect the lives on many in these Degrees of Separation. Get ready for a downward spiral through hell. Through beauty and nightmares, through comedy and tragedy. Where is this all headed? Is this the end?
©2016 Marc Richard (P)2017 Marc Richard
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-27-18

There is no separation, everything is connected.

The book start off with arson, moves into a murder game, and transitions from a man being attacked by a computer virus to a dog's POV. This is a true stream of consciousness novel, and I had never read one before and really had no expectations at all. Each and every story is connected to the one that preceded it in some way.

The narrative does meander, and there is no clear cut beginning middle or end; it is mostly just MIDDLE. That is not a bad thing, the story doesn't need them. It just needs to move ahead like a shark swimming. Each tale is unique, and the dialogue is creative and fun. The only issue I had was when we had to hear David Dear repeat, "You've got mail!" 28 times in rapid succession.

Speaking of the amazing Mr. Dear, he does a fantastic job here. He just commands the story from page one, and his dulcet tones really do help you flow down that stream of conciousness river. I am quickly becoming a fan of his.

Seperate but connected, that is the theme of this book. Make the right connection, and get it for yourself.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 06-18-17

Entertaining to anyone who enjoys unconventional

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend to my friends that have an unusual sense of humour and tolerance for the strange.

Which character – as performed by David S. Dear – was your favorite?

There are too many characters. David used various voices to identify individual characters but the book was mostly a narrative.

Any additional comments?

If you want a "sunny-side up novel- don't read this. If you enjoy the unconventional and strange I believe you will enjoy this book.
Each chapter is a stand alone narrative about an event in a character's life or some random ramblings. As you listen/ read through the book, some characters or stories are connected, hence the title of the book. I did not catch a connection with every story however. Maybe I need to listen a second time.
I found myself intrigued with each chapter but also questioning when "the point" would become obvious. I've never before enjoyed a book that I've had such conflicted feelings about let alone be curious to listen to it again.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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