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Tears of Glass by David Lake is an unusual listen with its unique production of the written word and weaving it successfully with a sound track of music representing the late 60’s-80’s time period. The music connects with the listener reminding them of a time long gone and yet hooks the listener with its beat and lyrics.
Morgan is a man who finds himself a failure at everything he has done from his jobs to his career in songwriting to relationships. Now he finds that his friendship circle is growing increasingly smaller due to weird accidents. Accidentally, he becomes involved with government secrets, nuclear war, international espionage and more all because of his passion for 60’s-80’s blues music and a rejected demo tape from a blues artist. Not overly aware at first, he finds himself on the run – confused and having to deal with things larger than ever. Given his penchant for failure, will this be yet one more or will he manage to live a long life?
It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the conspiracies and characters. Lake is a masterful wordsmith describing vividly his characters and the plight they find themselves. The plot and music are cohesive and enhance one another brilliantly. The characters are well-developed and are clearly flawed but real. Lake’s skillful writing and the music choice takes the listener and dumps them smack in the middle of the action. Mixed with dark humor and action, one cannot help but become part of the story.
The audiobook was very well written and performed by Fred Filbrich. Filbrich is a talented narrator who spoke clearly and concisely but also became the characters. I thought he kept a steady pace with his reading. His voice was steady and calming, delivering the dark humored responses appropriately and well.
The book, in my opinion was unique and well done. With that being said and my passion for classic rock, I found the music distracting at first. But after listening carefully to the words and recognizing how they interconnected with the story, I was fine with it. Could it have been done without the music? Yes, but it might not have been as powerful.
The audio production of this book was good except for hearing Fred Filbrich swallow all too often. I suspect the mike was too close. Other than this, the production was high quality.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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I thought this was very interesting listen but very confusing at times. I really enjoyed the twists and turns that at times is rather shocking. There were a few times my mouth fell open and I thought oh my. I never really got a handle on this audio beside the high government wants Morgan dead because they thought he knows something he should not. I never worked out what was so important about the tape from what I could tell the only important it has is that Morgan loved it and it fit his feelings. I do use music myself to go with the mood I am in. Some songs tell my story or part of it and pull me in. I just thought playing each song all the way through gave it more important than it needed. I think part of each song would have been better. I did enjoy how the narrator pointed out things about Morgan or what he was doing throughout the music. Since I listened to this I wonder how the songs were dealt with in the book it’s self.
Mr. Filbrich did a really good job of narration, there was a little issue at the beginning where you could hear him swallow but over time that went away. He has improved in this area from other audios of his I have listened to. He has a very lovely voice that is very pleasant to listen to. I loved his British accent I thought it was wonderful. I thought the narrator bought the story to life but needs to work on giving more emotion to his characters. I found them to be a little flat at times not enough excitement when they are in danger or when they are working on their relationship. They just didn’t connect as a couple no passion. I just didn’t feel the excitement or rush from gets into a fight or near death. I thought his male and female voices were lovely. I had no trouble knowing who was talking. There are no background noises, no volume changes, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. Over all I thought he did a really good job and look forward to listening to more of his work.
When the author went into the science part of the bomb I was totally lost and went way over my head as things were pointed out which made it a little hard to understand and was confusing. At times I found my mind wondering. I am unsure if too much information was given or not enough. It was a good ending but confusing. I found the part about what the government has for defense very interesting. I am unsure of what happened to the bomb that were made since the whole book was built around it I would have liked more information at the end. It does seem that the author has set this up for a series since the ending was unclear. It will be interesting to see where he takes this story.
Bottom line I enjoyed it, I thought it was worth my time but was confusing. The twists are outstanding and some shocking. The surprises keep you on your toes. Not everything is as it seems. I do feel that some of the songs takes away from what the author really wanted us to see. For a debut story it was good.
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When i was gifted a copy of Tears of Glass by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom, i knew nothing about it other than it was different in presentation. So i was unprepared for the perfect symbiosis of story, narrator and music. This latter not used simply as an occasional backtrack, but to actually further enhance the atmosphere and be an integral part of the story itself. The main protagonist, Morgan, has been given a taped recording of tracks of a singer-songwriter-pianist, Paul Millns, a Brit who had come to America to try to further his musical/recording career unsuccessfully. The girlfriend who gave Morgan the tape is murdered and, following further deaths, he decides that someone seems out to get him so goes on the run, taking the music tape with him. Somehow, the tracks on it reflect his feelings each time one is played.
The story is a real mystery thriller with so many dimensions to it that it more far reaching than a simple police chase, including not only murder and mayhem but also international political intrigue, deception, and involving not just the Americas, London and Moscow but pretty much everywhere. Yet it is so easy - no, a joy - to hear with excellent characterisations, natural dialogue and a feeling of reality despite the very fast paced action. And the music!
Of course, the whole is also dependent on the skill of the narrator and here Fred Filbrich excels. His is far more of a reading than a performance, with only slight attempts to distinguish different voices from each other. And yet they are completely recognisable for who they are within the plot. He is pace perfect and so in synch with the text, it almost felt, when i thought about it afterwards, that he had somehow managed to bypass speech and simply planted the entire story in my mind. Masterful.
One thing puzzles me - who provided the music for this recording?
This is a book i want to talk about, and one where i am having to hold back on giving away the complete story. So i will stop now, other than to say, buy it, listen to it and enjoy.
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Where does Tears of Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I don't know how to describe this book as I found it very difficult to understand till very near the end and even then I am not sure I did. I loved the music and the tongue in cheek humor that popped up now and again but the actual story was so difficult to work out. It kept jumping from one person back to another and it took so long to find out who was trying to kill Morgan the main character.. Then it all seemed to go to pot and was a messed up shambles. So many dead bodies and killers everywhere. I think maybe it was just too clever for me. I know it was a good story and I did understand it by the time I had worked through most of it. But then right at the end, I am not sure what happened, if I am right I am not happy at all.
I am really sorry my reviews are really usually much better than this but this book so confused me. It is well worth listening to it, the narration is excellent and I intend to listen to it again because I think I may understand it better the second time. So please do not let me put you off, buy a copy and see what you think.
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