Those Eyes

  • by Marc Richard
  • Narrated by David S. Dear
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Reincarnation is hard work. Especially in the hands of idiots.
Archangels in the sky have one job: Making sure our souls get to new bodies. But sometimes they screw up.
Ronnie Jones is an ambitious teenage boy about to ask his Helen to marry him, till an accident cuts his life short. Like that annoying joker someone forgot to take out of that deck of cards before shuffling, his soul ends up where it doesn't belong; miles away. When he reawakens as Freddy, his spirit is on a mission. He must find the girl that has his heart.
The good news: He finds her again!
The bad news: It's 30 years later, and she's a baby. Seriously. He can't catch a break.
Baby Katey's parents meet their end when their plane crashes into a Tahitian moose. Freddy steps in and adopts her. His love for Katey/Helen is of a different variety now. He'll do anything to protect her. But does this include shielding her from the truth?
Those Eyes is a surrealist romantic comedy originally penned by a group of Benedictine monks in a trailer at a maple syrup protest rally. The manuscript went through several revisions, and even one book burning demonstration, and is now nothing like the original text. It has been translated into one language: this one. It's packed with extra comedy, a whole lot of love, a splash of the ghastly, and more than a touch of the bizarre.

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Satirical view of God and reincarnation

This book is a satirical view about God and reincarnation. I would not recommend it to diehard believers since they may find it irreverent, but as an atheist I did not mind this at all. It was quite hilarious, in fact. The book is based on the principle that reincarnation is something real, and the only way to create new lives (or to transfer them). The book basically tells the story of a young couple in the 50's, in which he dies but reincarnates on a young boy who all his life feels something missing. It is the sad story of two predestined souls who never meet at the right time, but which are nevertheless still waiting for each other.

Be prepared for a totally different book. The story is told in a funny and quirky way, with lots of cutaways and random comments. It is clear that this book is written by a man, by the gruesome way in which the deliver scene is described. I found it a bit too much.

The characters are well developed and I was able to relate to them, but in a way I felt cheated, since we expect them to meet at some point in life but we have just to conform ourselves with the hope that maybe one day they will meet, despite all the efforts made by Josh and Steve (Richard's version of God). I had the impression of a long build up just to have it deflated at the end.

In a way, this book is like life itself, in which nothing goes according to plan, and we have to make do with what we get; and even if something feels that must happen, there is never the security that it will.

David S. Dear's cheeky narration was the perfect for this book. His compelling tone kept me interested through the cutaways which threatened to get me distracted. His characters' interpretations were quite vivid and voices were distinctive enough to identify them. Dear's voice is clear and the audio production was quite good. There were just some little noises towards the end of the book. For the rest it was a five star narration.

Despite the strangeness of this book, I really enjoyed it, but be aware that it is not a story for everyone. But those who get this book will have a lot of fun.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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- Lomeraniel

It really is a bizarre book:)

Would you try another book from Marc Richard and/or David S. Dear?

Yes, I would - as this one had me a little bit confused:) It really is a bizarre story, and I have to admit I would probably like it better if I read it, not listen to it... I think the structure of the book works better on paper, with all those "cut-in scenes" which, when you listen, don't make much sense or feel unconnected to the plot at all... I also think the kind of humour used here works better on paper, at least it does for me - it's a little too crude for my taste, and while I don't mind it so much when written down, I really don't like it said out loud as it comes out too vulgar sometimes... and it did feel a little too forced in the audio version... Still, if you like that "in the face" kind of humor, you'll definitely like the book, but if you prefer something more subtle, you may have confused feelings about the story, just like me:)


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would probably leave out some of the scenes that were put here and there, right in the middle of the main plot, like some of the conversations between Steve and Josh or the scene with Freddie meeting Death... I felt they were completely unnecessary and did not really develop on the whole idea of the "god-administrators" of the souls... The concept had already been established and those scenes just intruded in the hunt for Helen...:) But again, they probably work better when you read the story, not listen to it...:)


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

I liked the main character - he felt right, real and deep. Generally I liked the performance by Mr Dear; there was some acting done by him, but generally he did not really try to make much difference between the voices of particular characters, still being able to make it clear who was talking to whom and what emotions they felt.


Was Those Eyes worth the listening time?

On the whole, yes. It was a strange listen, at times even difficult because of the book's structure, hard to be convincingly conveyed into an audio form; but it did finally leave me with a nice feeling of completion and warmth towards Freddie and Kate, so yes, give the book a chance:)


Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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- Lidia Chymkowska

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2017
  • Publisher: Marc Richard