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
It really is a bizarre book:)
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:)
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...:)
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.
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:)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
- Lidia Chymkowska