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This book is unique and there are few others I can compare it to. It starts out in a way that forces you to either love it or hate it, so I suggest you listen to a sample to determine which category you will fall into. But since the first five minutes caused me to giggle snort my soda out my nose a few times and laugh out loud other times with its clever and surprising use of appropriate profanity, I fell in love. One line of the first chapter sticks with me, as I paraphrase - This book will have you standing in the middle of your living room with your head in one hand and a head of cabbage in the other hand, saying WTF. And I should mention now that I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Yes, that kind of randomness and unexpected visual cracked me up. But very quickly, that intro passes and we are thrust into a charming story of a boy in love and how his life is altered when his soul is checked around by the powers that be as he searches for his One True Love. It's a finely crafted story by Marc Richard who reminds me of a Gold Medal Olympic figure skater pretending to be drunk on the ice -- in order to seem drunk while ice skating you have to be THAT GOOD not to fall on your face. Make sense? This guy is that good.
Meanwhile, narrator David S. Dear navigates the story in a way that had me forgetting David wasn't the author. In other words, he read with such panache and ease, the words seemed to be his own. Why can't all readers be so smooth an natural?
If you're tired of formula books where this happens, then that happens, then you know what's going to happen next, just stop! Try Those Eyes and hear the difference when a really masterful writer gets inside your head. You'll be laughing and smiling all along the ride.
Highly recommended for a fun, original, unpredictable story of life, love and why we sometimes feel like chess pieces on a giant board the size of planet earth.
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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.