A child of the sixties, desperately holding on to the dreams of that generation, the girl whole stole his heart, and the songwriter who touched his soul. These three are drawn together as they become reluctant fugitives, but from whom? The deaths of his friends, the gay cell of the CIA, 22 British scientists meeting with fatal accidents, the royal family's own Secret Service, a schizophrenic cockney knight, and whole countries being run by organized crime. This jigsaw eventually forms a frightening picture; but have the pieces been put together correctly?
This contemporary thriller is integrated with 14 songs - necessary to the full appreciation of the novel. The songs drive the narrative. Or is it the other way around?
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"I told you when i came i was a stranger."
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.
- Norma Miles
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.
- Kindle Customer