The Coma Monologues

  • by Mario Milosevic
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Gary Hawken, life in a coma comes with few perks. Nurses care for him and people sit by his bed and tell him stories, but the glorious mess of life passes him by. In a world where survival depends on his ability to understand his stories, Gary must recognize the value of his own soul. A hypnotic tale of one man's struggle to find the truth in his own epic life.


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Customer Reviews

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This book is based on a truly insightful idea!

Where does The Coma Monologues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is different in its own way, thus rendering it impossible to answer this question. So instead, I'd write of how different this story was. A story of a man trapped in a coma, who is spoken to by a selected bunch of people (by his own conjuring, and in some cases by his wife's design). The originality of the tale struck me, and I commend Mario on his intelligent way of developing a character. We even learn that the victim of the coma is murderer. This was most surprising.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coma Monologues?

I adored the romantic sentimentality within the monologues, when we hear his wife, Melanie, as well as Mother Nature and Death.

Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but I do plan on it. More so, after hearing her with this. Her performance was impressive, I'd have rated it 5 were it not for the robotic voice attributed to some of the characters. Also, with all the different voices this was quite a feat. I commend her for that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because after hearing some of the characters I felt that it became a little dragging, and slightly repetitive with all the characters beginning their monologues in a similar way.

Any additional comments?

I felt compelled to write how this novel was absorbing, I kept thinking if that were me - in that state- what would I do? Who would I conjure up, who would be willing to speak to me? Or if I were Melanie, would I have her patience?

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- Sara Niña

Original story let down by terrible narrator

Where does The Coma Monologues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not a great audiobook, would have preferred to read this on paper.
It has a fantastic premise, it is well written and very distinct, but as an audiobook I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend it. The narrator is ABSOLUTELY ROBOTIC - she speaks sooooooooo slowly and sometimes without emotion. I had to listen on double speed to keep the flow going and my temper down.

What did you like best about this story?

The unusual changes in 'voice', from the coma patient's family, to his house, a crow, Death!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michelle Babb?

Almost anyone...
I would have preferred different actors for each chapter, suited to the gender/background of the character being portrayed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not especially, the different narrators/speakers each spoke in chapters so pausing between them felt like a good point for a pause.

Any additional comments?

I would read more by this author, I just had a very negative reaction to this narrator, a strange choice.
The book ends very nicely, I liked the build-up and a few surprise along the way.

With thanks to the author for the complimentary copy, provided for review purposes.

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- K. J. Noyes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2015
  • Publisher: Green Snake Publishing