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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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What happens if you're true love is no longer there, but a baby is? It is not as bad as it sounds, just another bit of silliness. Enjoy!
All of Marc Richard's books have an oddness to them that, if one is so inclined to the odd, is easy to appreciate, simply for the out there way he comes up with the tales. The narrator, David S. Dear, does a great job in keeping up the tongue-in-cheek absurdity of it all.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."