The book itself is at once mystical and banal, a mash-up of new age fantasy and self-help assertions.
The only interesting moment - and a weird one it is - is the protagonist discovering that he has always felt most comfortable expressing his feelings by wiggling his butt, but that his tail has always been too short.
Evidently, it isn't possible to give a zero star rating, but the book was free, and worth every penny I paid for it.
The reader isn't bad, somewhat bland and expressionless, but maybe that's her reaction to the book.
Nothing drew me to Don, the unlikable progagonist who we learn is dying of pancreatic cancer. Don is in a no win situation - he has no insurance, no job, and while he was willing to lie to get a job, he is not willing to work the system for help. He is worried about bills that his wife won't be responsible for after he is dead, since they were incurred before they were married, and so forth.
Soon we learn that this is a dualistic world, and that there is an angel that you can't tell from Don as a voice.
Oh yeah, he is in pain and won't bother to get adequate pain treatment.
I tried four times to listen to this, and no matter what time it was, I fell asleep. The "book" had the nerve to end in an advertisement for an oncoming series which presumes that all the contradictory and useless systems of spiritual healing in the world will me just as interesting as this was. If they are just as exciting and well written, I can wait. Too many good books to waste more time on this turkey.
I really enjoyed this listen. I love listening to alternate beliefs. the healing of souls etc. There were abrupt turns here and there in the storyline and the end left you in the air. I can not help thinking that this is not the authors fault but that the book is ABRIDGED and essential parts of the story has been cut off!
Please provide us with a unabridged version of this book and of the books to come in this serie.
This book started out okay but then went downhill fast. I kept waiting for it to get better only to find out that the ending was even worse. I really wanted to know what happened to the main character but the book ends so badly that I can't bring myself to even consider listening to the next book.
Where do I start? The story had an interesting premise, but the execution of it was disappointing. The worst part, for me, was the reader. Since the main character was male, a male reader would have made sense, but they chose to use a woman. Her reading was simply terrible -- her inflection was completely off. Sometimes her words ran together, and sometimes she would emphasize the wrong words. There was also rather saccharine music that played between chapters that I found annoying.
This was an odd story with a spiritual message that just didn't resonate with me, and the ending really left me hanging. Apparently, there is a follow-up book where some questions may be answered, but I certainly don't intend to waste another 4-5 hours of my life on it. Definitely cannot recommend this read.
I got this story because it was free on audible and I regret spending time listening it.
A new age self help book is the way I define it.
This story started out very interesting... I thought it'd be a character study on terminal illness. Then the ill man starts seeing visions of an angel of death. "Oh, crap," I thought, "I didn't realize this was a religious book!" Turns out, it was even worse: the book is nothing but a vehicle for Scott Blum to sell his weird New Age philosophies to a mass audience.
You know, I'm getting really sick of authors doing this. It's one thing to have an underlying message to your story; it's quite another thing to start with a message and then half-ass a story around it in order to widen its mass appeal (I'm talking to you, Dan Brown!).
I'd have to say free is too much to pay for this book.
I am about an hour into this and it is just painful listening to this reader. She sounds like she's reading to a group of 2nd Graders (who would also be cringing). I am so distracted from the story that I don't know if I can finish this. The story might be fine, but it's impossible to say with this reader making me want to scream. She is AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL.