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One Last Thing Before I Go | [Jonathan Tropper]

One Last Thing Before I Go

You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heart-rending tale about one family's struggle to reconnect.

You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in the Versailles, an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. His ex-wife, Denise, is about to marry a guy Silver can't quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment, even if that moment isn't destined to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.

With the wedding looming and both Silver and Casey in crisis, this broken family struggles to come together, only to risk damaging each other even more. One Last Thing Before I Go is Jonathan Tropper at his funny, insightful, heartbreaking best.

©2012 Jonathan Tropper (P)2012 Penguin

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 04-27-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly Good"

    I am not sure why I did not expect much from this book, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. It was not up to parr with a Richard Russo story but follows similar lines. The main character is a bit of a screw up and does not deny or hide from that. He is estranged from most everyone he has ever loved. Then his daughter confides in him. Shortly after that they both have a decision to make. The story is told well, narrated wonderfully, and keeps you interested. The ending is superb.

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    A. Laskin Yonkers, NY 10-07-13
    A. Laskin Yonkers, NY 10-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Narration distracts from a good story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy the story and characters very much. Jonathan Tropper is gifted at creating characters who, though flawed, are also compelling. I found it easy to root for Drew Silver. The story kept me engaged, the dialog is witty and realistic, and even the lesser characters are well-drawn and interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Shea?

    I found John Shea's narration aggravating and very distracting from the story. It was like listening to Captain Kirk with a pack-a-day smoking habit. The gravely, raspy voice I could handle, although I didn't love it -- it's a bit weird when narrating an 18-year-old girl, but managing every character convincingly is a challenge with any audiobook. The part I couldn't get past was his tendency to deliver. Every. Line. With strange, seemingly...irrational pauses. I suppose it was intended to add drama, but it was just extraordinarily distracting. It interrupted the narrative flow and made for strange interpretation, giving emphasis to odd points in sentences. It was a lot. Like. Captain. Kirk. narrating a book... about a MAN. And... His DAUGHTER. If I could recast the narrator, I would choose Kristoffer Tabori, because he is my all-time favorite and capable of narrating a wide variety of characters with easy diversity.


    Was One Last Thing Before I Go worth the listening time?

    I think I would recommend reading the book instead, since I found the listening experience strange.


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    patricia United States 09-18-13
    patricia United States 09-18-13
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    "Classic Tropper"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Last Thing Before I Go to be better than the print version?

    Loved hearing the voices of the different characters. Made it all the more interesting as a story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Silver. The classic underachiever who has to come to grips with his issues


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The party at Jeremy's house. Everyone gets a BIG surprise in different ways.


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    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 08-01-13
    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just a wonderful book."

    As you listen to this book you can't help but start to feel that you know this main character like a friend and when the book ends you feel as if you've lost one. I couldn't stop listening and rooting for him the entire time. You'll grieve when it's over.

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    Tina's 03-05-13
    Tina's 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Listened to it on a car ride, it was a good story but somewhat perdictable.


    Have you listened to any of John Shea’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh in spots.


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    Amanda 02-11-13
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about One Last Thing Before I Go?

    It's real, ugly & painful, yet still beautiful. Just like life, not always what we expect, but worth it!


    Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?

    Casey, definitely the bright light and redeeming character that brings everyone else together.


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

    Absolutely!


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    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 01-30-13
    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 01-30-13
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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to One Last Thing Before I Go the most enjoyable?

    The richness and brokenness of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where the main character doesn't realize he's speaking out loud. I can just feel the humiliation when he realizes it and the wistfulness about not being able to say what one really feels.


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    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 01-21-13
    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 01-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Tropper is always good for a treacly read"

    I would deny it if someone I know asked me, but just between us, I love this guy's books. They are slick, witty, superficial yet somehow meaningful in a Nicholas Sparks (but with an intellect) sort of way. I loved The Book of Joe and This is Where I Leave You. But what's up with these narrators? Are they just...affordable? Tropper deserves more than this. Scott Brick should have read all of his books. Tropper has earned that.

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    L. Jordan NY 01-16-13
    L. Jordan NY 01-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Worst Tropper Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was horrible. He has the voice of an old man, yet the character is early 40's. He reads this with way too much inflection. It just doesn't go along with what is being said.


    Would you recommend One Last Thing Before I Go to your friends? Why or why not?

    I kept wondering whether I might have liked this book if I had read it, or if there was a different narrator. Hard to tell. The story was not that great. I love Tropper, but this was very sub-par.


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