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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Narrator John Shea rocks this one.
This is my second Tropper audiobook. Both were good. But I really loved this one.
Oh please don't make me pick. Silver, Casey, Denise, Denise's husband...every one was spot on.
Loved the moment when Silver wakes up in the hospital and finds his ex, Denise, sitting there.
The narrator's voice sounds old and raspy. It's really annoying, and doesn't allow you to live the character like the narrator does for This is Where I Leave You. The other frustrating thing is most of the time he's really quiet so you have to turn the volume way up and then all the sudden he gets really loud for a second and hurts your ears. I found myself playing with the volume button over and over again.
I hate the narrator.
The book wasn't quite what I expected. I did find it very slow at the beginning it did pick up and actually turned out to be a rather interesting book with a lot of story turns and plots and twists it was funny and heartwarming although I didn't particularly enjoy the ending hope you enjoy the read.
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.
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.
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.
I think I would recommend reading the book instead, since I found the listening experience strange.
Loved hearing the voices of the different characters. Made it all the more interesting as a story.
My favorite character was Silver. The classic underachiever who has to come to grips with his issues
The party at Jeremy's house. Everyone gets a BIG surprise in different ways.
Listened to it on a car ride, it was a good story but somewhat perdictable.
Made me laugh in spots.
It's real, ugly & painful, yet still beautiful. Just like life, not always what we expect, but worth it!
Casey, definitely the bright light and redeeming character that brings everyone else together.
The richness and brokenness of the characters.
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.
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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