"It's true what they say, you know: If you talk to God, you're religious; but if you hear from God, you're schizophrenic."
When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off the crazy plan he concocts: adjust the star's medication each night and pretend to be a heavenly visitor giving her messages. He recruits her agent and a down-and-out publisher to make sure the messages will become the next spiritual bestseller and make them all rich. But his girlfriend's daughter, Leah, keeps telling people that she is seeing angels, and her mother and her teachers are all afraid that something is wrong. Before it's all over, they'll all learn a few things about angels, love, and hope.
©2010 Tim Downs (P)2010 Oasis
It's always good to have a "voice" to go along with the characters. It makes it more real.
I highly recommend this book. And, Audible needs to offer more Tim Downs book to us!
The story, first of all. Good balance of drama, intrigue and humor. Storyline was pretty tight, and it had just the right amount of characters.
Emmet and oddly enough Olivia. Emmet, since he becomes the unsung hero and Olivia because she's the target of this swinish scheme and her reactions are very humorous.
There were a couple:
Bobby acting as the angel.
Any scene where Emmet is involved.
Olivia in the talk shows.
Bobby in the book signing line.
Yes, when Emmet laid down the law about putting words in God's mouth.
Tim Gregory - is the other major element that makes this audiobook very worthwhile. His ability to switch between character is almost seamless. The man's got talent, a lot of it!
Tim Downs has impressed me twice now with the Shoofly Pie and this story. I've actually ordered 2 more of this books as a result - Head Games and Plague Maker as they are more my kind of genre - suspense/thriller.
Mr. Downs, please try to get more of your books converted to audio and please try to get Tim Gregory to narrate them. If you do, you certainly have my business!
my four teens' mom
The Americana line scene was a perfect use of irony.
Kemp was a little too self-centered to believe, but I still enjoyed getting into his narcissistic mind and watching him trip over his own ego.
This could be a great family film. The book reads like a movie. The book narration is outstanding.
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