Moments before midnight on New Year's Eve, Danny D'Argenio suffers a massive heart attack and dies. There in the delicate space between life and death, he is given a special gift.
Reunited with his deceased father, he is given the opportunity to see what his life would have been like had he been granted the wish to change some of his life choices. His journey is a priceless eye opening experience, all while getting the precious chance to spend one more day with a father he adored on this earth.
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I was immedialy engaged with this story about a second generation Asian man, but got quickly turned off by the poor writing. Lots of self-talk addressed the protagonist's reactions to people, but we rarely get to feel what he felt based on behavioral or locational descriptions.
The best character was the father, complete with a Chinese accent that evolved as more and more authentic as the book progressed. For the other characters, David nailed voices for age and gender. Watch for him in the future as serious writers discover his clean, crisp and engaging voice.
You can't cut characters if there is little character development to begin with.
Authors probably should not do everything themselves. For me, the three most crucial people to spend money on are editors, narrators, and studio engineers.
David Dietz transforms himself so precisely between the roles of the son and the father. It is amazing to hear. Though the story itself is lackluster, Dietz brings incredible skill to the fore, making it a worthwhile listen.
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