In Brian Paone's first novel, he chronicles the trials and tribulations of befriending a modern-day rock star. As a die-hard fan of the rock band God Lives Underwater, Brian wins the trust of lead singer David Reilly. This honor comes with its own set of extreme personal highs and devastating shared lows.
During their tumultuous friendship, David fights an extreme battle with drug abuse and depression. Pile on top of all this the throes of a cutthroat music industry and the realization of one's own mortality.
Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a novel that convinces the heart of every listener that perhaps dreams are never really finished. Instead, they are passed on from one friend to the next.
What made the experience of listening to Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts the most enjoyable?
The depths at which the author/narrator was willing to plumb his experiences and share them with the listener
Who was your favorite character and why?
It would be easy to say David or Brian, as they're interactions are so stark throughout the book, but I would choose Seven. Seven's barely glanced life provides one of the deepest tragedies within the entirety of the book and the unraveling of what really happened to her and how each layer of this affected David is engrossing.
What does Brian Paone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
There are bits of audio clipped from radio interviews, shows and recorded material that would not transpose to a printed format
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Bringing an idol to earth
Any additional comments?
Imagine meeting an idol and they don't just treat you as a fan, but instead allow you into their life.
This story is a glimpse into the Industrial Music Industry, combined with the in-depth story behind the Lead Singer of the band God Lives Underwater, while also delving into an abstract view of the affects of addiction and the musical growth of Brian Paone.
If you have ever been into industrial, known some one afflicted with addiction or even interested in the story of a fan getting to know and befriend an Idol this is worth your time. I would suggest listening to it, not just for Brian's smooth voice, but for the music, recorded audio and other nuances that make this so engrossing.
Where does Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
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I felt like this book was too overdone and drawn out. Although I liked the concept of this book it was just too much. I was bored and found myself being derailed from the book because it didn't keep my attention.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would change the length. There are some details that could have been left out.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Brian is very honest about the one-sided bromance crush he had for David Reilly, frontman for the group God Lives Underwater. Brian seemed to idolize David to point of overlooking all of his faults. However, his enthusiasm for the music and creativity of the group shows his true appreciation for their artistry.
Being a fan myself of certain artists, I understand the zeal Brian had. I was able to identify with the thrill of meeting people from your fan tribe, the anticipation of going to the concert, and hearing unreleased music in advance. But what I am jealous that I could not relate to is that Brian experienced most people's dream; to meet and befriend the artist you admire. He had the unique experience of becoming true friends with a celebrity and the unusual courtesy of being remembered, respected and helped.
The live clips from interviews and concerts were an awesome added bonus to the audio book. It brought the story to life and reminded me that this is a true story and not just a fantasy.
This story fails in the details. Brian transcripts even phone conversations verbatim including greetings and goodbyes. Details such as where everybody was sitting in the van bog down the story a bit.
Brian's story is honest and vulnerable. David’s death is predictable because of his reckless life. The actual cause of death is the sad surprise.It is worth the listen especially if you are a GLU fan, despite the length and unnecessary details.
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Would you listen to another book narrated by Brian Paone?
Brian Paone was the perfect person to narrate this book because of his sheer enjoyment of telling this story that shows through in every word spoken. However, I do not think I would listen to another book narrated by him.
Do you think Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
The story is final. It needs no follow-up.