The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride

By: Joe Siple
Narrated by: Martin Landry
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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With all his family and friends gone, 100-year-old Murray McBride is looking for a reason to live. He finds it in Jason Cashman, a 10-year-old boy with a terminal heart defect and a list of five things he wants to do before he dies. Together, they race against the limited time each has left, ticking off wishes one by one. But when tragedy strikes, their worlds are turned upside-down, and an unexpected gift is the only thing that can make Jason's final wish come true.

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LOVE THIS BOOK

Great story, really enjoyed. Easy to listen too very uplifting content. Would highly recommend. Not so fond of narrators voice but it fit the story.

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Do NOT buy the audio book

As expected, the story was great, right down to the surprise ending.

The narrator was the absolute worst I have ever heard, I mean HORRIBLE! It was like being read to by a third grader who was flunking reading class. The voice he used for the female parts actually hurt my ears. Thank God it was only 7 hours long!!

That being said, the storyline was great, the only reason I suffered through the narrator.

Buy the book or download it on kindle but don’t buy the audiobook!!!

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wow

I cried the entire time. This book makes you think about the big questions and what really matters.

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Tender story but narrator caused it to not be as enjoyable

I very much enjoyed the story. I have trouble at times though trying to concentrate on it because of the narrator. It seemed like he ended almost sentence using uptalk. Anyone who reads professionally should know better. His attempt to use different female character voices was horrible.

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a beautiful story

this is a beautiful story of,an unlikely friendship. it helps us deal with our own regrets about our lives and our relationships with our children but also our treatment of other people.

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Difficult Start <br />

Attempted multiple times to listen before I could get used to the reading. What a beautiful story, however the monotone robotic reading of it was most disappointing. Very difficult to forge forth due to the monotone sound.

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Please don’t use this reader again

I feel like a terrible troll having a title like I do but this person has no business reading books aloud. I had listened to about half of this sweet story before looking at reviews to see that others feel the same. The voice itself is homey and folksy- in other words, fine. But his ridiculously poor inflection makes understanding the actual meaning of any given sentence confusing and sometimes even changes the meaning, as if the speaker himself was reading words with no idea of their meaning. Others have said more so I won’t add anything else. In spite of the reader I did enjoy this story of a young person and an old person connecting, albeit a little unrealistically. Being set in the Chicago area and including Wrigley field and cubs players made it sappy but fun for me as a cubs fan.

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What a relationship!

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the relationship between these two as they faced what they had to face together. I simply loved it!

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A story full of wisdom and gratitude

Joe Siple wrote a very heartbreaking story with a very important fundamental message of love for family, memories and life. While listening to the story, I kept waiting for that chapter in which someone would eventually pass away; however, the plot twist at the end was the most unexpected, heartbreaking moment of the story. Martin Landry really did a great job invoking the tone in different character voices. He narrated the funny parts so well and the saddening moments in such a fantastic manner. I would recommend this book to a more mature audience. Anyone who enjoys reading life changing stories full of compassion, care, and love and can handle hearing the most difficult topics of life and death would enjoy this wonderful story. It really changes the way one views the little acts of kindness and how much these acts can impact others.

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I owe an explanation for low stars.

Please do note that when reviewing, the one star says 'not for me' - it does not say it is bad.

But still I ought to explain.

I am not familiar with the narrator. Perhaps he is popular and his 'style' of speaking/reading is known and enjoyed. But it was not for me. The uplilt at the end of most sentences, the pauses mid sentence all made it a difficult/irritating listen for me.
The story itself is okay, in fact most of the time I was liking it. And eventually I could ignore the voice and just listen to the story. It is an okay story but, in my opinion, not on par with like A Man Called and the others of that ilk (which I love, love, love).
Anyway - it is a sweet story.