A child of the sixties, desperately holding on to the dreams of that generation, the girl whole stole his heart, and the songwriter who touched his soul. These three are drawn together as they become reluctant fugitives, but from whom? The deaths of his friends, the gay cell of the CIA, 22 British scientists meeting with fatal accidents, the royal family's own Secret Service, a schizophrenic cockney knight, and whole countries being run by organized crime. This jigsaw eventually forms a frightening picture; but have the pieces been put together correctly?
This contemporary thriller is integrated with 14 songs - necessary to the full appreciation of the novel. The songs drive the narrative. Or is it the other way around?
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Really gripping read! I was hooked from the very first chapter. The characters were disparate and well-developed and I really enjoyed the general flow of the story. The music only serves to enhance your experience – a very novel concept. I was soon utterly engrossed on both the layered story and music. Please think about a sequel!
"unique and well done"
Tears of Glass by David Lake is an unusual listen with its unique production of the written word and weaving it successfully with a sound track of music representing the late 60’s-80’s time period. The music connects with the listener reminding them of a time long gone and yet hooks the listener with its beat and lyrics.
Morgan is a man who finds himself a failure at everything he has done from his jobs to his career in songwriting to relationships. Now he finds that his friendship circle is growing increasingly smaller due to weird accidents. Accidentally, he becomes involved with government secrets, nuclear war, international espionage and more all because of his passion for 60’s-80’s blues music and a rejected demo tape from a blues artist. Not overly aware at first, he finds himself on the run – confused and having to deal with things larger than ever. Given his penchant for failure, will this be yet one more or will he manage to live a long life?
It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the conspiracies and characters. Lake is a masterful wordsmith describing vividly his characters and the plight they find themselves. The plot and music are cohesive and enhance one another brilliantly. The characters are well-developed and are clearly flawed but real. Lake’s skillful writing and the music choice takes the listener and dumps them smack in the middle of the action. Mixed with dark humor and action, one cannot help but become part of the story.
The audiobook was very well written and performed by Fred Filbrich. Filbrich is a talented narrator who spoke clearly and concisely but also became the characters. I thought he kept a steady pace with his reading. His voice was steady and calming, delivering the dark humored responses appropriately and well.
The book, in my opinion was unique and well done. With that being said and my passion for classic rock, I found the music distracting at first. But after listening carefully to the words and recognizing how they interconnected with the story, I was fine with it. Could it have been done without the music? Yes, but it might not have been as powerful.
The audio production of this book was good except for hearing Fred Filbrich swallow all too often. I suspect the mike was too close. Other than this, the production was high quality.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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"It has it all!"
This audiobook has references to classic rock, a blues soundtrack embedded in the content, espionage, conspiracies, love, deceit, murder, mystery and romance. It is not a "light" easy listening selection but one that will take you for an exciting ride and make you glad you hung on.
Morgan is a washed up athlete that continued to surprise me as his character developed. As he played just a single track that seemed to mesh with his current circumstances, I wanted to hear more from the smooth Joe Cocker like singer. When those close to him are murdered, he runs but there is trouble around every corner.
The narrator Fred Filbrich did a splendid job of making the book come to life.
I kept thinking the songs were going to solve an even bigger mystery and struggled in the beginning getting hooked.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author. The review is my own.
"Tears of Glass"
Tears of Glass
: David Lake
This is a unique approach to an audiobook, adding an original soundtrack was amazing. The storyline kept me wanting to know what's going to happen next.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed by Fred Filbrich.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
"Vlad the Inhaler and some Good Music"
The humor is subtle, the original music is appropriate and performed very well. The story is just outside of reality but that's what makes it entertaining.
Fred Filbrich expresses the humor well. An easy to listen to, clear voice with a sense of reasonable drama. Not over the top. His few bars of "Paint it Black" reminds listeners of an early ... Mick Jagger... Yeah! That's it! lol
The plot is adventurous, a thriller, a run for their lives situation. There are sexy parts, funny parts galore, governmental conspiracy. And there is the very listenable original music. Not a distraction to me, it made me pay attention when it came up. Well done!! Unique.
Mr Filbrich was perfect for this audio book edition. I mentioned his great performance in an earlier response. His work added to my enjoyment listening. The writing did the heavy lifting. He interpretation seemed unobtrusive and effortless, which usually means a narrator has done his homework preparing.
It worked to keep me entertained. Not sure how else to answer.
If you haven't caught on by my review, this was an entertaining work. Clever. I thought the "soundtrack" was unique. And well done!
My suggestion is to add Tears of Glass to your Audible library. Enjoy!
Thanks for the opportunity to review it!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.
"I liked the concept, but it just feel a little flat for me"
This book had a hard time keeping my interest, there were parts when it just seemed to ramble on. I loved the concept of The book basically having its own soundtrack. I enjoyed the music better than I did the novel. I received this review copy from the author publisher or narrator
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