For Gary Hawken, life in a coma comes with few perks. Nurses care for him and people sit by his bed and tell him stories, but the glorious mess of life passes him by. In a world where survival depends on his ability to understand his stories, Gary must recognize the value of his own soul. A hypnotic tale of one man's struggle to find the truth in his own epic life.
©2011, 2014 Mario Milosevic (P)2015 Mario Milosevic
This book is different in its own way, thus rendering it impossible to answer this question. So instead, I'd write of how different this story was. A story of a man trapped in a coma, who is spoken to by a selected bunch of people (by his own conjuring, and in some cases by his wife's design). The originality of the tale struck me, and I commend Mario on his intelligent way of developing a character. We even learn that the victim of the coma is murderer. This was most surprising.
I adored the romantic sentimentality within the monologues, when we hear his wife, Melanie, as well as Mother Nature and Death.
Not yet, but I do plan on it. More so, after hearing her with this. Her performance was impressive, I'd have rated it 5 were it not for the robotic voice attributed to some of the characters. Also, with all the different voices this was quite a feat. I commend her for that.
No, but only because after hearing some of the characters I felt that it became a little dragging, and slightly repetitive with all the characters beginning their monologues in a similar way.
I felt compelled to write how this novel was absorbing, I kept thinking if that were me - in that state- what would I do? Who would I conjure up, who would be willing to speak to me? Or if I were Melanie, would I have her patience?
Not a great audiobook, would have preferred to read this on paper.
It has a fantastic premise, it is well written and very distinct, but as an audiobook I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend it. The narrator is ABSOLUTELY ROBOTIC - she speaks sooooooooo slowly and sometimes without emotion. I had to listen on double speed to keep the flow going and my temper down.
The unusual changes in 'voice', from the coma patient's family, to his house, a crow, Death!
I would have preferred different actors for each chapter, suited to the gender/background of the character being portrayed.
Not especially, the different narrators/speakers each spoke in chapters so pausing between them felt like a good point for a pause.
I would read more by this author, I just had a very negative reaction to this narrator, a strange choice.
The book ends very nicely, I liked the build-up and a few surprise along the way.
With thanks to the author for the complimentary copy, provided for review purposes.
"Whether To Wake Or Not To Wake"
Right up there! It was an amazing experience and I could not imagine experiencing this particular book in any other way... Unless it was watching it on a stage :)
The centaur because he was so far from the mythological being as to truly be comedic just for existing :)
She brings loads of nuance and expression to the characters that I would totally miss. Her performance makes.the characters seem much more.alive than myself reading the book ever could!!
Melody to ask.her how she could stay so positive and keep the faith for so long! I cannot fathom sacrificing so much and being so hopeful in such an arduous situation :)
This book is a loosely strewn together collection of essays on a common theme in chronological order. I believe if to be a stand alone novel.
What I find most intriguing about this book is that it could be easily acted out as a play with little effort. There wouldn't need to be any real conversion of the work. It also could be used as audition pieces as each essay is really only person giving a monologue as per the premise of the book.
Gary is in a coma. His wife desperately wants him to wake up and rejoin the land of the living. She devises a plan to get various people from his life.to come and talk to him. She hopes that he will hear something that will make him want to wake up. She also records the conversations for later playback to Gary in case repetition helps to hasten the process. Will her plan succeed? Can her hear them? Will he wake up? Does he want to? Or will he die without ever waking up again?
***This book is suitable for adult readers who enjoy hopeful and dramatic novels full of joy, disappointment, humor and angst tempered with grief and paranormal aspects :)
°°°The performance contained within this audio book was varied and engaging evoking both happiness and grief as well as humor and frustration alternately. I believe books like this lend them self easily to narration as they are basically written for the stage already :) I look forward to more! Both from the author and this incredibly talented narrator :) °°°
"A Conceptually Interesting Listen"
The Coma Monologues is an imaginative, conceptually interesting book surrounding the "life" of a comatose patient, Gary Hawkins. Following a devastating accident that has left Gary in a coma, his wife, Melody, arranges visits from anyone she can reach who may have known him or had an impact on his life at some time. He also receives visits from others, perhaps summoned deep from within his own subconscious mind.
I vastly preferred the visits from tangible beings from Gary's life--his son, daughter, and wife in particular, but others, as well, even those who had already passed away. I enjoyed some of the visits from lesser friends, though not all. I didn't necessarily care for some of the other visitors: Scheherazade, God, the Centaur. Ironically, I far preferred Death's visit to the one of Mother Nature. While these were conjured from his own subconscious, their ramblings were sometimes dark or just annoying (God, in particular). There is a particularly unexpected and rather interesting monologue near the end of the book.
Throughout the book there is a recurring Charlie Brown (Peanuts) theme. The "wah-wah" phrase used as speech for adults is referred to be nearly every visitor who comes to speak to Gary. Gary also had an imaginary friend in childhood named Charlie.
The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a great job of voicing the multitude of characters in this book. Some characters in particular (God) had to be very challenging.
While I found the book to be conceptually interesting and innovative, as a whole, I found it to be very uneven. I enjoyed and was engaged by some chapters and others I wanted nothing more than for them to be over.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.
"Not my kind of story, but excellent reader."
I believe that time spent reading is never wasted, but finishing this book was something of a chore for me. Others may find it more satisfying than I did, but it just isn't the right kind of book for me.
I'm not sure what genre this actually is, but I would not knowingly read another just like it. I need more of a feeling that the book has an actual story to tell and is moving in that direction. Maybe I missed a deeper plot somewhere but to me it was just a series of largely unrelated thoughts with no action to hold my interest.
Michelle Babb is an excellent reader as I have learned from listening to several books she has read, particularly the Fat Ladies series. I always enjoy hearing her read. She brings the characters to life, but even she couldn't make me like this book. I look forward to hearing other books read by her.
Not for me.
I was given this book by Michelle Babb in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
"Points for Originality"
As the main character lies in a coma after a car accident, his wife has people come and talk to him in hopes he'll be triggered to wake up. The author, Mario Milosevic, brings in many characters, some outside of 'reality'. I liked the book. There were times I was touched, moments I was impressed by how my thinking would bend, and others where I wished the character would please stop talking.
Michelle Babb, who narrated this book, sent it to me in return for an objective review. Michelle's voice is as clear and easy to listen to as always. She had several characters to read, and did the voices pretty well. Sometimes the narration seemed choppy, but that was probably technique. It would be a challenge to have a meaningful, one-sided conversation with a non-responsive coma patient.
"A different perception..."
I didn't know in the beginning if I was going to just listen to this book or if I was going to get in to the book. Sometimes I listen just to say I finished a book, but this book I was glad I did. What an interesting story! I enjoyed the book and was so glad I finished. I am not usually in to this type of book, and the narrator didn't help! I can't wait to read more from this author. This book is well worth a credit! Give it a chance...
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"The most unique book I've encountered for ages"
Yes. Took me a while to get into this book and now I'd like to go back and fill in some fuzzy memories I have of different characters.
The author. Won't say why as it would be a spoiler.
Although I HATED listening to God, I loved the choice to make him/her sound robotic.
No. Needed to get my head wrapped around parts of it but it still managed to be a pretty easy listen.
I've already talked about this book to several friends. I can see it not being a lot of people's cup of tea, but I love that I loved it. Makes me feel smarter somehow.
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"Come on, Gary, wake up already!"
The Coma Monologues, by Mario Milosevic, is an interesting concept for a book. Coma patient, Gary Hawken, is visited by a variety of individuals each trying to give him the will to wake up and resume his life. Visitors include the usual parade of family and acquaintances but Milosevic includes a few unusual characters as well, a centaur, a crow who has witnessed the accident that caused the coma, Gary's dead mother and even Scheherazade. Will any of the visitors be compelling enough to cause Gary to waken? The story is unique and pretty well keeps a reader's interest. Be aware there is some foul language. Michelle Babb does a great job of narration on the audiobook, giving each of the individuals a unique voice. Her voice is easy to listen to and makes the listening experience a pleasant one.
"Very quirky story."
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review. The book is about Gary Hawken, who is in a coma after having been in a car wreck. His wife, Melody, has decided that rounding up people from his past to carry on one-sided conversations by his bedside will help him come out of the coma.
This concept was something I could comprehend. It threw me for a loop, however, when some of the "people" who came to talk to him were mythical, historical and basically made-up. The author was losing me. He managed to rope me back in. Eventually, it all made some sort of bizarre sense and I was glad I stuck with it. My favorite monologue was that of Gary's mother. My least favorite was that of God talking to Gary. I really have been debating with myself whether this story is just strange or brilliant. You'll have to decide for yourself. I do believe the ending was brilliant in it's brevity.
The performance by narrator Michelle Babb was fantastic. It totally blows me away when someone can come up with that many variations of voices.
"Help Me! I've Fallen and I Can't Wake Up!!!!!!!"
Probably not. While I enjoyed this book , for me it was the type that I would only read once because of all the characters and knowing the outcome.
The whole premise of his wife having friends and loved ones etc.come in and make recordings for him.
The way she can glide from one character to another.With this book I would think it would be difficult.
DEFINITELY MELODY! I would love to talk to a woman who loves her husband the way she loves him!
Yes, while I loved the idea for the book I feel it could have been a few chapters shorter. Some of the characters I thought were unnecessary. Otherwise, a very enjoyable listening!Thank you I need to add that I was given this book to review.
"Voice in my Head"
Since I never read the book, I can't really answer this.
I loved the stories. The different visitors made you really start to root for Gary to wake up.
The crow was the best to me. His comments were hilarious about how they crowed 3 times to keep the soul with the body.
All of it. She does a great job keeping the different visitor's stories sounding different.
No reason to rename the book, the title fit perfectly.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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