Reese lives with crippling anxiety, depression, and a womanizing chauvinist named Tony. As Reese struggles to get over his not-so-recent heartbreak, he finds himself tired of the way his roommate treats the opposite gender and demands Tony come clean about his ill intentions toward Janet, a woman whom he just recently met. When Tony refuses to cooperate and leaves town for business, Reese takes it upon himself to tell Janet the truth. This sets in motion a series of events that leaves Reese jobless and smitten with the woman his roommate scorned. Over the course of several months, Reese learns important lessons in hope, friendship, love, and the possibility that everything, good or bad, happens for a reason.
If you could sum up Counting Losses in three words, what would they be?
Brutally honest [piece of] wisdom.
I don't believe I can say that I liked this book since it is about the anguish a young man encounters in his life in the form of betrayal, heartbreak and depression. So while I can't say I 'liked' it, indeed I can say, with the utmost sincerity, that I found it meaningful.Counting Losses hauntingly encapsulates human emotions, realistically too. What I mean by this is that I felt I could relate to Reese, I , like him, feel only too often that the world is out to get me. Of course though, unlike him, I laugh about this ludicrous notion soon after. I also live by the same sort of philosophies, such as the idea that everything happens for a reason.But since the question uses this word, I will too:I liked that there was substance to the characters, no one was under developed, they all had an integral part in the progression of the novel.In the same way, I liked how Reese developed, as did Tony, he became more mature, more understanding of the ways of the world: though it can be claimed that from his first heartbreak he learned little, since he didn't deal well with his second.
What other book might you compare Counting Losses to, and why?
Has this increased your interest in a particular area?
Yes, depression and the tendency of humans to accept their circumstances (however, awful they may be) as fate, or something they deserve or have no right to change, is certainly something that has fascinated me. Almost as much as human memory, and that's saying something. This novel has raised my interest, now I have another thing to think about at night (to add to my never-ending train of thought): why after experiencing betrayal and heartbreak, are we so willing to accept it and move on? Is it a survival instinct, something innate within us, that we see the good in anyone? Why do some of us find it easier (for lack of a better word)to succumb to defeat and turn to suicide?I know that it took Reese around six months to move on, my question is not regarding the speed if acceptance, just the reason it happens at all. I do, of course, acknowledge that this is a work of fiction.
I definitely have to say that the content comes across as such profound, enlightening wisdom. Perhaps I'm exaggerating, but I definitely felt compelled to complete all of this audio book, there must have been a reason. Indeed, I have always believed everything happens for a reason. So the novel fit into some of the very core philosophies I live by.
Have you listened to any of Kye Grayson’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, afraid not. So I will answer based on this one performance:
I felt at the start he seemed overly expressive, almost superficial. At other times I felt that the narration was fitting, I'd like to think this was a deliberate technique, that the hopeful tone at the start to the almost dejected voice at the end signified the wearing away of Reese's optimism.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
This was a novel I'd usually not follow through with reading or listening to, since it's not something I'm used to, perhaps it was this uniqueness which drew me closer. I'm glad that I didn't stop listening at the first mention of sex, porn, adultery, drug abuse. depression, loneliness, suicide... I appreciated how the author wrote of these things without the socially expected reservations: it allowed for a more genuine feel for the story."This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
Real life. Real problems. Really funny! Mr. Key takes us along on Reece's journey like one of the gang. He places us in the middle of his crappy life, but we love being a part of it! He's a friend you want to hang out with because he is so honest and innocent. A true underdog you root for! Would love to see this on stage!
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I really enjoyed this book. The story, characters, and general feel of this book is so realistic. Many people suffer from depression, and in the midst of it all its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This book just shows you that a real, raw, true story such as this can be told and enjoyed by many who have been there. Props to the author and narrator for hitting a home run with this book. I can't wait to listen to more from both of these guys!
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