Review: One Last Thing Before I Go
Things didn’t go the way Drew Silver planned. Sure, the band he was in (he was the drummer) had that one hit years ago, but his life has gone downhill ever since. He’s divorced, his ex-wife is getting remarried, his college student daughter is pregnant, and now the doctor tells him he has to have heart surgery or he will die. Silver refuses the surgery and decides to spend the rest of the time he has left improving himself and his relationship with his daughter. His family tries to convince him he’s making a mistake and Silver must decide if his life is worth living.
I’ve heard a lot about Jonathan Tropper‘s writing, so I was really excited to listen to his latest book, One Last Thing Before I Go and, for the most part, I enjoyed the book. I wouldn’t say that I loved it, but I certainly liked it a great deal. I’m not really sure why I didn’t love it, but I think it might be because not a whole lot really happened in the book – it was really an exploration of Silver’s relationships with the emphasis on his relationship with his daughter.
I did think the book was very well written and funny. Tropper certainly has a way with words and I found the dialogue to be witty and clever. In fact, I laughed out loud several times as I listened. This was my first experience with Tropper’s work and I certainly hope it’s not my last.
The audio version of One Last Thing Before I Go is narrated by John Shea and he was fabulous! He nailed Silver’s attitude with just the right amount of gruffness. He is a narrator I would like to listen to again. The audiobook is on 7 CDs and lasts about 8 and a half hours.