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The Coma Monologues

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About the Author

Mario Milosevic’s books include the novels Claypot Dreamstance, The Last Giant, and Terrastina and Mazolli, and the poetry collections Animal Life, Fantasy Life, and Love Life. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463525680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463525682
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,597,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
•••I listened to the Audible Edition of this book•••

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 :)

Whether To Wake Or Not To Wake

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 :)
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
This book centers around a comatose patient, Gary Hawkins. His wife is desperate for him to wake up and enlists the help of the people in his life – both past and present. They each visit Gary reminding him of things they shared – some good and some bad. His visitors include his family, friends, even a few famous people – some dead, some alive. They each have a story. We learn about Gary’s life through these stories.

What a unique concept for a book. I listened to this one on audio. At first I thought it was very strange and not at all the type of book I would like. However, as the book continued, I became more engrossed in it. Some of the visitor’s monologues were more interesting than others, but overall, it kept my attention.

Michelle Babb’s narration is always superb. I can sit and listen to her tell stories for hours. This must have been a difficult one to narrate as she had to continually switch to a different character in each chapter. She certainly does her job well. This is a captivating book that will keep readers wondering even after it’s all over.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
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.
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