Title: Until It’s Time to Go
Author: Connie Bailey
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 01/25/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 11/14/2014
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
When a tragedy derailed his life, screenwriter Isaac Zevin became a recluse. Between the cheesy straight-to-video action scripts and his drinking problem, he’s surprised to get a call from Tony Kendall, the award-winning director he was slated to work with just before he fell off the map. After some persuading, Isaac agrees to help Tony realize his modernized vision of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
On set, Isaac is horrified to find the lead role filled by heartthrob superstar Colby Lightner, an actor Isaac believes embodies everything that’s wrong with Hollywood. Colby, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier to work with Isaac and resolves to make Isaac like him. As Isaac deals with his unwelcome attraction to Colby and the stress of writing a script during production, Laith, his troubled godson, shows up at his door looking for help. Isaac knows if he turns his back on the boy, he’ll never forgive himself. But how can he juggle his craft, his crush, and his godson’s problems when he can’t even take care of his cat?
My View – Story:
Until It’s Time to Go is the tale of two stories. First is the prologue. Which is heart-wrenching but unnecessary. It didn’t add anything to the story that couldn’t have been better worked in using flashbacks or other devices. Everyone who was introduced served only to make me dread the rest of the story.
The second part, which is most of the story, is a mostly lackluster look at one man’s journey back from the abyss that his life became after the death of his fiance.
The biggest problem? I couldn’t care less. I found Isaac to be totally and completely unlikable from page one. He is immature, self-centered, and caustic. Now, I don’t mind a well-written caustic character now and then, but Isaac was just irritating.
The second issue? Emotion… or specifically the lack thereof. I never felt a connection between Isaac and Cory. I also never felt Isaac’s grief over Stephen.
It wasn’t all bad, obviously. If you are a fan of witty banter, this is a good title for you.
In addition to a less than likable lead, I found the dialogue and prose to be immature and
My View – Narration:
I think in the case of Until It’s Time to Go, the sub-par story was worsened by the less than palatable narration. I have no doubt that Peter B. Brooke’s narration was spot on for his interpretation of the various characters, but I just found each and every one grating. If I had not been attempting to reviw this title, I don’t think I would have finished it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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