#Metaphysical #AudioBook #Review -- Lost In The Clouds by R.K. Gold
Neville Canton is about as average as any man can be. He has a mediocre job, a pleasant wife, and an ongoing feud with his sister.
He thought he was destined for great things in life, but unfortunately never got a real shot. Once all the excuses dried up the cancer finished the job.
Now trapped in a cloud between the living and the dead, he must find his way to the afterlife.
With the help of a spiritual guide, he navigates through seven challenges; seven tasks to sever his final connections to the mortal world.
If he fails, he forfeits his eternity and the consequences may be worse than death.
We enter the mind of Neville and experience his turmoil, as he is guided through a process designed to unravel his serpentine ties to this world. Time is not his friend, for the inky spirals hold tighter to his fate the longer he resists.
The concept of dying frightens many, yet, it is a reality all will face. While not on par with most noir literary tales where death exists in protagonistic (or antagonistic depending on the author) glory, Lost In The Clouds stands to create a conversation about disallowing the past “to be an anchor” and to let “the energy rise with the smoke and push” us “to the next destination.”
Quite often, our pasts are like the inky cloud in which Neville has become entangled. We fight to cling to that which we once knew, while failing to reach out and accept that which is to come.
This audiobook had such promise. While the narrator was adept in providing an annoying voice to the enigmatic spirit guide, he did not execute the pain and frustration Neville experienced. Suffice it to say, the essence of the message was not fully captured in this performance.
Gold possesses timeless wisdom, judiciously sprinkling it through his prose. This is not a book to be taken lightly.
This will NOT be the last book I read by this author.
Character development: 10/10
Plot development: 10/10
Quality of production: 8/10
Thought provoking: 10/10
Overall – 68/70 == 97.1% = 4.85/5stars
R.K. Gold graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a B.A. in English and is now pursuing a M.S. in Economics from the University at Buffalo. He is a non-genre specific author who enjoys reading and writing about characters searching for their purpose in life.
Kyle is a professionally trained voice actor and narrator based in Atlanta, GA. He got his start working in sports radio, spending six seasons as a broadcaster in the Atlanta Braves' organization. He started doing audiobooks on a part-time basis in 2013, and he enjoyed telling stories so much that he transitioned into voice acting full-time three years later. He’s performed more than 20 titles on Audible across a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. He also once had a video go viral after he took the pitch at a baseball-themed gender reveal party.
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