Death Gets a Book, written by Frank J Edler, is probably the weirdest book I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a while. The story revolves around Vincent Death, the latest Grim Reaper to get recruited, after dying horribly at a genuine Tijuana donkey show. If you don’t know what that is… well, engage “incognito” mode before Googling it.
What follows is a hilarious tale of life after death for long-suffering Vincent. He’s trying his hardest to fit in with all the other Deaths… but his first day on the job is ruined by his banshee ex-wife, Wanda.
Edler does a great job keeping all the various Deaths separated. There are a lot of them, so keeping track of Death talking to Death could get confusing, but fortunately Tijuana Death, Cowboy Death, Midget Death, and my personal favorite La Petite Mort (the miniature French Death). La Petite Mort speaks with an exaggerated, stereotypical French accent and drives a monster truck powered by a flux capacitor. This guy needs a story all of his own.
Vincent, clad in his Black Tattered Robe ™, invokes the wrath of his former wife banshee and inadvertently kicks off a revolution that could bring down all that the Deaths have worked hard for.
Narration by Ron Gabaldon was good, although his Irish accent left me cringing on behalf of an entire people. The rest of the production was solid, with no noticeable production issues
All up, a short and fun story about being dead.
I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.