Official Review: Cosmic Cowboy the Musical by JD West

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Official Review: Cosmic Cowboy the Musical by JD West

Post by CommMayo » 13 Jun 2019, 19:06

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Cosmic Cowboy the Musical" by JD West.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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I devour audiobooks: in my car commuting, in the kitchen cooking dinner, and even in my garden while pulling weeds. When I say that Cosmic Cowboy the Musical by J.D. West is unlike anything I have ever listened to, you can be sure it is coming from someone with a lot of experience listening to narrators. Unlike most traditional audiobooks, this two-hour adventure is told via the third person in a screenplay format. It includes sound effects and eleven original songs written by West.

Remo, a prince on planet Vegas, hears a broadcast of Jenna Lee Jenkins singing and is drawn twenty-five light-years to find her in Nashville. Jenna is a young, struggling artist stuck with her deadbeat manager, Lance, who is only out to make a quick buck and doesn’t always have her best interests at heart. On their way home from a show at yet another lackluster venue, Jenna and Lance discover Remo’s crashed spaceship in a cornfield and hide him away in her father’s barn. They get the surprise of a lifetime when Remo regains consciousness and demonstrates his out of this world singing skills.

West spins an interesting tale that combines UFOs and the Nashville country music scene. The story has a fun combination of humor and intrigue, but where it really shines is the music. Remo’s songs center around being an alien and his love for Jenna. Jenna’s music is about forlorn love and her singing voice steals the show; her songs sound like something you would hear on the radio on a local country station. Her music was, by far, the highlight of the audiobook for me.

In no means is the story overly complex. Characters behave as one would expect and they generally fall into their typecast rolls: hayseed farmer, drunk redneck, and greedy manager. Remo’s voice is rather disturbing at times and some of the accents are a bit over-exaggerated. I found it odd that Jenna and Lance both live with their respective parents despite being represented as adults. At one point in the story, Jenna needs to borrow her father’s tractor to get into town; while funny, it raises the question of why two adults living in a house in the middle of nowhere didn’t own at least one car between the two of them. I think the story could use a little work to be a bit more believable and immersive. I’m rating Cosmic Cowboy 3 out of 4 stars.

Hardcore audiobook devotees might initially have a hard time when they starting listening to this production. The sound effects are a bit unusual to those accustomed to straight narration and the multiple voice actors make this audiobook quite unique. Listeners who enjoyed the original A Prairie Home Companion or much older radio shows like Johnny Dollar would easily sink into this tale. A love of country music helps but is in no way a requirement to enjoy this unusual musical.

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Post by ivana7 » 16 Jun 2019, 07:14

I like what this audio book contains different effects, but also songs. This combination of UFOs and country music seems to be very interesting and entertaining
Thank you for an amazing review!

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Post by Kibetious » 16 Jun 2019, 08:17

Thanks for the review. I am not yet accustomed to audio books, and so I will have to skip this. It sounds fascinating though.
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Post by Letora » 16 Jun 2019, 09:23

The only way to truly appreciate this book seems to be with the audio version. Having songs and sound effects included would really add to the experience. I can't focus well enough on audio books though. It's a shame since it seems like a fun book. Thank you for reviewing!
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Post by Bluebird03 » 16 Jun 2019, 13:55

I certainly applaud the author's ingenuity in putting UFO's and the Nashville country scene together (as it would never had occurred to me!). Being a fan of country music, I think I would enjoy this story while commuting. Thank you for a delightful review!

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 16 Jun 2019, 14:02

I have to confess that I have never listened to a single audio book, ever. Your enthusiasm for them, along with that of other reviewers on here, makes me think that I'm missing something. I'm not sure I'm going to start with one that combines UFOs and country music, but I think I'm definitely going to try an audio book soon. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 16 Jun 2019, 16:53

West spins an interesting tale that combines UFOs and the Nashville country music scene. The story has a fun combination of humor and intrigue, but where it really shines is the music. Remo’s songs center around being an alien and his love for Jenna. Jenna’s music is about forlorn love and her singing voice steals the show; her songs sound like something you would hear on the radio on a local country station. Her music was, by far, the highlight of the audiobook for me.
I can see why this is unlike anything you've listened to--it sounds quite unique...and fun.

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Post by e-reeder » 16 Jun 2019, 16:58

I have not had the opportunity to listen to total audio book before. I'd really like to listen to this one since the author put country music and UFOs together in this book.

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Post by Bamwiine Patrick » 16 Jun 2019, 17:08

Thank you for the review. Indeed, I can't stop absorbing the sword of life in audio books. Likewise, the UFOs and music pulls the entire universe look beautiful.

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Post by kdstrack » 16 Jun 2019, 18:18

I was raised on country! This sounds amazing and I would love to hear Jenna's songs. It could be the first time I've heard a country song mention aliens!! Thanks for this allegro review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 16 Jun 2019, 18:46

This sounds like a unique premise. I like that it is an audiobook and is filled with many songs. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Post by Prisallen » 17 Jun 2019, 07:33

This certainly seems like an interesting twist on an audiobook. The only time I have listened to audiobooks has been on long trips, but I may have to start doing that more often. Thank you for getting me more interested in them and for a great review!

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Post by Agnes098 » 17 Jun 2019, 08:06

I love music as it always uplifts my mood. Now, there's no doubt that I'll enjoy listening to this audio book. And I'm intrigued by West's inclution of his original songs.

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Post by gen_g » 17 Jun 2019, 09:31

Ooh, this sounds really interesting - I like that there are different voice actors used to portray the various characters, although there still seems to be a few loopholes here and there. I have yet to try out audiobooks myself, but I might give this a try. Thanks for the review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Jun 2019, 11:57

I'm all for bringing back the old style radio shows in an audiobook such as this. It sounds interesting; though it's a bit unusual to combine UFOs and singing fame. Still, it'd be worth looking at. Thanks!
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