I watched the movie first. (Four Times and counting) I had to get the audio book to compare it to the movie. I was so impressed how close the book was to the movie. Except there is more book and therefore well worth the listen.
The most memorable part of the book was the scene with Arnie Blondestone, when John tells him he is dead and has been murdered and is only there because John basically made him up in his mind.
Excellent performance, he made the audio book.
The only extreme reaction I had to the book was that I had a hard time putting it down. I know these two don't really compare, but this book and Joyland are my most recent favorites. I could hardly tear myself away from them.
Watch the movie and get the book. The movie is a great complement to the book.
I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.
I am not the type of person to pick up a second book in a series first; however, I did so with this series. I purchased the follow up book "This Book is Filled with Spiders; Dude Seriously Don't Open It." without even realizing it was the follow up to "John Dies at the End"
This series is very fun to listen to, the story is a bit odd and hard to follow compaired to its sequel but the oddball humor and deliver make it a great light read, the heroes of the book come off as just incompetent enough to make you feel like they could really be two drunken stupid friends who stumbled into super powers.
This is a difficult book to review, as it had some downright clever and funny parts and some other areas that were either boring or downright stupid. It is for these last two points that I dropped my rating a bit.
To sum up the book, 2 stoner/loser type characters do some alien drugs and end up being able to cross dimensions and talk with ghosts and other unworldly creatures. That really sums up the novel. Throw in weird friends and occurrences that eventually lead to....? Well, I don't really know what it lead to.
Don’t get me wrong, the book was entertaining, but I think the author tried too hard to be funny and weird all at the same time. In the end, he missed the mark. The narrator was quite good and definitively made the story much more enjoyable than it really was.
Would I recommend this? Yes, but only after your “A-list” is depleted.
I know this is supposed to be horror-comedy and I don't know if its the narrator's delivery or what but I'm not finding this book that funny or scary. So far I'm about 1/2 through and wondering why it isn't over yet. I don't care about either of the main character's. There is nothing to really like about either of them. The female characters that seem to come and go are one-dimensional and interchangeable. Apparently the end of the world is nigh and its a big yawn. At this point I'm just listening out of stubbornness. My advice is skip this and go listen to some Sandman Slim books.
David Wong manages to tell a poignant tale about the supernatural and the risks of snorting any kind of mystery substance some random Jamaican guy gives you. John Dies at the End is a ludicrously ridiculous supernatural story that is not only funny but a enjoyable read. By the end of the book you will want to join with John Cheese and David Wong on their next supernatural adventure.
Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.
I don't know about the print version, but compared to the movie it was better and worse in some ways. The movie contains about half the plot line, but it's more dramatic. IF you liked the movie you won't be disappointed
It wasn't John dying at the end.
He brings some tempo and suspence. He narrates from one character's point of view and does that charater's impression of the other people. Nice.
How can you rename the book? Otherwise you won't be expecting John to die at the end.
Weird start. Weird middle. Weird end. I think I enjoyed it. I laughed a lot. It's completely different from what I normally read/ listen to. I'd probably listen to it again... just to see if it really is as weird as I thought the first time around... and to see if I missed any jokes.
Did I mention it is weird? Because it is. And I'm pretty sure that's a good thing. Decide for yourself. It's worth the credit.
No, because it loses the novelty after the first time.
The doorknob turning into a penis before all the meat in the freezer turns into a demon figure.
His conversational narration matched the book's style.
Laugh a lot from pure randomness and silliness.
Becoming invested in John and finding out I am not the only one with weird crap in their head!
Perfect voice and performance for this story.
Can't wait to see the movie and listening to the next installment.
I found the humor repetitive, the characters thin, and the book generally tiresome. Don't bother.