Say something about yourself!
This book absolutely does not take itself too seriously. It is infectious from the get go.There are loose ends that I wish were explained, so i could make sense of them but that is honestly just for me. The humor is outstanding, the plot shifts itself into 5th gear from the Prologue and keeps it red-lined all the way through the book. You have to get out of a serious mindset when listening to this, as well as get used to his repetitive way of describing ridiculous scenarios, which there are plenty. But it is worth it just as a breath of fresh air, which this book is.
I believe through a combo of how well written it was, and how well performed it was, John is my favorite character. Buy and large most friend groups have a John type and he is just extravagantly well written in this.
I would listen to John Dies at the End—In fact, I plan to do that very soon, because it's one of those books that leaves delicate clues throughout the beginning, and then has the big reveal at the end, and therefore it's one of those books that'd be nice to read again, once we know the plot, so we can find all the little easter eggs.
I liked how imaginative this story was, how brutal the disgusting elements were, and how I could never fucking guess what was coming next. It was like what I imagine going on a roller coaster while tripping balls is like, crazy and terrifying but definitely something you're going to want to talk about afterwards, and maybe drag your friends into if they'll let you.
Dave, the narrator. We got up close and personal with his character, and so its hard not to like him. He's got a good heart, a probably-more-than-healthy amount of self loathing, and really valid reasons for the way he acts. There was never a second where I was listening to him where I was like "what the fuck is with this guy" because he was just so believable.
I'd say the most memorable character, probably aside from Dave, was Molly. I don't know. Molly was great. Good dog. Weird dog. Really, really weird dog.
This is a good book to draw to, if you need to doodle or work on an art project. It's also probably good for long train rides, but I might gently caution you against listening to it as a before-sleep book if you're easily freaked out.
story is hilarious. the performer wasn't that good. wish he would have tried harder to project emotion.
No. It tries to be funny but in most instances it is not. The characters are thin.
I listened to this during a solo road trip, so I might have enjoyed it more than I would have otherwise.
I like the books sense of humor and overall weirdness, but it was too long. There is enough material for three books in here. The book tells three completely separate stories - they tie together but each could have been its own book. The paper version is 500 pages, way too long for a book like this.
I do plan on reading the sequel, or listening to it on the return trip.
...and kids let this be a reminder that doing acid is always bad for you.
Future Violence and John are both ridiculously funny, but 'Future Violence and Fancy Suits' is 100x's better for my tastes. FVaFS is less of an oft convoluted awaking into sheer insanity and more of a traditional storyline arch with moments of insanity that make it fun.
John Dies at the End is so rich it's overwhelming it's difficult to digest it all while remaining sane (think Stephen King's 'Gunslinger' series but on acid, bathsalts and steriods... or like standing on a beach as a 1000 foot wave rushes toward you). Listening to John, via audiobook, you will have to pause often so you don't miss story from laughing so hard and missing the story - or just listen to entire chapters over again.
Be warned, very funny! Glad I discovered this storyteller, I will be buying future releases (new fan).
I haven't been so happy to finish a book in a long time. The concept is really interesting and I wanted to care but the constant penis jokes/taunts/fascination, use of the word "retarded" as a descriptor for people or situations, and, well, the author's voice and style all combined to make this a painful read. I wouldn't have finished it at all if I didn't need a book starting with "J" for an A-Z title challenge.
I'm sure I would have enjoyed it much more if I were a teen-aged boy.
The narrator did a fine job. Except for the voice he used for John sounded too much like Jack Nicholson.
it is an excellent story with a flawless, if slightly monotonous reading. I would definitely recommend it to people who like lovecraft and have the humour of a highschooler. All hail Korrok.
The book was very different And I would leave it that way.
The fantasy trip it took you down.
It was made into a movie, but it was a very bad movie.