The story is a little Too simmilar to something by Lovecraft. But then, that's what Lovecraft wanted, to be emulated. It's humorous in dark places and "in the now" you could say. I didn't like the ending and the plot is pretty predictable. But all in all a good listen. The narraror did a fine job. He has a fitting and pleasant voice. I would recommend this book unless you have a Strong aversion to insects.
Gave up after the first four chapters. Some may feel there is a story in the book, but I thought it was some guy writing about his drug induced nightmares and trying to pull them together into a story. Pathetic waste of time.
This book was definitely catering to a male reader demographic! I did not feel empathy for the characters and there were so many gross images that I couldn't finish it. That is one plus - the imagery that the book created was very good. If you like gross horror books, I guess it would be great!
This is absurd, silly, horrific, funny, horrific, and spectacularly unpredictable. The narration is excellent. And the sequel is even better.
My friend recommended this book. He does not own a television and reads about 3 books a week. He is huge Stephen King fan and I am not. I was a little concerned because his recommendations are hit or miss. This was a hit. I can't explain why, but I am already planning on reading it again. Kind of like the Sixth Sense. You watch it once, get the twist and then want to see the movie again, so the twists will jump out at you...
Absolutely, a real gem of a story. Brilliantly written, wonderfully narrated
Its like Lovecraft but with a whole lot of fun thrown in
All of them...Thorne was spectacular...just the right way of throwing his tone around...I'll be looking out for his other work
David Wong is obviously the stand out, but there are many memorable characters
This is currently $4...if you like horror and humor it would be horrific to miss it!
"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" + "Ghostbusters" mashup
Obviously, John - just because of his one-liners.
Not much. I wasn't too impressed with his character range - not compared to some other actors I've been listening to. But he's infinitely better than that guy who voices "Ender's Game" - ack!
"David & John Go to Hell and Back then Somewhere Else"
Honestly, it's hard to explain or describe. It's a fantastic book. I think what I loved best was the humor in the face of darkness/evil/fear.
The scene where we finally find out why, exactly, David was in trouble in high school. I won't go into more detail, but man, it's amazing. Especially when placed in context with the surrounding discussion with Amy.
Amy. Loved her development and her humanity. How lost David was until her.
I will say this, it is really, really weird. I mean so weird it may turn listeners off. Some may call it juvenile but, for me, Wong writes in a style that closely relates to myself and people I know. It's like reading a book that tracks how my buddies and I would have reacted if we were in John and David's position. I loved it.
This audio book is in my top five favourite books of all time.
This book is very funny. It makes you feel like you are high without actually getting high. The story line is strange but awesome and draws you in the world of David Wong.
I purchased based upon a combination of factors; including decent reviews (???) the fact that it had been recently made into a movie (forgetting that Hollywood is often void of taste) and that it was on sale. There are very few audio books for which I have not tried to persevere to the end and see if they get better; but I just couldn't justify the time wasted on this book, when I could be spending it listening to something good.
The author must have grown up watching Beavis & Butthead as his primary source of entertainment. John Dies at the End is a disjointed mess of pre-pubescent humor. (I openly admit that when I was about 12 years old, I thought that farts and stories / jokes of guys getting hit in the groin were hilarious; but I turned 13 and realized that they were a bit stupid & lacked any sense of originality .... OK, the campfire bean scene in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles might remain as a slight exception to that rule...) Back to JDitE; it seems like Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) has attempted to write a bizarre tale to merely thread together his obsession of characters getting hit,kicked,bitten or otherwise injured in their genitals; along with demonic creatures propelling themselves with farts that are as powerful as a James Bond jet-pack.
While I know absolutely nothing about the author; the material lends me to believe that it was written entirely under the influence of weed.
The only redeeming factor of the entire audiobook (or al least the first half; since I couldn't bring myself to listen any further) is the narration of Stephen R. Thorne. He does a very credible job of creating individual character tones / vocal nuances. He attempts to inject energy into the material and performs better narration on this junk than other narrators in some of my favorite (and well written) novels. Regardless; the best narrator on the planet could not save this train wreck.
If you are 12 years old (or have the mentality of a 12 year old) you might enjoy this book; otherwise, save your money / credits and try something else. I'm just glad that my membership permits me to occasionally return books for a refund.