This is a brilliantly wacko story. I haven't laughed out loud so much listening to an audiobook in quite some time. It's sort of dark and has moments when it moves into a real thriller mode. Horror is often the vehicle for moving the plot along. However the dialogue is ridiculously silly and profane so it might not be appropriate for some readers. The reader is brilliant! He makes the characters come alive, and brings perhaps even more humor to the story then is actually in the text. If you enjoy ridiculous stories that make you laugh and don't mind some strong profanity this will be a very enjoyable listen for you.
The narrator makes the whole thing worth it. His John is perfect. The story itself feels too long by half, and there were multiple times where it could have ended neatly but didn't. but the narrator's depiction of John was so so perfect and funny. Worth it just for that.
Ms. Lou Hoo
I watched the movie about 20 times before I realized it was based on a book. Then I hesitated in reading (or listening to) the book because of some of the reviews I read about it. I should have ignored the reviews and picked up this book the second I found out about it! If you love the movie as much as I do, you're going to love the book even more! If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it, too. The movie did a GREAT job of sticking to the material and a lot of the dialogue is word for word from the book. But enough about the movie. The book has so much more to offer! It's weird, funny, scary, and even a little thought provoking at times. It made me laugh out loud at some parts and then turn on every light in my house during other parts. I couldn't get enough! Now that it's over, I might just listen to it again until my credits come in and I can get the sequel. If you're hesitant about this book, don't be. It's good - pants-sh*ttingly good.
The best horror comedy that I've read yet. I had to keep pausing the book because I was laughing so hard.
I really couldn't find any redeeming qualities in this one. Perhaps some other day this might bear revisiting, but after 2 hours I couldn't bear to continue.
A whole lot of fun with the proviso that it is most definitely an acquired taste. The author is one of the Cracked.com editors and the book is everything you would expect given that information. It is very funny with a dark side, foul language and copious penis jokes, one part horror with one part nerdiness with one part satire. You will find yourself emitting sharp little barks of laughter if it is the kind of humor you enjoy. If not, the book will be put aside within a couple chapters. It is not particularly transcendent (other than the fact that the protagonists jump dimensions and universes), but it has little streaks of honesty within the humor that might tug at a heartstring before it launches into absurdity again. A fun ride for those who find this type of thing to be their cup of tea.
The storyline is fantastic intriguing, humorous, and horribly terrifying all at the same time. The narrator's inflection, characters, and use of a half Jamaican half Scottish accent were spot-on.
I decided to purchase this book because it sounded like it would be a good story. Boy did I underestimate this book. It was amazing. It was both an amazing story and so funny. I was laughing so hard at times I would have to pause it so I wouldn't miss anything. I can't wait to start the next book.