Let me start by saying that this book is impeccably written, it truly could have been an amazing novel... but the ending was pretty terrible. I understand that it was originally written as a serial which may be why it falls off the way it does. I just can't understand why the author would leave so many questions unanswered? I was literally haunted by the graphic/realistic imagery, the protagonist was just the kind of bitter investigator a reader can really get behind, but the book just apprubtly ends. I can scarcely explain my surprise and (really) horror when the audible credits began. WTF?REALLY, if there are any readers/listeners who felt differently, please let me know. Maybe I just need some further explainantion? Also, what's up with the title?
He could have given the ending just the slightest bit of closure and changed the title.
He had a way of keeping me glued to my ear-buds. Even when the story got slow, I felt very much entrenched in what was going on.
This was well performed, and quirky enough to remind me of the Brother Odd books, but the story is somewhat lazily written and repetitive, relying on shock value coarseness in lieu of depth. This story was not so bad that I quit half way through, but bad enough I won't recommend it.
the story, the ridiculous dialogue
It started out funny then storyline deteriorated into ridiculousness. Kept hoping it would get better but was sorely disappointed by the end of it. Only reason I kept listening to it was I was on a long drive home with no other books available. Would not recommend!
Funny, but you have to have an odd sense of humor to appreciate.
Great one liners!
If you like odd, wacky and wierd, this book is for you. If you have a hard time following a story line, you will likely get confused early on. All that said, I loved this book. The story was interesting and I couldn't wait to see what bizzare thing was going to happen next.
I loved that this story wasn't a formula driven story. No "good guy battles the bad guy and wins because he is the good guy" stuff. The characters are not knights in shining armor, everyone is broken (or at least chipped), but that didn't make them bad people, or especially good people. Just... people. The story was a little crazy... a little funny... a little surprising... And the twists and turns weren't sadly obvious, or so ridiculous that it ruined the story. It all felt like it just fit together. And fit well.
I was afraid the the story was going to get overly complicated... overlapping time, and different dimensions, and all of the classic over-complications of scifi...
Nope! The story was "filtered" by the point of view of the regular guys on an irregular adventure. They didn't bother trying to explain everything. They figured out what they needed to know, and went with it.
It was an interesting premise, a good story, and a very good performance. Thorne's performance fit the characters perfectly, in all their imperfect glory.
I almost hope for a sequel to this book.... but I would be afraid it wouldn't be able to capture the same magic as this one did.
This book is totally nuts, totally! I enjoyed every minute of listening to it even though I am not totally sure wtf happened. I laughed out loud at times due to this books very clever dry humor (my kind of humor). The narrator was perfect. His voice was exactly what i would have imagined Davids voice to be like. His sarcasm was spot on and I think listening to this book may help people hear the authors sarcastic tone where they may have otherwise missed it in actually reading it. I have found myself still pondering stuff from this book a few weeks after listening to it which for me is the sign of a great book.
This book may not be for everyone but if you liked 14, and Mr. Penumbra this is worth your credit!
I can't decide if I was more terrified or entertained. Like riding a roller coaster, this book scares just as much as it delights.
I would compare this book to creepy folklore lurking around the internet. Like Black Eyed Kids, The Grifter Video, The Russian Sleep Experiment, or Polybius. It's a modern horror tale meant to seem like a real artifact.
I have not listened to anything else Thorne has done, but he is wonderful, and really brings the story to life.
John Dies At The End: Witness The End Of The Beginning. (Because it's going to be a series.)
There's a sequel coming out pretty soon, and I'm definitely going to listen to it. If you're a fan of horror and comedy, this ones for you.
John Dies at the End was a fun read. Wry. I enjoyed the way Wong twisted all the horror and action tropes. I actually laughed a couple of times.
What a waste of time. The 2 hours that I did listen to was full of imagery that sounded like a bad acid trip. Gore, gore, and more gore seems to be the theme of this book, and each statement was gorier than the preceding statement.
Even after 2 hours of listening, there seemed to be no plot. It is a disjointed bit of writing that seems to rely on the shock factor of the gore to keep the reader interested.
The narrator was not bad. His reading flowed well and the voices were good.
All in all, I'd have to say it was a waste of money and time. This book had no redeeming qualities whatsoever.