I found the humor repetitive, the characters thin, and the book generally tiresome. Don't bother.
Hell yes I would listen to it again. I actually have. It's one of the few audiobooks that is a permanent part of my iphone audible library and I listen to it at least once a month!
I love the end of the first incident of the book when David, John, and Co fight off the sauce beasts in the Luxor Hotel. John's defense of chair fighting with a Macho Man Randy Savage impression and then his idea of distracting the monsters with Camel Holocaust is one of the funniest parts of the book. "Guys, this is just retarded enough to work." Classic.
I've never listened the any of Stephen Thorne's other performances but I would definitely listen to a book he's read again. His distinct voices for all the different characters as well as the perfect portrayal of David's hilarious yet earnest tone made the entire performance believable. Thorne is the only voice I can now picture as David and am not at all sad about that.
Ok. One. SPOILERS. Kind of. The end of the book when David explains the last incident and what happens to him is especially moving since the reader becomes invested in Dave only for that to happen and shake out whole belief in him. We feel for his struggle to come to terms with the new information and ramifications.
If you like supernatural horror and dark comedy, buy this book. You won't regret it.
"reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.
I have listened to this book a dozen times since I got it and will a dozen more. Honestly the story is out there in the dark immature places of slightly off minds. It is a little gross and raunchy. Beyond all that the story is well written and is a guilty pleasure.
I grew up with the Internet from the days of 1200-baud modems, so I find it very gratifying and affirming to experience fully-realized works like this one that express the post-boomer worldview in such unmediated depth. In fact, I got the sense that while the narrator is clearly very good at his job, he didn't quite accept/connect with what he was reading at times.
The biggest case in point for me was the voice he gave John, which sounds like the impressions of Jack Nicholson people used to do. It makes John sound more like a manipulative sleazeball who makes trouble deliberately; to me, he sounds more like a rudderless space case who doesn't worry about the effects of his actions - I would have voiced him as dopey rather than sleazy.
While I did find that bit of characterization distracting, overall a very good audiobook, and I'm glad to see stuff like this on a high-profile audiobook service like Audible.
Unabridged as I understand it means that no line or words are cut or shortened.The initial reason for getting this audio book I must confess was that of simple laziness . Even though I own a copy of the book I thought it would be easier to just get the audiobook.I eventually found myself following along in the book.I kept getting lost on the many missing descriptions and jokes cut from the book.
This book has some similar humor to Hitchhikers Guide.
While his performance is excellent I couldn't help but picture the characters way older then they were supposed to be,The characters being in their mid-twenties
I'd say this greatly confused me, I already was a fan of author David Wong because of his articles on Cracked.com. When I heard of his book I watched the film first and absolutely enjoyed it.I managed to get a copy of his book solely to figure out the difference from the book and the movie.What I found was they're some minor edits from first and second addition from the printed book.Now there are differences in the "unabridged" audiobook I don't feel like trying to figure out what all of them are
Books have always been an escape for me: initially from studies, now from over-working. A good story-teller will always get my attention.
The narration by Stephen R. Thorne was outstanding. There were a few gaps in the editing that were odd, but his performance was solid and entertaining throughout.Less appealing moments are those in which the plot got caught up in excessive gore and anatomical issues (read: Part II). The book seemed to morph from extremely entertaining supernatural conundrum to a plodding, gore-fest with moments of humor thrown in.
As I was reading, I was thinking, "Gee…if this is ever made into a movie, I *really* hope they take more of an Sam Raimi's 'Army of Darkness' approach (i.e., heavy on humor, light on gore) and avoid a John Carpenter's 'The Thing' approach (i.e., zero humor and over-the-top gore)." Unfortunately, I think that's the turn the book took from Part I to Part II.
I feel that the book started out strong -- I saw a strong element of Christopher Moore's tongue-in-cheek humor with other-worldly things, which was definitely appealing -- but it petered out in Part II, as the gore increased, the twists and turns got messier, and the body count rose. In the end, it was the outstanding narration that kept me going. (That said, I would keep my eyes (and ears) open to see what Mr. Wong's might come up with next.)
Perhaps it was my own misunderstanding, but when I selected this book, I had extremely different expectations of what the story would be than the absurdity that it actually is. Definitely would not recommend this story to anyone other than an immature "Ghost Busters" fan. Mind you - GB is a brilliant movie... this book just feels like a silly attempt to capture that energy but without any of it's success.
Probably not....but, it was without a doubt one of the most interesting stories I've listened to in a long time!
David was...because he was so......clueless...and it's hard to put into words the way the author did!
No....I only bought this audio book because I had just seen the movie 3 nights earlier...and when I was looking for a book to purchase....here it was!
I think "John Dies at the End" is a much better eye catcher than "The Soy Sauce"
I love the narrator, he really made it cause hes good with dry delivery. This book is totally weird and caught me off guard with it's absurdity. I found it hilarious.
This book started off a little quirky but interesting but quickly headed down hill fast. I'm not sure if the author lost his train of thought or just couldn't figure out where to go with the story but by the end I was ready to shoot Dave and John myself just to end it all!!