I absolutely LOVED this whole book! This story was fascinating from beginning to end; in fact, I was disappointed that it ended and have only managed to console myself with the knowledge that the next book is due out shortly. I can't even imagine there even being a conclusion to this story, at least as long as Dave is living (although, with this story, it's highly possible the story could continue even after his death!). I usually read books myself, but I got into audio books for a road trip, and I have continued using audio books to get me through even short driving trips (it is an amazing cure for road rage!). Sometimes, the narration of an audio book leaves much to be desired, but this one really hit the mark. I found the narration fit the character perfectly, so much so that I first thought maybe the author himself had narrated. When I discovered it was someone else, whose name I didn't recognize, I actually googled him! But, in my mind, he is so much David Wong that I don't know if I could listen to him narrate a different story now. Anyway, he was very entertaining, and he did a pretty nice job of capturing different voices of the other characters. My one complaint would be his "Amy" voice; it made me cringe every time. But I don't hold a grudge; I imagine it's tough for a man to do a good female voice. Overall, I am 100% satisfied with this book.
Tough to limit to just ONE memorable moment, but I'll go with the moment when John dies. LOL!
This is the only one.
Yes and no. It fully captivated my attention, but I enjoyed drawing it out.
The genre of this book is similar to reading about someone playing a video game. I am sure it would appeal to many people - probably those who play video games - but I don't and so did not relate to the characters.
There is really nothing wrong with the story. It is just not the kind of story that appeals to me.
Sometimes I don't like stories where you are put into the middle and have no idea what is going on. And then you think you are finally catching on, and something happens to totally change your perception of the story and you're lost again. However, this one is brilliant in its ability to lose you every few pages, yet keep you so enraptured to the story that you couldn't stop listening if you wanted to. It is about monsters, conspiracies, supernatural elements, aliens, paranormal fears, and everything in between, yet it is also none of those things. You really just have to listen to it to know what I'm talking about. Try it!
Its style reminds me of the Monster Hunter International series, with its single, sardonic narrator, fantastic fighting scenes, kind of gross monsters, and likable characters.
Oh no, I couldn't possibly tell you. It would ruin everything!
Well, obviously John. But also the narrator David Wong. And the worms. Wait, nevermind. I didn't say anything about worms.
Funny, but you have to have an odd sense of humor to appreciate.
Great one liners!
Honestly, I just think that this book was written for a whole different age group or genre. I get the horror and the comedy parts. But overall, I just kept getting lost from horror jump to horror jump. Nothing seriously against the book, I bought the book because so many people gave it 4 to 5 stars. So I thought, why not try something different??? Well ... it way different than I like. Some call it a thriller .... um ... I just didn't get that from the writing. Also, some said that they just couldn't put the book down. Well, trust me, I did. I made to the end and still walked off with the thinking of "huh?"
Here's my recommendation to future listeners of this book ... read all the comments. If it's your cup of tea, get it! If not, keep looking.
Nothing against the writer or the listener, it just wasn't for me. And that's cool ...
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
If acid could take acid that just ate acid, that's this book. REALLY good narrator. It's written well if you like the subject matter.
I'll file this in with Ex-patriots and Spawn under, "Don't open till - NEVER AGAIN!"
I loved this book. The narration was excellent. The story line engaging. Imagine a gut clenching adventure through the Matrix while spinning inside the Twilight Zone with Dale Gribble leading the way. I laughed, cried, laughed some more and if David Wong had been standing in front of me when I read the final words.. I would have beaten him senseless with my kindle!! I am recommending this book to all my friends & family. :)
John was my favorite character. Without him the story would have fallen flat.
His narration was beyond perfect in this book, just as it is in every book he has done. I don't think anyone else could have brought the characters to life as well as he did.
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.
A lover of quirky stories and characters.
This one ranks at the top. Well written and a superb performance.
Where to begin? was it the Meat Monster? the Roach Man? or the scene where it turns into a video game? Answer..D) All of the above.
The openning scene and the ending. The story moves at a good pace, but the openning really sets up what's to come incredibly and the ending is great.
Full of honest chuckles and some great laugh out moments are delivered along with some truly scary scenes rich with terror, dread, and creepiness.
John Dies at the End is the kind of book that there should be more of. It is a perfect blend of HP Lovecraft creepiness and madness with the witty and absurdity of Douglas Adams.