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.
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There is never a moment in the story that is not filled with action and imagination.
The chemistry and wit between John and Dave is beyond exceptional. I think every reader can connect with the two charaters.When the two discover how to use the "fur" gun, it actually had me laughing out loud while listening.
Stephen's performance was over the tops. He went from being the scientific psychologist, to be Amy, to being a distinct John and Dave voice - seemlessly throughout the entire story. he is one of my top narrators!
John and Dave Save the World - Twice!
I don't think I would recommend this book as it often makes little to no sense. It begins with a ghost hunt and ends mid sentence (I kid you not). It's as though you are listening to someone on LSD telling a story that makes no sense what so ever. It's disjointed and very little is ever resolved. I think this would probably be a better read only because it would be easier to find where your confusion began. Although the lack of cohesion, even in a rewind, leaves you thinking you must have missed something. I kept hoping that something would fit together, but it never did.
The narrator was fantastic! The only saving grace to the story.
It inspired me to regret buying the book.
If you are in the mood for flat characters, a book you couldn't possibly understand as it is a babbly trip through the retelling of a bad acid trip, then go for it. Otherwise, give this one a miss.
The narrator perfectly capture the goofy charm of the book.
This book was the perfect combination of goofy humor, surreal imagery, and horror. It made fun of a lot of horror cliches while still being terrifying in places. The only knock I can give it is that its origins as a blog serial are evident in the slightly disjointed nature of the story.
Oh, I'm sure it is because the narration was really the only enjoyable part.
It made no sense, was unnecessarily gross and disgusting without any apparent relationship to whatever plot there was.
His performance was fine; the characters were non-existent.
Please don't ask.
I'm sorry, but this book was a total waste of time. I couldn't listen to it at mealtime because there was something disgusting every 10 minutes. I kept waiting for something to make sense and nothing ever did.
I'm honestly not sure
I'm sure others enjoyed it, just not my style.
The reader was good.
No reaction honestly. I just wanted to get to the end.
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.
The first novel I ever read (that a teacher didn't make me read) was THE GUNSLINGER. I picked it up at a laundry mat and never put it down.
If Douglas Adams and Chuck Palahniuk's had a literary baby, it would have grow up to be David Wong.
If you are not hooked by the end of the first 10 minutes of this book, there is no need for you to continue. I love how a series of absurd and seemingly random events coalesce into a cohesive plot. Plus, you can't go wrong with exploding meat monsters.
Thorne does an excellent job of making each of the characters distinct. His performance of John is hilarious. He nails the slightly indifferent tone of a twenty-somethingstoner of [UNDISCLOSED] America who has become slightly jaded by video games and the 24 hour news cycle.
This was an unusual choice for me and didn't turn out well. It was too quickly narrated and too hard of a story for me to follow. Sometimes, I could just not make the leap to the next sentence and I found I had missed chunks of story.