This guy has great ideas but his story flows like it would if written by a kid with ADHA after eating candy bars and drinking a big gulp. I wanted to like it. It had so much potential, but it fell soooo short of what it could have been. I probably should have followed the advice on the cover. David wong/Jason Pargin needs a better editor.
My title says it all - this was a fun, inventive, and well written story. Before Wong's book, I didn't even stop to consider that there was a special genre of books: comedy/horror. The first part of the book is especially funny and shows off Wong's sense of humor. The book then becomes more of an apocalypse story, but keeps some of its cheeky sense of humor.
A very well narrated story. Podehl does a great job with different voices - male and female - and he does an outstanding job creating tension and suspense, especially with characters who have just had the bejesus scared out of them.
Very worth a listen - especially if you are looking for something fun and different that will hold your interest to the end.
Very Picky Music Man
It is probably number 6 of my top ten
Don't really want to spoil it but it involves the reintroduction of soy sauce
He brings the character's emotions out really well.
You've been warned.
David Wong knows how to make things really really weird!
I was initially disappointed that this book had a different narrator than the first book, but Mr. Podehl is every bit as good, if not better.
After writing this review I realized I probably wouldn't.
The last book I listened to was "John Dies at the End" and I REALLY enjoyed that book. There were so many elements of it that just clicked for me. It was/is so fun, fresh, funny, odd ball, horrible (in a good way), surprizing and really well narrated.
So I guess that the bar had been set pretty high when I started this book. The greatest disappointment was the change in narrators. Stephen R. Thorne (narrator of John Dies at the End) was just excellent in his depiction of the characters - especially the character of John, whom he plays as a down key sort of guy, I really liked that. All his other character's voices are well defined and you are able to tell them apart and visualize them.
The narrator of this book, Nick Podehl, does exactly the opposite and John is more hyper and yells allot. It is extreemly jarring going from one book to the next. As well, many of his character voices sound the same so I sometimes was lost in what was happening in conversations - who is saying what. His female voices are straight out of a bad Saturday Night Live skit, just horrible and all the same.
Ok I get that maybe they might have had difficulty getting back the narrator of the first book - maybe it was life, schedules, whatever - but WHY chose a new narrator whose style is so very different and is just not as skilled? So VERY disappointing.
Also gone was allot of the humour and fun. I get that more serious things happen in this book, but I think it is at the forsaking of the characters personalities. Possibly the author was trying to end the series and show some growth in his characters - but it just felt wrong and fell flat for me. Sometimes I caught myself silently growning and wanting to smack my forehead.
There is a death at the end that was just completely unnecessary and made me very angry. Really angry. That was just bs. Just horrible. You know what? I’m still angry. If I can ever figure out a way of deleting it from my audio book I will. It however may not be necessary as I doubt I will ever be listening to it again. By the way, since buying John Dies at the End a few months ago, I have listened to it three times.
Ok what did I like. Some of the humor was ok. Some of the ideas were fun, interesting, refreshing.
To be honest I was sort of relived when it was over.
Also I waited at least a month after listening to this book so that I could have some time to really reflect on what I liked and what bothered me.
I would have replaced Nick Podehl with the narrator of the first book "John Dies at the End" - Stephen R. Thorne
Please be more considerate when choosing narrators.
I definitely would. I enjoyed the book quite a bit (and multiple times), however I spend much of my time driving and this is a very convenient way to listen.
All of the characters are great and relatable in many different ways, but it's a fair bet that my, and many other peoples favorite character, is John. If you've read or listened to this book or the one that came before it, John Dies At The End, you'll know why.
With Nick reading the story, and doing a fantastic job of it, you actually get more of a performance than just a story read to you. He brings unique voices to the table that sound like what you imagine the characters would sound like while reading the book.
"David Wong's Second Go-Round: You Don't Need To Read John Dies At The End But You Wouldn't Regret It If You Did"
You can probably tell by that renaming question, but I'm partial to John Dies At The End. That's the only reason for this audiobook's story getting four of the five stars. It didn't quite keep up with the original. If I hadn't read JDATE, my mind would still have been blown by This Book Is Full Of Spiders.
And I'm not kidding about Nick Podehl's performance. A bad reader with bad voices will pull you right out of the story but Nick made it better.
The audiobook ended, and I immediately started from the beginning again. The second time, I finished in half the time it took me to listen the first time.
Molly the dog, for reasons best left unexplained.
I haven't, but he did an unbelievable job of bringing life to the different narrators.
'Wong' has an amazing ability to share his dark thoughts about the nature of the universe through his exposition, and this is ever present throughout the book.
Thanks so much.
Nick Podehl did a good job with what he had to work with as a story teller but I will never buy anothwer David Wong book.
He could leave out vulgar language. It seemed like he said the F word just to say it and threw in the word penis as often as he could. It really is not needed. This felt like 7th grade locker room humor.
The narrator did a good job with the substandard material he had to work with.
I got disgusted and didn't finish the book so can't answer that, couldn't even finish the bulk of part one.
I think I'm just too old to enjoy this type of book. Someone in their twenties who uses the words "dude" and "seriously" a lot will probably enjoy. Being they were both used in the title, it should have clued me in, but this is the first time I've found a book THIS ANNOYING.
This is horror comedy where both elements are done well. It refuses to be cliche, and is rarely predictable.
Molly the dog, because she's the only one who is truly an innocent.
There's a part where a monster is formed out of a bunch of live turkeys. Without giving details, it is disgustingly disturbing one moment, then absurdly funny the next. Like much of the rest of this book.
Yes, but I don't want to give it away.
The reading is very good on this production, and there are just occasional touches of audio production that enhance at just the right moments without ever feeling too intrusive. The way the name of the town ("[UNDISCLOSED]") is "clumsily" overdubbed in a different sounding voice was somehow an effect that never ceased to be funny.
This is my first "zombie" book. I'm not sure the genre is for me. Not necessarily too gruesome, though it is quite gruesome... but too action-y.
However, the partnership between the writing of "David Wong" and the reading of Nick Podehl brings so much life to this book! Wong really knows how to turn a phrase, and I often find myself smiling at his amusingly adept analogies and descriptions. Podehl delivers the lines with just the right pitch.
Wong's characters are terrific, and brought to life perfectly by Podehl. The underachieving protagonist, his smart and sweet girlfriend Amy, his slacker friend John, the condescending evil psychiatrist, the wise doctor, the adorably creepy child Anna, and more. All have unique and believable voices via the writing and the acting.
Loved the epilogue. Fun and funny book.