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.
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.
Book lover. Coffee Lover. Introvert. Ravenclaw. Imperfect. Embrace your imperfections.
Okay, that was amazing.
David Wong has a way of creeping you out, making you want to vomit, and have you laughing (really laughing) all at the same time. This book is amazing and surprisingly insightful.
There is crude language, lots of violence, and a lot of spiders. I definitely don't recommend it for anyone that is scared of spiders or creepy crawly things.
Seriously, just read this series. You won't be disappointed.
I recommend this book to all of you hardworking, warm blooded, kindred spirits, or just to anyone who has ever woken at 3:33 am covered in blood asking yourself, "whose house is this; do they have any corndogs?"
I don't think this is the best way to format a documentary, but IT WORKS
I find the narrator to be a kind hearted, humble, neurotic with a special kind of charm in the way he describes the quiet Midwestern upbringing.
I've heard this book referred to as the modern day "Catcher in the Rye"
Truly a beautiful coming of age story in America's Heartland.
Okay, so at the start of this book I was having a really hard time getting into it. Later though I ultimately decided it's every bit as good but in its own way. My only critique is the performance I wish it had been the same narrator who had performedv the first book but that's neither here nor there.