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.
Remove about 2/3 of the unneeded cursing and the story would at least be palatable.
After this... Probably not.
Yes, that is why I chose this book. Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator with the uncanny ability to bring characters to life with his voice. He had read many other books I have enjoyed such as the King Killer Chronicles, which I believe he did an amazing job on. But, it was infinitely a much better canvas.
No, I lost interest in the story about four hours in. I tried to like the characters and look past the gratuitous swearing, but after a while, I just had to stop. I didn't care enough about the story to go on.
Maybe I'll like David Wong's books more when he ages and puts more effort into broadening his vocabulary. But, if he keeps up this style, I won't be picking up his books in the future. It's kind of sad, because I wanted to like this book.
loved this book. now I must listen to all other words written by this author. Preferably all at the same time cause I'm very busy and important.
Crass, Ridiculous, HILARIOUS, Gory, Insane, 3 words just won't do the trick
I don't think I could choose 1. I shared about this with a friend and she listened at the same time, and we would message each other with squeeeeeeels we were enjoying it so much. Early on the description of bird eating spiders was something that my entire family had to listen to - I MADE them. The velvet Jesus painting was pretty spectacular (and I don't think I ever would have put those words in a sentence together).
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
wasn't a bad listen at all but not one where i was glued to my seat. kindof a mystery sci-fi with probably every sci-fi idea the author ever had jammed into the story whether it made sense or not.
book started with an appology by the author for the last book (i guess i need to read reviews on that one to understand why). i suspect his next one may apologize for this one. :) just kidding. it's not really that bad, but not great either.
A whirlwind of extreme violence and foul language, this family-friendly all-ages romp through the depths of David Wong's depraved imagination will titillate and amuse you into nightmares and PTSD.