Narrator Nick Podehl does an incredible job. His characters are so well-voiced that at times I forgot it was just a single person narrating. The story is really good as well. A lot of other reviewers liked John Dies at the End better, but I feel like Wong's maturity as an author (not necessarily as a person) is reflected more strongly in this book.
I think all of the characters were well developed. I'm not sure if I would have felt this way if simply reading the book, but I think the narration contributed strongly to the listener's ability to experience each character's vibe.
I've covered this, but I think he took the book to another level. I felt like I was really engrossed in it due to the narration. I've listened to many books and this was by far the most well narrated of them all. He really captured each character's unique personalities and quirks.
If you're looking for a fun book with a good story and some adventure, it's worth a credit! Don't take it too seriously.
The excitement that Nick Podehl brings to the story
All of it!
no this is the first one.
Yes for sure!
I really enjoyed this book, however, the ending was kind of a little pulled out of thin air. Reminded me of some of the Stephen King books where he kind of got himself backed into a corner and had a hard time ending the book. This is not to say that this book was not enjoyable, it was, however I just wanted to add that about the ending. This book follows the adventures of David Wong and his best buddy Jack who are quite used to run-ins with the weird and un-worldly. It's just as good as their previous book, and had the right amount of humor along with the suspense. The story opens up when David is bitten by a horrible creature hidden beneath his sheets and continues very fast paced as the infestation of these horrible creatures multiplies. The whole town gets involved...I'd tell you the name of the town, but, as the book goes...they don't want to let that info out to harm the town, so, they refer to it as "unknown" every time the name of the town should pop up. Good book, fast paced until the last 1/3d where it's still fast paced but starts to get a little crazy even for a horror/fiction novel.
Well worth the credit.
This is one of the most entertaining books I've listened to. It's hilarious! It will probably be turned into an ok movie.
John Dies at the End, it's the first book in the series.
He pulled it off without laughing.
Flawed but fun
John dies at the end, because they're related.
This is one of the interesting parts, he does a great job. However the choice of Nick Podehl instead of keeping the narrator from John Dies at the End changes the tone from the first book. Where as the first book's narrator is more tongue in cheek and humorous, this book comes off as more World War Z with a few comic moments. I think that's mostly because of the narrator's different style and sense abilities.
A brief history "UNDISCLOSED".
The writing is more linear and narratively sound than the first book. But I think the first book's story is slightly better. And the disjointed narrative of John Does at the End feels more true to the characters perceptions. Spiders for 3/4 of the story is gripping and more than a little creepy, but the momentum wanes at the end and the characters become less complex than I'd wanted in this sequel. Definitely read John first then wait a book or two before picking up Spiders, listening to them back to back may lessen your enjoyment because of the differences. Overall tho this is still an A, just maybe an A - compared directly to John Dies at the End.
Absolutely. It was a horror book that managed to be both horrifying and often laugh out loud funny. The characters are well developed, the story never really lags and its so bizarre and squishy you will often find yourself going "Eww" even as your laughing.
When David is escaping through the tunnel towards the end. The spiders in his bedroom!
I think the creepiest is when he is initially attacked by the spiders.
Yes, I definitely could.
Enjoyable horror/comedy book. Dark comedy.
Similar to John Dies at the End, but very fun. You have to have a strange sense of humor to enjoy these, but I do, and I did.
I was sad when this book ended. I fell in love with John in the fist book, John Dies at the End, and unfortunately did not get as much John in this one. However, I enjoyed how this one was a bit darker and full of more horror. The moral implications of 'who actually is the bad guy?' was a fun topic to ponder. Also, the theory of mass paranoia being so much more dangerous than the actual threat was outlined well. Still a bit slapstick and gross, but thought provoking and brilliant, nonetheless!
I wish there was a movie for this one!
First off I loved John Dies at the End. Both books remind me of the sixties and old acid trip stories. Although I don't think that is where the author got his perspective. You really have to pay attention while you are listening to the book because you will get lost - like Alice or more like John Holmes did in his Wonderland.
It is more than a sequel to the first book, John Dies at the End. I loved the expanded role Amy got although her character still comes off as a bit weak, but maybe that's just me. It is just non-stop and you can't wait to hear what is happening next.
I have never listened to Nick Podehl before or at least that I can remember. But he really made the audio book. His performance was as good as the book and maybe he is the one that made tho audio version so engaging.
John and David are the book. The only thing I would have enjoyed more was if there were a bit more John or at least a bit more development of his character.
If you like entertaining fiction than engages you and makes you think (even crazy thoughts) this is it.
The humor! The relationship between Dave and John and their banter makes the whole story enjoyable.
Hum....John, I think, he is so out in left field.
He did a wonderful job narrating the story. The voice he chose for Detective Falconer was great.
Yes, but I am going to keep it a secret. I hate spoilers.
A great addition to the adventures of John and Dave. I look forward to more!