it was poorly done Carl Hiaasen sci-fi; the overall effect was less charming and more cringe-worthy.
An off the wall, irreverent rift on a zombie apocalypse theme. Not sure what the author was on when he came up with some of his lines (soy sauce?) but glad he put it on paper (or on the computer). Entertaining.
Struggled to finish, but I felt the need to give it my all. It was definitely a different kind of narrating. It feels like the narrator is talking to YOU. Directly at YOU. Anyhow, I hate siders so I thought this might be just a creepy story about them. However at one point the story turns into different universe's, inter galactic mind twisting phenomenon and drug's that allow you pause life itself. The author has a creative imagination, I just don't think he should have put it in ONE book all at the same time.
While I was quite taken by the concept of this novel it took me quite some time to get in tune with the main characters. I've not read the prior book ("John Dies at the End") but this novel had just enough to recap key points.
However, that might not have been enough to get in sync with David and John. But deep into the novel I'm not sure they changed or I figured them out but the last sections had fewer moments of frustration for me. I think the key was understanding what level of self-reflection they actually had.
wacky but yet very profound. really does make you question your life and how you see and understand the world. just a great book and presentation!
David long creates the best monsters! I would've snorted milk out through my nose reading more than one scene, but I wasn't drinking milk. Missed opportunities.
Excellent story, guy's narrator voice doesn't sound natural, like he's trying too hard to make it sound deep which is kinda annoying. The female voices don't sound quite right but he does a great job with John & David's Midwest accent, TJ's African American accent, and a Latino accent. Also the way they say "Undisclosed" like it's been abruptly recorded over is hilarious.
The performance was good, with variation in the voices. The story was entertaining, and I found myself making faces of disgust to some scenes while listening on the train. The unabridged version felt about 5 hours too long, though. I'm not sure how long the abridged version is, but probably better. Still, overall, a good listen that I would recommend.
I was looking for something silly to have on the side while I ran errands or did some cleaning up and instead I got a really entertaining book with wonderful narration.
The performance is fantastic for every character and doesn't falter. The book itself is funny and it holds that crudeness and charm of if you were sitting in a coffee shop or on the couch listening to someone tell you events of their lives.
Overall, very entertaining!
Kudos to David Wong for managing to blend a fun sci-fi horror romp with constant inversions of the reader's expectations towards its characters that makes it more than a bawdy fluff piece. Entertaining and thought provoking, it moves at a sufficiently brisk pace that makes it easy to overlook some structural meandering in the plotting.
Nick Podehl also gets props for his performance, particularly in his attention to character nuances in enunciation called out in the text.