STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me. The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault.
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This is a difficult book to review, as it had some downright clever and funny parts and some other areas that were either boring or downright stupid. It is for these last two points that I dropped my rating a bit.
To sum up the book, 2 stoner/loser type characters do some alien drugs and end up being able to cross dimensions and talk with ghosts and other unworldly creatures. That really sums up the novel. Throw in weird friends and occurrences that eventually lead to....? Well, I don't really know what it lead to.
Don’t get me wrong, the book was entertaining, but I think the author tried too hard to be funny and weird all at the same time. In the end, he missed the mark. The narrator was quite good and definitively made the story much more enjoyable than it really was.
Would I recommend this? Yes, but only after your “A-list” is depleted.
I know this is supposed to be horror-comedy and I don't know if its the narrator's delivery or what but I'm not finding this book that funny or scary. So far I'm about 1/2 through and wondering why it isn't over yet. I don't care about either of the main character's. There is nothing to really like about either of them. The female characters that seem to come and go are one-dimensional and interchangeable. Apparently the end of the world is nigh and its a big yawn. At this point I'm just listening out of stubbornness. My advice is skip this and go listen to some Sandman Slim books.
David Wong manages to tell a poignant tale about the supernatural and the risks of snorting any kind of mystery substance some random Jamaican guy gives you. John Dies at the End is a ludicrously ridiculous supernatural story that is not only funny but a enjoyable read. By the end of the book you will want to join with John Cheese and David Wong on their next supernatural adventure.
Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.
I don't know about the print version, but compared to the movie it was better and worse in some ways. The movie contains about half the plot line, but it's more dramatic. IF you liked the movie you won't be disappointed
It wasn't John dying at the end.
He brings some tempo and suspence. He narrates from one character's point of view and does that charater's impression of the other people. Nice.
How can you rename the book? Otherwise you won't be expecting John to die at the end.
Weird start. Weird middle. Weird end. I think I enjoyed it. I laughed a lot. It's completely different from what I normally read/ listen to. I'd probably listen to it again... just to see if it really is as weird as I thought the first time around... and to see if I missed any jokes.
Did I mention it is weird? Because it is. And I'm pretty sure that's a good thing. Decide for yourself. It's worth the credit.
No, because it loses the novelty after the first time.
The doorknob turning into a penis before all the meat in the freezer turns into a demon figure.
His conversational narration matched the book's style.
Laugh a lot from pure randomness and silliness.
Becoming invested in John and finding out I am not the only one with weird crap in their head!
Perfect voice and performance for this story.
Can't wait to see the movie and listening to the next installment.
I found the humor repetitive, the characters thin, and the book generally tiresome. Don't bother.
Hell yes I would listen to it again. I actually have. It's one of the few audiobooks that is a permanent part of my iphone audible library and I listen to it at least once a month!
I love the end of the first incident of the book when David, John, and Co fight off the sauce beasts in the Luxor Hotel. John's defense of chair fighting with a Macho Man Randy Savage impression and then his idea of distracting the monsters with Camel Holocaust is one of the funniest parts of the book. "Guys, this is just retarded enough to work." Classic.
I've never listened the any of Stephen Thorne's other performances but I would definitely listen to a book he's read again. His distinct voices for all the different characters as well as the perfect portrayal of David's hilarious yet earnest tone made the entire performance believable. Thorne is the only voice I can now picture as David and am not at all sad about that.
Ok. One. SPOILERS. Kind of. The end of the book when David explains the last incident and what happens to him is especially moving since the reader becomes invested in Dave only for that to happen and shake out whole belief in him. We feel for his struggle to come to terms with the new information and ramifications.
If you like supernatural horror and dark comedy, buy this book. You won't regret it.
"reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.
I have listened to this book a dozen times since I got it and will a dozen more. Honestly the story is out there in the dark immature places of slightly off minds. It is a little gross and raunchy. Beyond all that the story is well written and is a guilty pleasure.
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