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John Dies at the End | [David Wong]

John Dies at the End

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 David Wong and Permuted Press. All rights reserved. (P)2011 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Natalie N Miami, FL, United States 01-31-13
    Natalie N Miami, FL, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So very, very disappointed."
    Would you try another book from David Wong and/or Stephen R. Thorne?

    Let me start by saying that this book is impeccably written, it truly could have been an amazing novel... but the ending was pretty terrible. I understand that it was originally written as a serial which may be why it falls off the way it does. I just can't understand why the author would leave so many questions unanswered? I was literally haunted by the graphic/realistic imagery, the protagonist was just the kind of bitter investigator a reader can really get behind, but the book just apprubtly ends. I can scarcely explain my surprise and (really) horror when the audible credits began. WTF?REALLY, if there are any readers/listeners who felt differently, please let me know. Maybe I just need some further explainantion? Also, what's up with the title?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    He could have given the ending just the slightest bit of closure and changed the title.


    What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He had a way of keeping me glued to my ear-buds. Even when the story got slow, I felt very much entrenched in what was going on.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey 01-03-13
    Stacey 01-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Need to read a second time."

    This book had me on the edge of my seat in horror and laughing the entire book. I was sad when John described his story. It was so fast-paced that I must listen to it again. The dialogue between the two heroes was hilarious. Of course the descriptions David has of John had me bowled over in laughter. Of course I don't see how the blurb fits the book. The narrator isn't really talking to us at all. But the story is so wonderful in its oddities and the narrator is so good that I could not help but want to listen. This was a great read and worth the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    james South Pasadena, CA 01-21-15
    james South Pasadena, CA 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nicely done."

    Strap yourself in. Great story, great narrative great characters. Look forward to more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Watson 01-20-15
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    "Great book"

    One of my favorite stories, deep and childish, thoughtful and ridiculous, a paradox of horror/comedy that blends so well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 01-07-15
    Shane 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."

    This is a great book. Well written. Narrator isn't hard to listen to. Well anunciated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emilia 12-25-14
    Emilia 12-25-14
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    "Unlike any other book I've ever read"
    Would you listen to John Dies at the End again? Why?

    I've read this book about 10 times now, I'm downloading the audiobook, so I can share it with others. I plan on listening to it many times


    What other book might you compare John Dies at the End to and why?

    Only anything written by David Wong. No other book is comparable to this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's a hard one. Probably when all the dismembered body parts were making their way to the pile of other dismembered body parts and started fusing themselves together creating what was described as "Satan's lego kit". That or the Chapter "Shit Narnia"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part when you finally find out what's in the shed...


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to everyone. It is unlike anything you'll ever read. It's such a fantastical story but it feels so damn real. It'll make you believe those things you see out of the corner of your eye are real, very, very real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Hamel York, Maine USA 11-07-14
    David A. Hamel York, Maine USA 11-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Kafkaesque!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Wong? Why or why not?

    No


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    Clearly spoken with nicely interpreted characters.


    Was John Dies at the End worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A Kafka-esque story of hallucinatory horror with some Lovecraft lineage as well. I might have liked this novel when I was a teenager, but at 54 I find the story somewhat immature and difficult to identify with. Should be entertaining to the younger, stoner crowd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan VanBlaricom 10-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "the movie left a lot out"
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Dies at the End to be better than the print version?

    maybe the movie ended early so they could make a sequel? I don't know. This book is great!


    If you could rename John Dies at the End, what would you call it?

    At the end John dies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 10-13-14
    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2011

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "Read it every 6 months or so"

    This is hands-down my favorite audio book ever. EVER. It is scary and funny (I had to pause it a few times just so I could finish laughing at a joke), and Stephen Thorne is the _perfect_ narrator for this, his performance was flawless. When you start reading, the story seems all over the place, and even when you finish it the first time it seems like someone just threw a dozen books at you at once, but the more you think about it the more everything makes sense. Then, when you go back and read/listen again, you realize that as insane as this book is, it's actually a whole and real story that obeys its own rules.

    I've listened to this book more than any other audio book, and if I could rate it any higher I would.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 10-12-14
    Kevin 10-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "You can't be serious"
    What disappointed you about John Dies at the End?

    I tried to listen to this book for over an hour and a half and even though I got book at a discount, it was a complete waste of money. I'm sure if you are so stoned out of your mind and have nothing else to do you may think this book is funny. I won't be buying any sequals to this. No story line, jumps all over the place, can't guess at who is involved at anytime and the main characters are idiots.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Wong again?

    Never


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen R. Thorne’s performances?

    Yes, its not his fault the writer is an idiot.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, I thought it was going to be funny, instead it was moronic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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