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  • Grasshopper Jungle

  • By: Andrew Smith
  • Narrated by: Philip Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.

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  • What just happened?

  • By Julie on 08-04-14

Better Suited for a Movie

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Complex character relationships andcompelling themes make for a satisfying story but it's all overshadowed by a tedious writing style, which, while comically dry and suitable, given the context, is too often repetitive and rambling. Edgar Wright's film adaptation will undoubtedly be better.

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