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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling coauthor of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale comes a fast-paced thriller about a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed to be dead, performed by the voice of the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, Jasika Nicole, with an exclusive essay written and read by Joseph Fink.

"This isn’t a story. It's a road trip."

Keisha Taylor lived a quiet life with her wife, Alice, until the day that Alice disappeared. After months of searching, presuming she was dead, Keisha held a funeral, mourned, and gradually tried to get on with her life. But that was before Keisha started to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America. Alice isn't dead, and she is showing up at every major tragedy and accident in the country.

Following a line of clues, Keisha takes a job as a long-haul truck driver and begins searching for Alice. In pursuit of her missing wife, she will stumble on a forgotten American history of secret deals and buried crimes, an inhuman serial killer who has picked her as his next target, and an otherworldly conflict being waged in the quiet corners of our nation’s highway system - uncovering a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

©2018 Joseph Fink (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great story, but conditionally recommended.

The book is a more condensed, streamlined version of the podcast's series-plot. Despite being "a different take" on said plot, and giving some very nice looks into characters other than the main character's heads, it still moves through the stations of the canon in the same way. That was a little disappointing as someone who's listened to the podcast. I was hoping for some new angle somewhere. However, if you've never experienced Alice Isn't Dead before, it's an excellent story and I would recommend giving the book version a read over the podcast if you want to get to the heart of it sooner.

I also had a very slight issue with the performance, in that I thought it needed more pauses between sections. I had trouble sometimes getting that a change in scene had happened because there was no break between the two scenes. It was like the audio version of not putting line breaks between paragraphs.

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Not as good as the podcast

If you want the full story you're better off listening to the podcast. The book is more of an extra and a great way to support the creator.

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Loved the podcast, book’s motif is a bit off

Well, I enjoyed the story. I loved the podcast, but, like many of my favorites (X-Files, Lost), it seems like the need for a conclusion forced a few plot points, and some of it seemed contrived. Overall the motif is what I miss most in the translation. The fact that Keisha narrates the story over an empty frequency was such a big part of what made this effective is practically missing in the book. I’m glad it was made, I liked it, but air didn’t need a “complete reimagining” if it loses some of what made the first season so good.

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A beautiful reimagining.

I loved every minute of the original podcast this book was born from, so when they announced the audio book, before it even ended, I preordered this book. Then I devoured it in three days. Visceral and deep. I loved Jasika's reading and the new vision for the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

I loved the podcast, and I love the book, in both similar and different ways. Alice Isn’t Dead is a truly unique and gripping story, with action and adventure, as well as romance and anxiety. Joseph Fink is an amazing writer, and I cannot wait to see what more he has in store for all of us.
Jasika Nicole is also a terrific narrator. She did a great job on both the podcast and the book, and I continue to love her as Dana Cardinal in Welcome to Night Vale. I really hope to continue to hear her voice.

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Not dramatized.

I think the important thing to know about the audio book is that it isn’t the same sort of dramatic performance as the podcast.
This isn’t the frantic first person narrative experience, it’s a narrated novel of that story.

I’m really just writing this because it was a little weird hearing the same voice calmly narrate events that podcast described in a panic. The Nightvale books didn’t have this problem as much, but I think that might be because the Nightvale podcast tone was closer to “calm radio announcer”.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The podcast is a better audio experience

This is the same overall story as told in the podcast. In my opinion, as an audio experience, the podcast is superior to the audiobook. As a novelization, it is very well done and I highly recommend picking it up in a readable format.

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Just as good, if not better than the podcast!

This story is both written and performed incredibly! The characters feel so grounded in reality while facing such a terrifying world! Thank you for this awesome experience!

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Better as a novel than as a podcast

Most people who listen to this audio book are probably familiar with the podcast (you don't have to be, I don't think it added or subtracted from my enjoyment of the novel). This is told mostly from a 3rd person perspective that would have obviously been impossible in the 1st person narrative of the podcast.

I found the ending to be far more satisfying in this novel than in the podcast which felt almost a little rushed to me. The characters feel more fleshed out.

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Amazing!

Big fan of the podcast and I the book was just as amazing or better..