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Publisher's Summary

It's the story "They" don't want you to listen to. Though, to be fair, "They" are probably right about this one. To quote the Bible, "Learning the truth can be like loosening a necktie, only to realize it was the only thing keeping your head attached". No, don't put the book back on the shelf - it is now your duty to purchase it to prevent others from listening to it. Yes, it works with audiobooks, too, I don't have time to explain how.

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

Your first impulse will be to think that a story this gruesome - and, to be frank, stupid - cannot possibly be true. That is precisely the reaction "They" are hoping for.

©2017 David Wong (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Please fix the audio

Great book and great narration, but the audio quality is sub par. I hear shades of Stephen Thorne trying to come through, but the audio quality is holding his performance back. Please do right by the author and narrator and have it fixed.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Audio sounds like it was produced in a tunnel

Just starting to listen to the book so the story can't be reviewed, but the audio quality is terrible. Words with "s" sound clipped, the overall sound is tinny, and it sounds like it was recorded in a tunnel.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • ANTLink19
  • West Des Moines, IA, United States
  • 10-03-17

The audio..

I'm sure this book is good, I'm sure it's great.

but the audio quality is horrible. it's very hard to listen to. like they used a tin can to record the vocals. going to delete and redownload, I hope this fixes it.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Wong/Pargin does it again.

I cannot stress how much I love this entire series of books. When it comes to horror/sci-fi/comedy, the list of books is severely lacking. That's where David Wong comes in. The original John Dies at the End novel is my go to book when I need something to read that puts me at ease. I've read it numerous times. What the Hell Did I Just Read? Is another one to add to that list. Wongs humor is up there with the greats. Other people may argue that it's the equivalent of a raunchy teen comedy. But I see no difference between this book and all of David Sedaris' novels. It's meant to create excitement and wonder and most of all LAUGHS. David Wong is our generations Kurt Vonnegut. The way the story weaves in and out it's very hard for a reader to say "Oh I saw that coming". I encourage everyone to read this book and the rest of the series, you won't be disappointed. Or maybe you will I don't know, I'm just a guy on the internet. READ IT.

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  • Justin
  • NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States
  • 10-30-17

Ridiculously funny

It’s just delightfully funny. Read the first two. Excellent audiobook. Never a dull moment. I was skeptical but after a pitch by my friend I was hooked and the movie is great too.

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The best so far?

If you're not familiar with the series go check out "John Dies at the End". If you are familiar with the series and want to know what to expect from the third installment, the answer is: more of the same... in the best way.

Cosmic Horror is a good subtitle. This one goes a bit more Lovecraft than the previous books. Much like This Book is Full of Spiders, the story is more put together than John Dies at the End. This one is also a bit (only just a bit, I promise) more serious than the other two, and presents some interesting ethical arguments.

Altogether, this could be the best John book so far.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 11-14-17

Funny and weird

Great, great, great story. Funny one liners littered throughout the book. Narration is perfect! Really good author, please write more books!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious and Twisted

It was hard to stop listening to this one. Every other sentence seems like it adds yet another layer of comic mischief to the story, and it blends in thought-provoking thought experiments nicely!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Still good, more disorganized than the other two

This one feels less tightly wrapped than the ones before, but it still has an engaging story and some really good ideas. Also, the characters feel familiar but changed by their experiences, which is a good thing. Often characters in sequels become tiresome self-parodies, but that hasn't happened here. That said, I could have done without the split narrative, especially John's version, which is often embellished to a wearisome degree. Overall, a good sequel - I hope that the author will find inspiration to write more about these three.

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Narrator does nothing for the book

I love David Wong books but this narrator is really bad for his type of writing. He reads as if he is just trying to get through the book and at times forgets punctuation. He also doesn't give enough emotion to what he's reading which for comedic horror is death to the text.

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  • DeanP
  • 11-22-17

Hilarious, intelligent, irreverent horror comedy

Would you listen to What the Hell Did I Just Read again? Why?

Yes - it was well written, performed and great mix of original thought, tension and humour.

What other book might you compare What the Hell Did I Just Read to, and why?

First book of this genre I've listened to; I'm hoping first in series will also be made into an audible version.

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Any additional comments?

A little 'grown up' in style of humour so not for young ears - but a really entertaining novel.

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  • Ruddy good student
  • 11-15-17

Better not be the last in the Dave & John saga!

When David Wong (AKA Jason Pargin) released 'Fancy Suits' I, of course read it, as a dedicated Wongian (a term I hope gains traction) and was a little disappointed that the author seemed to be departing from my beloved John, David and Amy! So, you can imagine my delight when 'What The Hell Did I Just Read' dropped and it certainly does not disappoint!

I have always enjoyed and been fascinated by Wong's ability to force his audience to imagine creatures, worlds and powers that should defy all imagination, yet are visualised in such a vivid realism that it is uncanny! There is one scene in 'What The Hell Did I Just Read' that stands out in particular, all about breakfast, that still stays with me now and I am sure that it will stay with you, long after you haver read it.

A few reviews mention that the book is perhaps too dark and depressing in places, but for me these sections gelled with the rest of the narrative and did not awkwardly stand out.

While this is the third book in the series, it is not entirely necessary to have read the first two books, so you can dive right in to this one, if you would like to, but I would definitely recommend reading all three 'Dave and John' books, two of which can be found here on Audible.

If you enjoyed 'Rick and Morty' and you have not read a David Wong novel, the two have a lot of stylistic things in common, so you should definitely consider trying a David Wong book if you liked this animated series!

The only thing that holds this audiobook performance back from full marks is the narrator. Unfortunately, a lot of the voices do sound similar and it can be a little confusing at times, but I would not let that stop you from enjoying an otherwise very funny, clever and entertaining story!

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  • Walter
  • 10-05-17

hahahahahahaha

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha This shit yawe darn was funny

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  • Kylie
  • 10-08-17

Much anticipated and not disappointed.

I loved this book as i have loved the others. I suggest reading them all.