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Limetown

The Prequel to the #1 Podcast
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (228 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the creators of the number one podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over 300 people have disappeared - including her uncle - with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

On a seemingly ordinary day, 17-year-old Lia Haddock hears news that will change her life forever: 300 men, women, and children living at a research facility in Limetown, Tennessee, have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is Emile Haddock, Lia’s uncle. 

What happened to the people of Limetown? It’s all anyone can talk about. Except Lia’s parents, who refuse to discuss what might have happened there. They refuse, even, to discuss anything to do with Emile.

As a student journalist, Lia begins an investigation that will take her far from her home, discovering clues about Emile’s past that lead to a shocking secret - one with unimaginable implications not only for the people of Limetown, but for Lia and her family. The only problem is...she’s not the only one looking for answers. 

Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie are first-rate storytellers in every medium. Critics called their podcast Limetown “creepy and otherworldly” (The New York Times) and “endlessly fun” (Vox), and their novel goes back to where it all began. Working with Cote Smith, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize finalist, they’ve crafted an exhilarating mystery that asks big questions about what we owe to our families and what we owe to ourselves, about loss, discovery, and growth. Threaded throughout is Emile’s story - told here for the first time ever. 

©2018 Cote Smith, Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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I guess I just Expected More...

there was a lot of anticipation for this. and it wasn't bad. but it wasn't great either. they could have done a lot more. I enjoyed the mix of past and present perspectives. maybe I was disappointed because it is just such a base... ordinary story, more something I would expect from a young adult writer. I expected almost every revelation. And I didn't really understand the end. every part of the story seemed unnecessarily convoluted.
I guess the end take-away: underwhelming.

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Not for everyone

This book broadens the world of the podcast. It gives you the backstory of Leah and Emile. Considering that the creators are film students, I think they did pretty well as this is not their primary medium. However, it does take some time for the story to get going and neither character is very likeable. I'm actually surprised how cold they ended up making Leah. Overall, if you got hooked by the podcast and you want to know more about this world, go for it. If you haven't listened to it and you have no interest in podcasts/TV show when it comes out, I'd say skip it.

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Nope

Not very well written, a combination of two readers, one of which is pretty good, the other - not really. but the main problem with this book is that it contradicts the podcast, or at least causes it to make no sense. If you like Limetown, you should probably skip this one.

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pointless

I love the pocast, but book was just needless. Even the narrators sounded bored. the writers use an odd narrative device often where they kind of foreshadow (but not really) what happens next instead of telling you. there's really no reason to read the book if you enjoy the podcast.

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Average Prequel but a Jumbled Mess

The story acts as a prequel to the podcast (clearly) and jumps between two perspectives: Emile (the man from the end of the podcast) and Lia as a young adult. The story, for the most part, is terribly boring when in Lia's point of view. Emile, on the other hand, has some unique moments in regards to the revelations of his adolescent misadventures, but overall it just does more to create the jumbled mess that is this book. The story drags on, plot moments take forever to unravel, and the revelations of certain character motivations are just not as exciting as the actual podcast. Also, the ending does NOT make any sense when you take into consideration where the story takes place in the podcast. If you are a hardcore fan, sure, listen to it, but otherwise you really do not need to read this to get the big picture.
Audible version does not have the same quality as the podcast in case you are wondering as well.
Overall, AVERAGE at best.

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Walk away - no - RUN AWAY!!!

The story began with two compelling protagonists. Their separate storylines more and more obviously converging as the chapters unfolded. Unfortunately, by the end of the “story”, both protagonists evolved into such unlikeable, self-centered, angsty caricatures that I was praying for this torture to, mercifully, terminate. The story of a mysterious human research facility never came together. Lives destroyed all around by ridiculously young smart-asses for no apparent or ever truly revealed purpose. A cheery holiday read, eh? Do yourself a favor. Read ANYTHING else. This was among the worst dreck I’ve ever endured on audible. A lot of people thought this was good. I am truly baffled as to why. If you choose to ignore this and go with the prevailing 4.5 star rating, remember I warned you...

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Not worth it.

The performances were good but the story was lackluster. The first season was a wonderful start to the story and this book was disappointing.

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Fantastic prequel to the Limetown podcast!

I highly recommend you listen to Limetown podcast season one first. Then listen to this audiobook.

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For the TV show and not for the podcast.

I did not finish this one it was so boring in the Slog to get through I love the podcast even after it’s almost 4 year hiatus but this book just contradicts so much from the first season.
What convinces me this isn’t for the bulk of this is for the upcoming TV show on Facebook because there’s too much here that does not make sense avoid it if you’re a fan of the podcast

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kinda boring

This story was kinda boring and they trampled over some of the podcast cannon :(