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Stranger Than Fanfiction

Narrated by: Chris Colfer
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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From number-one New York Times best-selling author Chris Colfer comes a funny, heartbreaking, unforgettable novel about friendship and fame.

Cash Carter is the young, world-famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime - but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he's been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.

In this touching novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Chris Colfer takes us on a journey full of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.

©2017 Chris Colfer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Fun reading for fangirls

Really enjoyed the story. Narration was perfect.
Want to know what happens next for Downers

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Love it love u Chris

I have been a fan for ever and when u started writing books I started to like reading and listening to them thank u

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Certainly fascinating, and cute, if not cliche

It's kind of cliche YA fiction, kinda twee, the use of epithets is a little amateur, sure, and the plot is formulaic to the point that it stretches the suspension of disbelief. And yet... there's so much heart behind it the technical glitches of a new writer are easy to overlook.
As a big consumer of stories about fans and fan culture, it's incredible to see a fictional account by somebody on the other side - the adored, instead of the ones doing the adoring. It kind of comes down to Colfer and what we know about him, either through cultural osmosis or as fans of Glee (in my case, full disclosure, I was a fan in early high school, but never particularly devoted), and I believe in the sentiment behind most of the tough conversations in the book. Emotionally, it's all there, and it's pretty well representative of what fandom means to us, but also, I hope, what fans mean to actors - not pulling punches on the disrespect sometimes given, but not ignoring the heart and love involved. I could speculate more on Colfer's relation between his life and the events of the novel, sure, but it's pointless to the story and would probably border on that sort of disrespect.
While it's not the primary focus, the story's main cast includes gay, trans, and PoC characters, and I would just mention (again, because by the nature of the story, one is forced to think about Glee) that they're all pretty respectfully represented. Nothing much to fear of that old mid to late-2000s TV's 'progressive, but only, like, compared to the literally nothing we've had before'. Just to allay concerns I would have had going into it, as a now young adult gay who grew up with Colfer's Glee character.
Beyond how intriguing those parts of it is, it's a pretty standard, but pleasant YA road trip story, and if you like those, you'll probably like this. And if you're in a fandom, that too. Or if you just like stories about the power of stories, and role models and heroes, or that rough almost-adult coming of age summer between high school and whatever comes next. There's a little of all of it and though it's technically imperfect, the characters and sentiments are really strong.
Colfer's narration performance is strong, the dialogue is well acted, and the recording quality is pretty top notch.
Recommended at like a 4.5/5 for fans and big YA readers. Maybe like a or 3/5 for everybody else.

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Awesome book

The overall story was touching and takes a turn which is great the rest of the book is exicuted pretty well.

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So disappointed !

I was so disappointed with this book! 27 minutes into it they dropped the F-bomb and had drug use. My daughter and I I loved listening to The Land of Stories and thought this was going to be comparable it wasn't. This book is not suitable for kids! Totally wasted a credit on this.

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Similes Galore!

If you like similes, this book is for you. Everyone and everything does something like something else. Weird ones, too. Hmm what’s noisy?I know! A toddler with a hotel bell? Sure, why not. Happens all the time.

The story was fine, entirely predictable and somewhat juvenile, but I hung in until the end so I was invested enough for that.

The similes got to me, though, and I hate to say this but Chris’s voice and his consistently saying “ek-scape” made it a less than ideal listening experience.

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I did have a problem with the pronoun confusion. There was A LOT of POV switching, so using male pronouns for Sam throughout didn’t work when the POV was that of someone not in the know. Especially Topher. That was not well thought out.

Overall the story was very much like the fanfiction it semi-mocked, but I’m sure Chris Colfer fans won’t mind a bit.

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Ugly crying

The ending of this book made me ugly cry on a flight three hour flight. I’m pretty sure the person next to me thought i was insane. Such a wonderfully coming of age story. You really feel for the characters and become attached to their struggle. If i had any dislikes in the book I’d say some of the dialogue seemed a little juvenile. But that can be understood since the characters are all young! Ten outta ten would recommend this book!

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Awesome

the book was great definitely a YA book but overall amazing and I loved it!!

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AMAZING

It was brilliant. I haven't listened tomany audio books but this was by far my favorite one and will listen again no doubt.

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Amazing

Amazing book that everyone can relate too and never gets boring no matter how many times I listen