The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the number-one New York Times best seller Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality and creators of the internet’s most-watched daily show, Good Mythical Morning, a thrilling and darkly funny novel about two best friends fighting the sinister forces at the heart of their Southern town.

It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow - a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade.

At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told - that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry - and their best friend, Alicia Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment - Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents.

Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Alicia's life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations - one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.

This Audible book includes an exclusive interview with Rhett and Link, conducted by Stevie Levine, host of the Good Mythical Morning recap show, Let's Talk About That. In this conversation, Rhett and Link dive into their childhoods in Buies Creek and how they influenced their lives and writing.

About the authors:

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, raised in North Carolina and best friends since the first grade, are an LA-based comedy duo known for hosting the most-watched daily talk show on the internet, Good Mythical Morning, their narrative series Rhett & Link's Buddy System, the award-winning weekly podcast Ear Biscuits, and their instant number-one New York Times best seller, Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality. Their YouTube channels have a combined subscriber base of over 24 million people with seven billion total views. They have been featured on and in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The Conan O'Brien Show, Variety, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

©2019 Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Editor's Pick

A smart mystery wrapped in humor
"There are some pros and cons to being the comedy editor here at Audible. One con is the "UNSUBSCRIBE" emails I get from coworkers whenever I joke about being old in my newsletters. (Looking at you, Catherine). One pro is that I get to do cool things like fly out to LA to meet and interview "Intertainers" like Rhett & Link about their debut novel. The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek really has it all. It’s funny, mysterious, smart, and filled with 90s references—which is perfect for me because I’m SO OLD. Plus Audible favorite Vikas Adam narrates it, which means that not one second of this listen will be dull. If you don’t know who Rhett & Link are now, well, this is a good introduction. And if you do know their work, expect the unexpected."
Aaron S., Audible Editor

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The book the Mythical Beasts would have written...

At first when I noticed Rhett & Link were not the narrators of this book I was a bit disappointed. There choice in Vikas was the right one. He really did deliver the characters the way they needed to be. If you have been a Mythical Beast for a long time or this is your 1st introduction to Rhett & Link you will enjoy this book. There is a fantastic story inserted with fun facts about Rhett and Link and a lot of 90's references...very funny 90's references. If you are in the 40+ age group it will really make you laugh....scooter leg, NKOTB, bike pegs and multiple pagers taking us back to a time before AOL, internet and cell phones. Thank you for creating a place where we can grow with these characters...I hope this story will get to move forward very very soon.

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Does it hold up beyond the R&L fandom?

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is the first novel by Youtube stars Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. I have been a fan of Rhett and Link for several years now, watching GMM, listening to Ear Biscuits and reading their first book, which was not a novel. R&L promoted this book a lot on all of their mediums and more, so as a long time fan of this duo I was excited and curious to see what they would do with a totally fictional novel. To me, it seemed like I was being exposed to a lot of promotion for this book but I also understood that they needed to talk about it as much as possible in hopes of breaking the news to those outside of the R&L. sphere, subjecting themselves to awkward morning and nighttime television talk shows to promote their novel.

Getting into this audio book, I really didn't know what to expect besides the fact that it featured characters that were essentially Rhett and Link (Rex and Leif), that Bleak Creek was based on their own hometown, and that it was going to be a sort of "Hardy Boys" mystery. The book featured a lot of "fan service" as I would call it - references to little personal traits and stories that Rhett and Link fans would know and love. It also contains a fair amount of 90's references, which at the beginning serve as a fun way to establish the setting, but at times were intrusive and would be un-relatable to younger readers. Because I wasn't sure what I was getting into, I found the pacing of the story to be kind of jarring sometimes. I think I felt comforted by the fun Rhett & Link references in the Rex & Leif characters, but then felt kind of blindsided when the novel took a particularly dark and magical turn a little more than halfway through the book. The underlying story of the Creek was somewhat interesting, a little cliche but most horror seems to be. Some parts were very gripping and others (a lot of Jeanine's personal backstory, for example) were kind of boring. The pacing of the story seemed to be out of balance overall.

I knew that I was going to be listening to this book so I was interested to see that Rhett and Link chose to have someone else narrate it. It made sense I guess, it is a novel and not a memoir like their last book, so having someone else read it seems appropriate. I have some mixed feelings about the performance, but overall I didn't like it. The general narration tone is incredible dry and boring, and easy to phase out and ignore. I know a lot of audiobooks sound like this, but come on. This monotonous narration was juxtaposed by some colorful character impressions, some of which I liked quite a bit (Whitewood, Rex) and I think they saved the performance. However, there were times when Gam-Gam or Ruby were talking and I could BARELY get through listening to it. Gam-Gam had a lot of dialogue early on and it was incredibly irritating to listen to.

Overall, this is a a fun and twisted first novel by Rhett and Link but it has a few shortcomings. I know that a lot of their fans are going to love this book, but I am curious to see how it is perceived by people who don't know anything about the duo.

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Exceeds expectations

I used to be an avid reader but after a string of lackluster books I had slowed almost to a crawl. While I've been a fan of Good Mythical Morning for years as well as The Book of Mythicality, I didn't know what to expect in a novel. Well this novel blew my socks off. I am super impressed by the talent and story telling that went into it. I genuinely looked forward to continuing the novel after work and listened to it twice back to back. The only negative thing I can say is it ended. I would like to continue hearing about their lives. Start working on the sequel!!!

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Sequel please!

A fun ride! Sometimes cliche, sometimes predictable, but always a fun adventure. Definitely a worthy step into the new realm of creative endeavors for Rhett & Link! This story leaves so much more to unfold and I hope there will be future novels to come to unravel the mysteries ahead.

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So good!

So I will admit that I have been a long time fan of Rhett and Link.
that being said, I was so thuroughly impressed with this book. I was reeled into the world of this story right from the start, and by the end I was almost tearing up. Don't put that lightly, I rarely get emotional from media, especially books. but goodness, it was just such a good story, with very 3 dimensional characters. 5 stars isn't enough! I hope this isn't the last fiction book from you 2

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a good fun story with a bit of darkness

a good fun story with a bit of darkness which helps to keep the story a bit more believable even though it's fiction.

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Fun and Original

Didn't know what to expect going into it. Very surprising twists to what could have been a typical "small town secret" story. Kept me listening even though a few of the narrator's character voice choices got annoying. Worth the listen.

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Thrilling!

I had heard so much leading up to this novel that I just had to get it. The novel stands well on its own, but is even better if you are a fan of Rhett and Link.

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amazing book

I loved listening to this book the reader did an amazing job bringing this book to life I absolutely loved the story the twist and turns the suspense the story line was awesome and I loved watching the characters build the way they did and grow

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Amazing novel

This is one of the best novels I've ever read with a nice twist b.y.m.b

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  • Finn Burton
  • 01-17-20

It was okay

it was an okay story but not as good as they promoted it to be

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  • Sam
  • 11-04-19

I love Rhett and Link

I have been watching Rhett and Link on YouTube for a while and I really enjoy their humour. This book stands on it's own as an excellent story and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-19-20

A captivating story which was performed amazingly

This book was a wonderful surprise. I'm a fan of Rhett and link and "read" this more out of curiosity than anything. It was interesting and kept my attention throughout. The reading by Vikas Adam's was remarkable and I will be searching for more books read by him.

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  • Mary Murphy
  • 05-13-20

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

i dont usualy listen to this kind of book, but as i watch Good Mythical Morning every day i thought i would give it a go. I realy enjoyed this book, it made me smile, laugh and cry. well done Rhett and Link, you did your Mythical Best

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  • Lauren Higginson
  • 03-05-20

Amazing

Really good book - I can struggle with novels because my attention gets lost, but it wasn’t tedious to listen to and I didn’t zone out, without being dumbed down. I have big time ADHD so props to you for keeping my attention! The narrator was fun and interesting to hear, and the humour (and smarts) from GMM comes through in every scene. I love Rhett and Link but I didn’t know what to expect from a novel by them. I’m glad to say I was pleasantly surprised and this is the best fiction book I’ve read (listened to) in a long time.

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  • luke wilkes
  • 02-07-20

brilliant

what an amazing story. didn't see anything happen never expected any of the twists and turns.

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  • Torbjørn Aga Gjøen
  • 01-30-20

Dig deep into the mind of the Mythical Masters!

What a wonderful story written by the Mythical Masters them selves! I'm not a typical novel person, but I love this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-20

Fantastic book!

Really takes you on a journey 😃 loved every second of it ❤️ highly recommended!

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  • Kirstie Daws
  • 01-27-20

best book ever!

this was gripping, begging to end. I absolutely loved the story and cant wait to hear the next one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-20

A must read book.

I loved every minute of this book, with It's twists and turns. This is a book I couldn't put down, I had a need to know what happens next. Hoping for a sequel.
Vikas Adams gave the characters life and personality.

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  • Bree Harper
  • 05-06-20

Absolutely loved it!!!

This book is amazing, the story caught my attention immediately and kept me wanting to listen to the whole thing in one sitting. The narration is great with the different voices, it really feels like the characters are real. I think it’s so good, I’ve listened to it 4 times and it never gets boring!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-20

More dark than expected (in a good way)

Loved the book! - only criticism is the narrator had a weird and creepy voice...

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  • Bateyk
  • 02-20-20

Super creepy and fun

I really liked this story- great characters and unexpected stuff! Definitely hope to hear more from the ‘triumvirate’s untold adventures’ but you have to find a way to keep Ben and further develop hornhat!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-20

Great book

Not being someone from The USA or religious in anyway the beginning was a little bit cringe to start with but absolutely worth listening to it all the way through.

Thanks Rhett & Link for even more entertainment
Love ya work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-20

phenomenal

it was a really great story full of twists and turns, I would highly recommend it

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  • rejnh
  • 01-31-20

Surprisingly good

I was surprised how good this story was. I'm a fan of Rhett and Link's YouTube content but I wasn't sure if this would translate into being good authors, but the story was engaging and the characters interesting. The pacing was good and kept me listening.

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  • Emily Hitzke
  • 12-28-19

Entertaining and intriguing

After a slightly lengthy setup, I became immersed in this nostalgic take that became surprisingly dark. I truly want expecting the direction they took it in. I'd love to see a sequel made. 😊

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  • Peter Hawkins
  • 12-17-19

A generous 3 star as i enjoy good mythical morning

a slow start the whole thing is a pastiche of Stephen King themes with strong echos of IT and stand by me but missing the continuity and craft. The narration is a bit flat. there are moments in the book that carry you along but not sustainable. reads a bit like a young readers. clearly the ending is left shamelessly open to further exploitation but more a case of flapping in the wind than a promise of something better. i wiuld not buy a sequel on the basis of reading this book.

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  • Carly
  • 12-03-19

For GMM fans and non fans alike

I listened to this book on a road trip with my mum (who is in her 60s) who has no idea who Rhett and link are, and we both loved it. She instantly got the Stephen king influence and the 90s references without me pointing them out and we often laughed and gasped together through out the book.
I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that I think the book is more a young adult book than just for adults.
Overall I would definitely recommend it for anyone aged 14/15+

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-19

the ending had me hooked.

I need a whole series please.

thanks for the effort y'all put in it was awesome.