When You Finish Saving the World

Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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"It's not work when you love the person, right?"
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About the Creator and Performer

Jesse Eisenberg is an Academy Award-nominated actor and an acclaimed playwright and author. Eisenberg’s film credits include Roger Dodger, The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, Zombieland, The Social Network, Now You See Me, The Double, Night Moves, The End of Tour, American Ultra, Louder Than Bombs, Batman v. Superman, Now You See Me 2, Café Society, Justice League, The Hummingbird Project, The Art of Self Defense, Zombieland: Double Tap, Resistance, and Vivarium.
Eisenberg has written four plays, including The Spoils, which recently completed a box office record-breaking West End run. He also wrote and starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in his play The Revisionist, and in 2011, he wrote and starred in the play Asuncion. His play, Happy Talk, starring Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland opened last April at the Signature Theater in New York. Born in New York, Eisenberg is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, the author of the collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups from Grove Press and the forthcoming Audible Original When You Finish Saving the World.

About the Performer

Kaitlyn Dever is best known for her dynamic roles in the popular movies and television series such as Booksmart, Bad Teacher, Last Man Standing, Justified, and Unbelievable. Dever’s standout performance in Unbelievable has earned her nominations for the Lead Actress in a Limited Series categories for both the Golden Globe Awards and Critic’s Choice Awards, and a Television Critics Association Award nomination in the Individual Achievement in Drama category. Additionally, she was recognized by the Hollywood Critics Association as the 2020 Breakthrough Artist Under the Age of 23, and was named an EE BAFTA Rising Star nominee for her performance in Booksmart. Dever voices one of the three leads in the Audible Original, When You Finish Saving the World, alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Finn Wolfhard. Directed by Eisenberg, the audio-only story focuses on three separate, but interlocking monologues told at different times from different perspectives.
Next, Dever will co-star in the half-hour, live-action comedy series, The Wildest Animals In Griffith Park, Hulu’s upcoming anthology series, Monsterland, and HBO’s anticipated satiric special, Coastal Elites. Dever will also begin production on the film adaptation of the six-time Tony-award-winning-play, Dear Evan Hansen and has finished production on the pilot of B.J. Novak’s upcoming anthology series for FX Networks. Dever’s additional theatrical credits include Them That Follow, The Front Runner, Beautiful Boy, Detroit, and Short Term 12. Her previous television credits include CBS’s crime drama The Mentalist, Starz’s comedy Party Down, ABC’s Modern Family and Private Practice, and critically acclaimed HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

About the Performer

Actor Finn Wolfhard is best known for his starring roles in the Netflix original series Stranger Things, as well as the blockbuster horror film IT. He can be seen next starring in the highly anticipated film Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is set for release in March 2021. In addition to acting, Wolfhard has a passion for music and formed a garage-rock band The Aubreys. The band recently released their first EP entitled Soda & Pie.

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Five hours eavesdropping on therapy tapes - blech!

This is the sixth Audible freebie for this month that I’ve listened to and the first selection that did nothing for me. The audio is divided into three parts where dad, son, and mom each record their random thoughts. In what could be present day, dad talks to a therapist and focuses on his struggling marriage and interacting with his baby/ youngster. In the future, son talks to his therapy bot and uses tons of made up future slang words. In the past, shortly after 9-11, mom sends tapes overseas, talking ad nauseum about Subway sandwiches and her psychology class. This was a dull and depressing dive into three unlikable characters.

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Not for me

I just couldn’t do it.. empty story with empty performance, definitely not for me. After hearing the word ‘like’ for the 100th time, I had to turn it off.

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Pretty good

This book was decent. Laced with profanity, but decent. I think I enjoyed Nathan‘s part the best. When Ziggy started talking, I really couldn’t get into his 2032 lingo and when Rachel started talking, there was just too much profanity for my taste. It was interesting hearing from all three characters and seeing how this whole story tied together.

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The performers were all great

I really liked the idea of this story, but I had a problem with the character, Rachel. I enjoyed listening to Jessie’s and Finn’s parts. But one already knew so much about Rachel by the time we got to her, that i thought it could have been a lot less of her. I found the rambling a million miles an hour really annoying, and actually skipped a lot. I loved the 2032 lingo and life details that were concocted - cracked me up. I am over sensitive to Rachel’s style, I guess, because my daughter starts in like that and can go for hours and I can’t escape. So that’s why I took off a star for overall and story. Too much Rachel.

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Profoundly Thoughtful Examination of Relationships in a Family

Jesse Eisenberg has written a very profound and moving audio drama about the Katz family. The performances from Jesse, Finn Wolfhard and Kaitlyn Dever were stellar and really captured the vulnerability and misunderstandings all three characters were experiencing at different points in their lives. Choosing to tell the story in an audio recording felt like an intimate play and it was a creative method to bring the audience closer to these complex characters that were not only funny and relatable but also lonely and frustrated.

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Couldn’t stop listening

I loved everything about this program. The performances and the story were great. The way the story is told from 3 perspectives at different points in time was interesting and the diary format makes the listener feel very intimate with the characters. I listened to the whole thing in less than 2 days and will probably listen to it again soon.

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loved this

The format and pacing were excellent. story was universally real, with all the emotions played out well. acting was what you would expect from these three. listened straight through. strongly recommended.

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Interesting

The individual “recordings” is an interesting concept. The narrators were good actors and added emotions and depth to the script. Unfortunately it ended up being somewhat disjointed, the characters were supposed to be connected but it was hard to find the links between them. I did ff a lot through Ziggy because of the frequency of the word “like”. I was surprised because his was set in the future and his language was clearly from the future, but today’s misuse of “like” didn’t fit with that. Overall it was entertaining and different. Glad it was free, thanks Audible!

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Surprised how good this is?

What an inventive way to tell a story when u can’t be in the same room with your costars. Jesse Eisenberg is clearly quite a talent.

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So Raw and Real and Relative

What a true story that touches the heart and can be applied to so many others' lives. I laughed. I cried. What a wonderful story told by a truly wonderful actor!

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  • Ed D
  • 09-14-20

Middle Section Lets Down A Promising Start

Disclaimer: I'm not actually finished the book (approximately half way through while writing this), but had to earn future readers about the extremely irritating middle third of this book. The book is broken into three sections: from the point of view of a father (Eisenberg), a son (Wolfhard) and (presumably, as I haven't yet reached it) the mother (Dever). Each section is told as a series of 6 audio files to be listened to by a therapist. Eisenberg's first section is really engaging and hints at interesting later revelations as he describes his frustrations at struggling to live up to his role as a new father. However. What follows next is, even being generous, completely unlistenable. Wolfhard plays Eisenberg's whiny, moany teenage son, who complains endlessly about every aspect of his life. To be fair to Wolfhard, he plays the role magnificently. However, I feel like I should be getting paid to listen to his sections as there was very little enjoyment on my end. Getting through these chapters has up to now been such a chore that I may soon give up and advance to the later chapters. Will update this review when finished - hopefully Dever's section redeems some of this book! (Update: it did not. I returned the book.)

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  • D. M. York
  • 09-22-20

Boring and annoying

I came with 45 minutes of the end of this book and just couldn’t bring myself to finish it, I was just finding it too annoying to finish. The concept of the book is split into three parts. The first are the recordings Nathan, a young father, makes to his therapist. The second is Nathan’s now teenage son making recordings to another therapist, lastly there is Rachel making tape recordings to post to her boyfriend. Each section is barely connected to each other, and are rather like a set of stand alone stories told through monologues. It’s an interesting concept. The first section was alright, but the second section of the book was just unforgivably poor. The character of Ziggy was extremely annoying, extremely so. It was horrendous to listen to. After that it killed my desire to listen any further. The voice acting was good, I do think this is a novel attempt at a different concept in a story. Though frankly I just found it all a massive waste of time and actually quite boring. The story doesn’t go anywhere, if there even is a story here which I don’t think there was.

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  • maveric78
  • 09-15-20

But what does it mean?

I really enjoyed this. The performances are of the highest quality, more like a theatre production than a traditional narration. It affected me and I’ll be reflecting on the meaning for a good while I expect. I guess it’s a good advert for counselling... Or maybe a bad one since the characters all find some resolution with little or no ‘feedback’.

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  • Scarlett
  • 09-12-20

Good and light entertaining

I enjoyed the first part very much, not so much the second and third. The story and idea of it is good though and it did entertain me even I thought it wasn’t brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Amazing

I thought this book was amazing and original at least to me as it was my first audiobook and it put a great name on Jesse Eisenberg work as well as audibles. Definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-20

Great listen!

This was so entertaining. Original, touching and funny! Great and captivating performances by the cast.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Great

I’m a massive fan of Finn and Jesse so when this came out I got it straight away! I’ve listened to about 10 minutes so far and it really good. A definite buy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-20

Fantastic!

Jesse has outdone himself, the structure that he came up with for this audiobook is so refreshing and original. The perspective of each character was insightful and with each character I was more and more hooked. Kaitlyn, Jesse and Finn all played their roles with commitment and it felt like I was there with them, as if what they were saying was to me. I suppose the almost simplicity of the audiobooks structure gave you so much to then think about, rather than overwhelming you. I really recommend this to people of all ages ( although bear in mind sweating if you’re a little younger haha ). I will definitely be listening again !

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  • 10-07-20

Highly recommend

I finished this a few days ago and haven't stopped thinking about it. The performances are all great and there were moments where it genuinely brought me to tears. Personally, I love a story that slowly unravels and/or connects and I bet with more listens this will reveal to be even more intersting - more connections, more moments. I thought the way the story was told, in three different timelines, was unique and it was interesting to see the different perspectives on these three characters during those separate points. Highly recommend this if you're interested in cycles or families or the passage of time and how it effects people.