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This Book Is Full of Spiders

Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
Auteur(s): David Wong
Narrateur(s): Nick Podehl
Durée: 14 h et 49 min
Catégories: Littérature, Horreur
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 évaluations)

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From David Wong, the writer of the cult sensation John Dies at the End comes another terrifying and hilarious tale of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes.

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR. 

You will dismiss this as ridiculous fear-mongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fear-mongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature stimulates skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That's just as well, since the "cure" involves learning what a chainsaw tastes like. You can't feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings. You won't even feel it when it breeds. And it will breed. 

Just stay calm, and remember that telling you about the spider situation is not the same as having caused it. I'm just the messenger. Even if I did sort of cause it. Either way, I won't hold it against you if you're upset. I know that's just the spider talking.

"Like an episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead" written by Douglas Adams of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." …Imagine a mentally ill narrator describing the zombie apocalypse while drunk, and the end result is unlike any other book of the genre. Seriously, dude, touch it and read it." –Washington Post

"Kevin Smith's Clerks meets H.P. Lovecraft in this exceptional thriller… David Wong (Jason Pargin) is a fantastic author with a supernatural talent for humor. If you want a poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, disturbing, ridiculous, self-aware, socially relevant horror novel than This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It is the one and only book for you." –SF Signal

©2012 David Wong (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Dread, Doom, and Dumb-asses

Weaker than the first book in some ways but a lot stronger in others, this book is a great sequel to the first. Some aspects of the book feel a bit like they changed the rules from the first. Some of the character traits seemed slightly altered without giving us any real reasoning, but what the book does right makes up for it in the end.

Throughout the book there is a countdown to panic and dread, and it is one of my favourite things about the book. You are constantly reminded that things are going to get worse. But instead of getting worse, they get worse than you expected, and you more or less have the same people trying to work through it as the first book. (Imagine the town you're in has one of those nuclear missile strike alarm buzzers go off. That kind of dread and uncertainty, except when the countdown ends you look at your phone and a spider jumps out of it and eats your face)

This book is not as insane as the first, so don't go in expecting that. It is far more "normalized". Instead of fist fights with moustache bats and talking hotdogs you get "what if those same guys were thrown into a zombie apocalypse" and really, it seldom disappoints. If you have read the first one, I highly recommend going through this one as well.


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a brilliant look at the way the world could end.

There's nothing I love more than a unique and twisted new look to an over used and often boring genre as the outbreak or end of the world crap that is spoon fed to readers.
David Wong brings a great time to the way a disaster novel genre depressingly trudges through to an even more depressing (or suicidal) end. This won't leave you with a bad taste in your mouth at all.
This book even had me relisten to the first of the book series to remember why David and John are the way they are but also work over the second book to better understand the importance of what was communicated between David and Dr.Marconi, the therapist Dr. Tennant's role to the end of ( undisclosed) and why gun enthusiasts come in two categories the prepared and the take from the prepared because they failed .... idiots.
Read smoothly by Nick Podehl (clearly the right voice for the job), Davids misadventures into the supernatural is properly brought to life by the silky smooth linguistics of this man.
You don't have to read the first book or see the movie to enjoy this novel. But you don't have to buy the wheels for the new car you're in either so long as you love sitting around going nowhere fast.
Get the first book and love the wild commentary to fall deeper into the world of David and John.

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just get it. unique and very well performed.<br />

my heading says it all. the voice actor is great, not the best but every character sounds unique n you won't be getting lost.

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Seriously, Dude, Do listen to it

Very entertaining, funny, and amazing narration, I could not stop listening to it.
Definitely the best of the trilogy and you don't need to listen to the first book before, they each stand alone well.
Check it out!

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its ok

I mean... it's a zombie book. But I unwittingly listened, relatively interested, till the end.

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So Kool, really great writing

In the first few chapters there where a few things that made me roll my eyes. But very quick it turn into one of the best books iv ever listened to. The wrighter doesn't take short cuts to get to the end. Many times you think how is he gonna end this. But he gets there in a believable way. (well believable for fiction anyway) love the characters. Wow if I could wright books. This is what I'd write

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Funny. Continually comes more interesting.

It made me laugh a lot. It almost made me cry. It had some insights on living a good life and it was very entertaining.

It doesn't take itself very seriously. I wasn't super interested in the beggining, but it got better and better as the book progressed.

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  • Tracey Rains
  • 2013-05-29

If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

My title is really how I feel: If you read the summary or looked at the cover and thought, "I might like this," then go ahead and buy it. You will NOT regret it. Now, it is just as strange as it sounds, but it is also extremely entertaining. I jumped at the opportunity to listen to this book because I enjoyed John Dies at the End (paper, audio, and movie). As always in cases like this, I feared disappointment, but Wong's second book is even stronger than John because it is more tightly plotted. While I would have been hesitant to recommend John to just anyone, this book is more traditional without losing any of the edge or insanity that made John so fun. I was also concerned that the narrator had changed, but Nick Pedehl does an outstanding job, and I really could not choose which narrator I prefer.

If you like crazy fun, comedy, random insanity, or just hate spiders, I highly recommend this book to you.

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  • G. Hernandez
  • 2015-03-23

David Wong in nuts!!

Outstanding horror comedy. David Wong delivers another outstanding novel. I can't wait for his next project to be released. I need one more word to submit this. 6 over, cool.

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  • Kris
  • 2012-10-17

Gory Good Fun

Full of cringe worthy violence, and laugh-out-loud raunch, Book Full of Spiders is a dementedly good listen. I was sad not to hear Stephen Thorne narrate, since he did a wonderful job with the first book, John Dies at the End; but Nick Podehl sounds like he's actually closer in age to the characters. Podehl also did a wonderful job reading The King Killer Chronicles, so I was glad to listen to him take on a new world. Sadly, this book wasn't as good as John Dies at the End, it drags for a while, and the never-ending bizarreness factor that twisted the first book just wasn't up to speed here. Still, it's good to back in the hands of Mr. Wong and the weird encounters he can't stay away from.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-04-26

Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled

This book is better written then David Wong's last novel, John Dies At The End. Which was a fun read. Unlike his last, when the plot ambles, it's more on purpose, concise, cleaner, and he doesn't use periods of gross out horror slapstick to cover weak points in the story. There's still gross out horror, but it's intuitive. I mean, it's a book about sentient spiders. Uggghhuuuhhuuherr Blahhhh, my skin is crawling!

I can't remember the last time I was wide awake at 4 AM glaring at shadows in my room, certain that they would suddenly move. Maybe when I was eight? Or since the last time I watched Army of Darkness?

Don't judge. It was scary. I normally don't like horror, but when you get midway through this book you almost have to keep listening, you have to have the narrator tell you that the spiders are taken care of, and that everything will be okay. It's that well written. This book was like a literary roller coaster, terrifying, with just the right kind of humor and humanity to make it exciting. There are some really good intuitions of the human condition, including Wong's take on the Babel Effect, without getting too preachy. The alternate point of views is really interesting, as you get to see situations from every perspective. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • James
  • 2013-09-12

Characters Aren't the Same as in JDatE

Would you try another book from David Wong and/or Nick Podehl?

I look forward to David Wong's next book.

What other book might you compare This Book Is Full of Spiders to and why?

This book must be compared to the first in the series, John Dies at the End, and while I found the second in the series enjoyable, it lacked several things from that book. The characters seemed to have changed: they are less funny and more scared. The narration, while perfectly fine, also affects the way the characters come off. Stephen Thorne's narration was excellent and is missed. I'm very tempted to read this off the page to see how much of the difference between the two books is the narrator; it must be at least a small part of it. But there is no doubt that these aren't the same David and John we saw the first time around. They are too serious, to scared and too conventional.

What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s performance?

Not Stephen Thorne.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. It might actually be an excellent movie.

Any additional comments?

Despite my 3 star review, I think this is a good listen. If you are coming from John Dies at the End, and loved it as much as I did, nothing I can say will stop you from listening anyway, so dig in, and I hope you like it more than I did.

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  • Ryan
  • 2013-12-24

Stupid/smart Gen-Y horror/satire

If you’re not familiar with David Wong (AKA Jason Pargin), he writes for the stupid-yet-brilliant website Cracked, which deconstructs movie plots, videogames, and commonly-held beliefs with ironic, profanity-laced Gen-Y snark. For better or worse, that’s pretty much what his novels are, too -- a marriage of the Evil Dead trilogy and witty commentary on different subjects.

This Book is Full of Spiders isn't quite as off-the-wall entertaining as its predecessor, but it's still a fun read, and mixes some maturity in with its signature goofball humor.

The plot riffs on standard horror movie tropes, in this case about evil spiders that invade their victims, turning them into flesh-eating monsters. Quickly, the government sets up a quarantine, trapping David on one side while the impulsive dumbass John and David's nerdily sweet, resourceful girlfriend Amy must find their way through the cordon of special agents, paranoid townspeople, and disgusting creatures. There are also appearances by a badass detective, a psychiatrist who’s a bit too rational, the sagely occult expert, Doctor Marconi, and David’s not-too-bright-but-faithful-in-her-own-way dog, Molly.

Wong's treatment of familiar conventions is clever, and raises the question of whether the zombies would really be the worst thing about a zombie outbreak. Perhaps the worst thing, Wong suggests, would actually be an outbreak of human nature, in the form of trigger-happy vigilantes and survivalists, zombie-movie-crazed man-children with hero fantasies, the internet, and good-hearted people trying to save their friends. The “villains” might simply be the people acting rationally. Definitely one of the more self-aware, ironic horror stories ever.

Unfortunately, the book is weaker in other departments. The narrative is often thin and jumpy, as though Wong is writing from a storyboard in his head, but neglecting to show clearly how events got from state A to state B. Readers who have seen their share of B-movies will probably picture where he’s going with it, everyone else will be confused. Of course, the first book probably filtered out most of the latter group. The ending, disappointingly, leaves loose ends dangling.

Still, I enjoyed this one nearly as much as John Dies at the End. We get to know the three lovable losers, David, John, and Amy (with Amy being the least loserly) better as characters, and their thought processes made me smile. Perhaps it helped that audiobook narrator Nick Podehl gave them each a bit of personality of his own.

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  • Deejay Scharton
  • 2013-01-07

Why no Stephen Thorne

I don't normally take the time to sit down and write a review, but I felt it was needed in this case. The previous book (john dies at the end) was narrated superbly by Stephen Thorne. It was a surprise to me when I started listening to this book is full of spiders that the narrator had changed from an energized sound Thorne to a drab, slow sounding Nick Podehl.

It's always a little jarring when there are changes in narrators through a series of books, but this change was almost as bad as the change from Tim Curry to Lemony Snicket in A Series of unfortunate events. It really takes you out of the book.

As for the book itself, it feels like it's missing a lot of the crudeness that was added by John's character in the first novel. Some might have found that a little distasteful, but it's what gives John dies at the end a lot of it's charm. This book is full of spiders feels like it's been run through the filter press that's squeezed out most of the random banter and frantic jumping around that made the first novel great. There is hardly a mention of soy sauce in the entire novel.

This book is full of spiders is not the action packed sequel to John dies at the end. Instead it's more like a watered down episode of 24 with the word terrorists replaced with spiders. It takes awhile to get started and when if finally does, you're racing along on a bicycle instead of an awesome dirt bike.

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  • Robert
  • 2012-10-04

Lots of Fun

Any additional comments?

I liked this book. Am a huge fan of the previous novel (John Dies at the End). I don't know if I liked this one quite as much as the first but still very good. Recommend highly, I would recommend that you read/ listen to the first book. Not absolutely critical, but you would miss a lot, I think without it.

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  • Benjamin
  • 2015-03-22

Horromedy!

This book does a fantastic job of melding horror with the absolutely ridiculous. Wong basically built a messed up town where conventional laws of science do not apply and infested it with spiders, ghosts, zombies, monsters, evil bureaucrats, and a couple of slackers that only overachieve at monster fighting.

The book is twisted and absurd and funny. The plot holds your attention, not so much by twisting, but rather by sprinting off in unexpected directions like an unruly dog having just seen a squirrel.

Both author and narrator combine to develop the characters which all achieve an excellent texture whether main protagonist or bit player.

I recommend this book highly. My only reservation is that it slows down toward the middle. It starts strong and finishes strong and the middle is manageable. I say, go for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-10-04

Just what it's supposed to be

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator does a good job of bringing out the characters in his delivery without going too over-the-top. Most importantly, he feels like a good fit for David Wong's narratorial voice.

Any additional comments?

If the title of the book is appealing to you, you'll most likely enjoy the novel. It seems to me that David Wong is accomplishing pretty much exactly what he sets out to do, which is an admirable feat. The story is entertaining, the core characters are likable, the blend of horror and comedy works remarkably well tonally, and the book is clever and insightful without seeming like it's trying too hard to be just that. A lot of the humor is kind of stupid, but there's a human touch to it that makes it work.

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