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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

A Novel
Written by: Hank Green
Series: The Carls, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
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Who has the right to change the world forever? How will we live online? How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?   

The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While the robots were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction with only their presence. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame and untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into the Carls' path, giving them their name, becoming their advocate, and putting herself in the middle of an avalanche of conspiracy theories. 

Months later, April’s friends are trying to find their footing in a post-Carl world. Andy has picked up April’s mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April; and Miranda is contemplating defying her friends’ advice and pursuing a new scientific operation...one that might have repercussions beyond anyone’s comprehension. Just as it is starting to seem like the gang may never learn the real story behind the events that changed their lives forever, a series of clues arrive - mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers - all of which seems to suggest that April could be very much alive. 

In the midst of the search for the truth and the search for April is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality. 

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It is a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions about the way we live, our freedoms, our future, and how we handle the unknown. 

©2020 Hank Green (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Beautiful

I adored this book. Against all odds, Hank Green outdid himself and improved on the already incredible first book.

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Overall great, politics distracting.

Save for some classic sci-fi, you will unlikely find a story right now with this much depth of thought and concept. Is there a word for something which is both relevant to the present and at the same time undoubtedly relevant to the future? One downside I found was the left-wing politics spattered throughout (I don't disagree with these mind you) which in the end distracted me on occasion from enjoying the story and may be this book's biggest barrier to becoming a classic itself. I hope not, I really liked it and the multiple narrators made it all the more enjoyable.

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Great sequel

Very easy to read. Great narrators. Hank has become an even better writer. Some very complex themes and satisfying payoff.

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Soooooo Goooood!

Great sequel! Loved the bonus at the end! Thanks to Hank Green and all the narrators!

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A Delightfully Fun Sequel

I must say that Hank Green outdid himself. This sequel built upon the first beautifully and I loved it!

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  • Ray
  • 2020-07-19

Well thought out, and super entertaining

John Green said when he was reviewing this one after Hank sent it to him, that this book was better than the first one.

I fully support that statement, such a well thought out and delivered story, in my opinion. With the follow up interview at the end a perfect addition to the Audible release.

I’m looking forward to more Hank Green books, and the funny thing was that until a few months ago, I was not sure that I was even waiting for the first one.

I guess better late to the game than never showing up.

Now it’s on you Hank,
TikTok where’s your next project taking you?

I’ll pre-order that one on title alone.

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Unexpected End to the Story of the Carls!

The "The Carls" books are so captivating. I first heard about them from Hank Green himself on the Philip Defranco podcast. I got so intrigued and downloaded the first book on audible and started listening instantly, and preordered the second one once I got my next credit. With both books, I couldn't stop listening, I couldn't "put it down". The world building, the storytelling, the characters; everything was just so engaging, interesting, and different. I can't write much without spoiling the events of the books and thus spoiling your experience, but I'll just say this. Go read The Carls. Also, do NOT read A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor without reading An Absolutely Remarkable Thing first, you won't understand a thing. Honestly, if I had a problem with the books, it would be their names, it's really hard to remember their names off the top of your mind if you want to recommend them to anyone without checking first. I haven't processed all my feelings about this book, but just go read it.

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thrill ride of the modern world.

excellent story, perfect narration & cast.
H.Green follows up a thought provoking introspection of social media with a thrill ride of a conclusion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-07

I have no words…

I went into this book with huge expectations since the first one was so flawless! However, it blew any expectations I had right out of the water!
It’s a beautiful continuation to the first book, yet it’s nothing like it!
There were genuine moments where I was gripping the end of my chair in fear and Hoping against hope. I did not feel this connected to a book in a long time! MR. Green does a great job thrusting the listener into the characters mind. Listening I could feel his frustration as if it was mine, their anger as if my blood was boiling, and I felt their fear so greatly that my heart was pounding! The narrators also do a job here!
This is overall an amazing book! I would recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-08

The sequel that's even better

I love how breathtakingly this book captures our current social moment and issues a dire warning about the direction we're taking, all within the confines of a super intelligent alien invasion.

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  • Kristen
  • 2020-07-18

Perfection

I want to live inside Hank Green's beautiful brain. You will too. Read this book.

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  • Kari
  • 2020-07-17

Thrilling and relevant

I'm amazed at Hank Green's ability to craft a story that feels like it's a classic sci-fi while simultaneously feeling like it was ripped from the headlines. He couldn't have known while writing it that by the time this book released in mid 2020 it would be more relevant than ever. I highly recommend this series and you must read the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, first in order to follow this one. I found A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor to be even better than the first, but together they make an incredible story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-13

My brain has exploded with awesomeness

Hank Green has BLOWN my mind with this book. The twists! The turns! Each one expertly crafted, completely surprising, and never once felt like a cheap “got ya!” trick. Even better than the book though, is listening to this audio book. It’s like listening to the most perfect TV show/movie/book/podcast/news report in the world. The voice acting? Amazing. But the fact that each character was voiced by their own person, even down to the news articles? I’m in love. 100/10 experience. Thanks Hank for the book! And thanks to the voice actors. DFTBA

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  • bookmom
  • 2020-08-01

Engaging and thought provoking

Really enjoyed this book. Compelling / thrilling basic plot. Will they be ok? Will they save the world? But also thought provoking on a much deeper level about society, power, the internet, and the best and worst of human nature. Highly recommend.

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  • IronedSocks
  • 2020-08-01

A truly enrapturing experience

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is a in depth analysis into what it means to be a human, even more so what it means to be a human in a time where technology is increasing molding the ways we conceptualize and interact with the world.
It’s a very well crafted story that puts believable characters in unbelievable situations and by the end of it you will be left speechless or in my case looking for every outlet possible to give my praises to this book and Hank for being the brainfather of such a captivating story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-23

A fantastic addition to YA literature

This book is everything I used to look for in a novel when I was a book hungry teen. It drives introspection while also creating a fantastic, sometimes whimsical, alternate reality similar to our own. The performance of the readers did an amazing job of keeping you hooked on the story and had me binging chapter after chapter as I worked. I have been a fan of Hank Green since I was 11, he played a large roll in fueling my love of science and it is evident that he poured his heart and soul into this series. 10/10.

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  • Yair
  • 2020-07-30

great sequel, great production!

As a lover of the first book, this was immensely satisfying and just as thought-provoking

Very well produced and directed!

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  • Mike Murphy
  • 2020-07-29

An I mportant story beautifully told.

The story was fantastic and keeps you thinking long after you’ve read it. The voice actors were amazing, and made the audio experience exceptional.

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