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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here - it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

©2015 Rainbow Rowell (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Incredible!

With so many different POV's, this is a difficult book to narrate. Euan Morton does a fantastic job. The different voices and demeanors are perfect for each character and makes this audio book very entertaining. His comedic timing and emphasis adds something amazing to this book and I loved every second.

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Love!

I've read and listened to this book several times, and love it more each time! Euan Morton's narration is perfect for the tone of the book, and the slight changes in his voice give each character a life of their own.

I'm looking forward to listening to he next one!

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Simply Delightful

I think this is my 4th listen and I still love it. I love Simon, Baz, Penny and Agatha. I love their whole not-Harry-Potter world .

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Long but Very Good

The beginning is a bit long and winded but after the main conflict truly beginnings, it’s hard to put down

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Lovely book. Wonderful narration.

I loved the narration and the story is amazing. I enjoyed it a lot. Wonderful.

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The narration is EVERYTHING!

Carry On is essentially a Harry Potter M/M fanfic. Though I haven't read Rowell's Fangirl, I do know that Cath (Fangirls main character) creates fanfic of Simon and Baz in the book. This book is a result of the popularity of Fangirl.
The story itself is just different enough from Harry Potter to avoid copy write and just similar enough to keep HP fans interested.
The absolute best part of this audio book though is the narrator. Euan Morton is amazing! Having read the hard copy of the book and now listened to the audio I can say with absolute certainty that the audio book is better and it is all because of Morton.

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Couldn’t love these characters more

I even named my dogs after them.

Great story, wonderful narration. I have listened to this series more times than I can count. It doesn’t click with anyone, but it’s worth giving a try. Because if it does click with you, you’ll have a favourite for life.

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Loved it

This book was an absolute delight! Charming, thoughtful, silly and romantic. An absolute treat to listen to. The narrator did a bang up job as well.

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Just fluffy goodness

It’s so stupid, lovely, and fun. I like to play this book when I’m having a bad day. Its the worst and best fan fiction that could ever exist.

The main character is a self sacrificing moron with a brilliant but daft best friend, lovely self centred but sane ex love interest, and a lovely but slightly insane current love interest. Plus it’s queer:)

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The story is amazing

It never gets boring and its a little like Harry Potter but in a good strange and different way

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  • JM
  • 2015-10-11

So glad I stumbled into this

I discovered and read (listened to) Fangirl quite by accident, just about 5 days before Carry On was released. I don't normally go for /regular/ fiction, but I'd read a good, convincing review from a trusted source, and thought, hey, nothing wrong with a break from my usual epic fantasy stories for a light romance read, and the fandom slant was new. I liked it! It was cute, and enjoyable, even if I might not listen to it again very soon. Rainbow Rowell's writing is really easy to get into, and her humor is the winner for me. As I always do when I think I might enjoy an author's other books, I checked out what else she had out once I was done with Fangirl, and saw Carry On was about to come out. I thought about it for a bit, forgot for a couple days, then went back after it'd been released and downloaded it.

I'm so glad I did. Carry On was so much fun, with magic and prophecies and a Chosen One and a nemesis and romance without being what you expect when you read about a book having those things. The characters are constantly defying tropes without ever feeling like they're doing it specifically to thumb their noses at the genre, because they feel real as they are.

And can I just say how much I love Baz? I remember Cath in Fangirl calling him an "unreliable narrator" in her version of the Simon Snow universe, but in Carry On, he's the absolute best, and his POV chapters ended up being my favorites in the book. I found myself laughing out loud (or wanting to) at his internal observations many times, which can be difficult to bear when you're listening on the bus at 4am.

I would suggest reading Fangirl first, if you haven't, before Carry On. I don't think it's necessary, but it will probably increase your appreciation of this story.

I'll leave by saying that this book, while extremely fulfilling in and of itself, also left me wanting more and more and more of this world. It's already a multi-listen book for me, and I'll probably even get a physical copy of the book, which is something I do so rarely these days.

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  • FanB14
  • 2016-10-08

Rowell Always Gets it Right

Would you consider the audio edition of Carry On to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrators made the book sound far better than it would have in my head. I've found they can make or break a book and this one was cast well.

What did you like best about this story?

Didn't buy this book at first, not interested in a Harry Potteresque story and wasn't sure it would be as good as her others. I am happy to be wrong. I liked how Simon's magic was unpredictable he's far from perfect and his nemesis, Baz is sardonically witty. The ending was a nice surprise, Rowell strayed from a predictable conclusion.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

His voices were spot on. Baz sounded broody, bored, and slightly antagonistic. Loved it.

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  • 2015-12-19

Baz in love

At first I thought this is a boring story until I stuck with it long enough for Baz to arrive. Then the story was intriguing enough to stick with until the end. A sweet love story.

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  • Kathrine
  • 2015-12-16

Plot: not so much, characters: awesome

I couldn't help but see Harry Potter all the way through this one. BUT I really really loved the relationships so I still recommend it. Plot is a bit weak but the interactions between the characters were great.

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  • Lily Mordaunt
  • 2015-10-15

I was a little hesitant to read this at first...

I read Fangirl, and when my friend told me that this book was out and that it was a continuation of it, I was beyond excited to have the story continue. It didn't register that Carry On was the name of Cath's fan fiction story. Then I realized that the main character or characters would most likely be male (I'm a little biased about the gender of my narrators). But I loved it all :-) and it definitely helped that the reader and setting played into my Anglophilic tendencies. And that though there were multiple viewpoints, they were all in first person (another bias of mine).

The writing was good, each person's voice was distinct. Definitely worth five stars and your reading time.

I would recommend this to fans of both fantasy, and Rainbow Rowel.

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  • Megan Fretty
  • 2016-08-02

SS + BP = 💖 Where to begin?!

This book was even better the second time around. I knew the direction of the story and could collect the remnants I missed the first time around.

Of course, I wish there was MORE. I'm so pleased Rainbow Rowell decided to make this book following Fangirl (also a favorite!)

A classic tale of good versus evil, but who is actually good or evil?! The lines become blurred when boy loves boy and boy notices boy back! A Harry Potter homo-erotic fan fiction triumph.

Yes, it is MEANT to depict Harry Potter. I'm not mad about it. I love it for it. A direction JK Rowling never would have taken her series, but every female reader wished it had... 😆

As a 27 year old female, I wish it was a little less...PG? Lol. Well. Regardless. I loved it. It is in the pile of books I'll read over and over again!

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  • skugs
  • 2016-03-30

Loved this book. Ending a bit rushed, but I understood.

I really enjoyed this book, especially as a continuation of "Fangirl". Made me laugh lots, and I loved getting to see more of Baz and Simon falling in love that I'd heard about in Fangirl. Even my husband liked it, minus Agatha, but I still count that as a win! SO excited for Wayward Son!!!

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  • Ashley
  • 2015-12-10

A good fun read

I was quite surprised I liked this book, I wasn't sure if I would. I read Fangirl and liked that do wanted to try this out, I am glad I did.
The beginning of the book was a little slow but it picked up after a bit and kept me engaged and wanting to know what happened. I found myself really escaping and enjoying the read, I was a easy read as well which is nice.
I liked the character development and the story line, I does have a lot of similarities to Harry Potter but it is different enough that you don't feel disappointed.
I would recommend this read to anyone even if you are not into fantasy normally.

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  • Rebekah James
  • 2015-10-14

YES!

Despite a slow start and a woeful lack of Bas early on, Carry On blew me away. I understood that Rowell had to build the world and the lore, so I chalked my impatience up to a strong desire to get to the Simon/Bas drama. And then it started up and I was beyond hooked. I love this book. even though I just finished, I will start it again immediately.

I would read 8 books on Simon Snow... as long as Bas was there to keep things interesting.

The reader sounded too old for these characters, but I fixed that by speeding it up by 1.25 speed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-19

Amazing. Absoultely Amazing.

Okay, this book deserves full marks. Not only is it interesting and captivating, it is also the only book in existance that has made me feel like I'm reading for the first time, every time. It constantly has me grinning from ear to ear and laughing like it's the first time I've heard a really good joke. I don't know. I've read Carry On about 5 times now and will continue to do so until Wayward Son comes out in 2020. Do I recommend it? Fuck yeah. Read it and love it. I guarentee you won't regret it.

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