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Limetown

The Prequel to the #1 Podcast
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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From the creators of the number one podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over 300 people have disappeared - including her uncle - with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

On a seemingly ordinary day, 17-year-old Lia Haddock hears news that will change her life forever: 300 men, women, and children living at a research facility in Limetown, Tennessee, have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is Emile Haddock, Lia’s uncle. 

What happened to the people of Limetown? It’s all anyone can talk about. Except Lia’s parents, who refuse to discuss what might have happened there. They refuse, even, to discuss anything to do with Emile.

As a student journalist, Lia begins an investigation that will take her far from her home, discovering clues about Emile’s past that lead to a shocking secret - one with unimaginable implications not only for the people of Limetown, but for Lia and her family. The only problem is...she’s not the only one looking for answers. 

Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie are first-rate storytellers in every medium. Critics called their podcast Limetown “creepy and otherworldly” (The New York Times) and “endlessly fun” (Vox), and their novel goes back to where it all began. Working with Cote Smith, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize finalist, they’ve crafted an exhilarating mystery that asks big questions about what we owe to our families and what we owe to ourselves, about loss, discovery, and growth. Threaded throughout is Emile’s story - told here for the first time ever. 

©2018 Cote Smith, Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • JLH
  • 2018-12-16

I guess I just Expected More...

there was a lot of anticipation for this. and it wasn't bad. but it wasn't great either. they could have done a lot more. I enjoyed the mix of past and present perspectives. maybe I was disappointed because it is just such a base... ordinary story, more something I would expect from a young adult writer. I expected almost every revelation. And I didn't really understand the end. every part of the story seemed unnecessarily convoluted.
I guess the end take-away: underwhelming.

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  • DEVON
  • 2018-11-20

Fantastic prequel to the Limetown podcast!

I highly recommend you listen to Limetown podcast season one first. Then listen to this audiobook.

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  • John Gunter
  • 2019-02-11

I can see why some wouldn’t like it, but I love it

I’m a fan of the podcast so I’m down for any supplemental content. The bar is LOW for me. Tonally the book is a stark contrast from the podcast. Instead of a tight thriller the prequel is a slow melodrama about the “why” behind so much of the show’s story, with long meditations on loneliness, isolation and loss.

And for anyone hung up on the fact the prequel directly contradicts season 1 establishing that Lia barely knew anything about Emile my mental jiu jitsu is: Lia was lying because if her bosses knew she was using her reporting to try and find her uncle they wouldn’t let her pursue the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-06

Must Read

This is a key part to the Limetown podcast! Answers questions and leaves you asking and wanting for more!

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  • Mr. CT
  • 2019-02-01

great book

great prequel to an already great series. the narrators are outstanding. they couldn't have picked better people to read this book. I give them all ten stars

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  • William
  • 2019-01-14

The Hit Podcast Turns Into Trite YA

The story isn't just unnecessary to the enjoyment of the Limetown podcast, I wish I hadn't learned the backstories to the two most important characters in the series. Not only was the story painfully slow to start off, but having the veil of mystery to how Limetown rose and fell allowed me to piece together the details with my mind, instead of through what felt like contrived, adolescent, angsty prose.
I would prefer to treat the book as non-canonical, as I expected more from the stellar story told by the podcast.

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  • David J. Morrison
  • 2019-01-06

Not for everyone

This book broadens the world of the podcast. It gives you the backstory of Leah and Emile. Considering that the creators are film students, I think they did pretty well as this is not their primary medium. However, it does take some time for the story to get going and neither character is very likeable. I'm actually surprised how cold they ended up making Leah. Overall, if you got hooked by the podcast and you want to know more about this world, go for it. If you haven't listened to it and you have no interest in podcasts/TV show when it comes out, I'd say skip it.

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  • Itay Horev
  • 2019-01-03

Nope

Not very well written, a combination of two readers, one of which is pretty good, the other - not really. but the main problem with this book is that it contradicts the podcast, or at least causes it to make no sense. If you like Limetown, you should probably skip this one.

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  • L. cherniske
  • 2019-01-02

pointless

I love the pocast, but book was just needless. Even the narrators sounded bored. the writers use an odd narrative device often where they kind of foreshadow (but not really) what happens next instead of telling you. there's really no reason to read the book if you enjoy the podcast.

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  • Taylor
  • 2019-01-02

I loved this book

I have been a fan of the Limetown podcast since it first aired a few years ago, and I was so excited to see that it's back this year with the wonderful addition of a novel. The backstory provided by this novel is excellent -- I was completely gripped by it and found myself finding excuses to keep listening. I think it might be a bit odd as a stand alone, but as a companion to the podcast it is terrific.