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Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the number-one New York Times best seller Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality and creators of the internet’s most-watched daily show, Good Mythical Morning, a thrilling and darkly funny novel about two best friends fighting the sinister forces at the heart of their Southern town.

It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow - a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade.

At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told - that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry - and their best friend, Alicia Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment - Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents.

Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Alicia's life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations - one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.

This Audible book includes an exclusive interview with Rhett and Link, conducted by Stevie Levine, host of the Good Mythical Morning recap show, Let's Talk About That. In this conversation, Rhett and Link dive into their childhoods in Buies Creek and how they influenced their lives and writing.

About the authors:

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, raised in North Carolina and best friends since the first grade, are an LA-based comedy duo known for hosting the most-watched daily talk show on the internet, Good Mythical Morning, their narrative series Rhett & Link's Buddy System, the award-winning weekly podcast Ear Biscuits, and their instant number-one New York Times best seller, Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality. Their YouTube channels have a combined subscriber base of over 24 million people with seven billion total views. They have been featured on and in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The Conan O'Brien Show, Variety, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

©2019 Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Exceeded Expectations

Just because of the authors' YouTube friendly content and humour they are known to produce, don't write off this book! The book is full of humour and suspense, twists and turns. The narration is spectacular as well, very clear and with voices associated to each character. Expectations have been surpassed and I personally look forward to any further fiction works from the writers!

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The narration was a lost cause

The narration is absolutely awful; I cringed every few minutes. The audiobook should be avoided because of the corny, uncomfortable, unlistenable delivery of the narrative.

The writing was passable; some parts were better than others, but there was nothing really special overall. The plot could, at times, be both too realistic or too absurd, and the narrative pacing was poor; the first third of the book is almost irrelevant to the main plot, and while the middle is more interesting, the ending is lacklustre. The characters also don't really do much heavy lifting to drive the plot. There were some interesting attempts at character development in a few cases, but there was also a fantastic opportunity to explore competent and likable female characters, and these characters are all but ignored. The damesel in distress trope is so lame and tired. I expected better.

It feels like the book has a major identity crisis. The target audience could range from preteens to teenagers to younger adults to middle-aged adults, and the "moral of the story" is EXTREMELY heavy-handed. Rhett says in the introduction to never stop questioning authority, and the entire book seems to exist solely to beat the reader over the head with this idea. Don't waste your time listening to the horrible narration of the entire book—just stop after Rhett and Link's introduction and you'll get the message.

I do support the message, and I wholeheartedly support R&L or else I wouldn't have listened the entire novel when it felt like every minute was a struggle. I might have even enjoyed this had I not listened to it (although it does seem like a rather amateurish first novel), but the insufferable narration means a rating of 2 stars when the book itself might have been 3 or 4 stars.

The narration was abominable, so I cannot recommend this audiobook.

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Well that was fun

I found this to be a very charming and fun story. I wouldn't have minded if it went darker ;)

Recommending to my husband now to read. ❤️

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I could not get into this one...

I listened for a few chapters, but I found this story to be extremely juvenile and just not something that I was interested in or able to get into at all. I also found the narrators character voices to be extremely annoying making this not an enjoyable listen for me.

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Loved it

I loved the book and story line, the narrator was awesome. Must listen

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Fabulous!

Just a wonderful book and fantastic narration. We were mesmerized and completely forgot that all the characters were played by the same person! We can't wait for the next one. :) Get busy boys!

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EPIC

This needs to be a movie. I LOVE IT I WANT MORE BOOKS. the horror aspect was the ultimate experience for me.

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Beyond any expectations

This book was captivating from start to finish. Knowing the authors from their YouTube channel I was expecting something much less phenomenal, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of my favourite books now. The audible performances were just great as well.

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first book I've read in a long time. and as Rhett knows by read I mean I listened to the book. amazing. hope they make it a tv show!

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thanks Rhett and Link!

this book is what got me into audible! I really enjoy Rhett and Link in good mythical morning. But the narrators voice is my favorite! i like to put this book on to help me sleep some nights.

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  • BrettM
  • 2019-12-01

Does it hold up beyond the R&L fandom?

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is the first novel by Youtube stars Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. I have been a fan of Rhett and Link for several years now, watching GMM, listening to Ear Biscuits and reading their first book, which was not a novel. R&L promoted this book a lot on all of their mediums and more, so as a long time fan of this duo I was excited and curious to see what they would do with a totally fictional novel. To me, it seemed like I was being exposed to a lot of promotion for this book but I also understood that they needed to talk about it as much as possible in hopes of breaking the news to those outside of the R&L. sphere, subjecting themselves to awkward morning and nighttime television talk shows to promote their novel.

Getting into this audio book, I really didn't know what to expect besides the fact that it featured characters that were essentially Rhett and Link (Rex and Leif), that Bleak Creek was based on their own hometown, and that it was going to be a sort of "Hardy Boys" mystery. The book featured a lot of "fan service" as I would call it - references to little personal traits and stories that Rhett and Link fans would know and love. It also contains a fair amount of 90's references, which at the beginning serve as a fun way to establish the setting, but at times were intrusive and would be un-relatable to younger readers. Because I wasn't sure what I was getting into, I found the pacing of the story to be kind of jarring sometimes. I think I felt comforted by the fun Rhett & Link references in the Rex & Leif characters, but then felt kind of blindsided when the novel took a particularly dark and magical turn a little more than halfway through the book. The underlying story of the Creek was somewhat interesting, a little cliche but most horror seems to be. Some parts were very gripping and others (a lot of Jeanine's personal backstory, for example) were kind of boring. The pacing of the story seemed to be out of balance overall.

I knew that I was going to be listening to this book so I was interested to see that Rhett and Link chose to have someone else narrate it. It made sense I guess, it is a novel and not a memoir like their last book, so having someone else read it seems appropriate. I have some mixed feelings about the performance, but overall I didn't like it. The general narration tone is incredible dry and boring, and easy to phase out and ignore. I know a lot of audiobooks sound like this, but come on. This monotonous narration was juxtaposed by some colorful character impressions, some of which I liked quite a bit (Whitewood, Rex) and I think they saved the performance. However, there were times when Gam-Gam or Ruby were talking and I could BARELY get through listening to it. Gam-Gam had a lot of dialogue early on and it was incredibly irritating to listen to.

Overall, this is a a fun and twisted first novel by Rhett and Link but it has a few shortcomings. I know that a lot of their fans are going to love this book, but I am curious to see how it is perceived by people who don't know anything about the duo.

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  • Sarah Ellis
  • 2019-11-05

The book the Mythical Beasts would have written...

At first when I noticed Rhett & Link were not the narrators of this book I was a bit disappointed. There choice in Vikas was the right one. He really did deliver the characters the way they needed to be. If you have been a Mythical Beast for a long time or this is your 1st introduction to Rhett & Link you will enjoy this book. There is a fantastic story inserted with fun facts about Rhett and Link and a lot of 90's references...very funny 90's references. If you are in the 40+ age group it will really make you laugh....scooter leg, NKOTB, bike pegs and multiple pagers taking us back to a time before AOL, internet and cell phones. Thank you for creating a place where we can grow with these characters...I hope this story will get to move forward very very soon.

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  • niki
  • 2019-11-07

Exceeds expectations

I used to be an avid reader but after a string of lackluster books I had slowed almost to a crawl. While I've been a fan of Good Mythical Morning for years as well as The Book of Mythicality, I didn't know what to expect in a novel. Well this novel blew my socks off. I am super impressed by the talent and story telling that went into it. I genuinely looked forward to continuing the novel after work and listened to it twice back to back. The only negative thing I can say is it ended. I would like to continue hearing about their lives. Start working on the sequel!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-12

Pretty ok

Ok for a first novel, though a bit tedious at times and the "mystery" is disappointing.
Fans of R&L will find their fill, the best parts are probably the ones born out of their special brand of comedy. I'd say that Bleek Creek itself is the best character, the description and stories of the community and its surroundings are quite vivid and I simply enjoyed spending imaginary time there with the boys by the cape fear river.
Reading and voice acting is really good.
I give it a 5/10, middle of the road with highs and lows. Probably more suited for younger readers in the 11-18 yo span.

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  • BenUNC
  • 2019-11-06

Funny, Creepy, and Excellent.

As a southerner, I feared two things in this book.

1. The narrator not being able to adequately handle central NC drawl.
2. The authors taking the quick way out and relying on degrading tropes.

I was thrilled to be proven baseless in my fears. The performance by Vikas Adam was flawless, and the story was engaging, fun, creepy, and very well done.

Well done, all.

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  • J.Face
  • 2019-12-04

Fun and Original

Didn't know what to expect going into it. Very surprising twists to what could have been a typical "small town secret" story. Kept me listening even though a few of the narrator's character voice choices got annoying. Worth the listen.

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  • StarF
  • 2019-11-23

Sequel please!

A fun ride! Sometimes cliche, sometimes predictable, but always a fun adventure. Definitely a worthy step into the new realm of creative endeavors for Rhett & Link! This story leaves so much more to unfold and I hope there will be future novels to come to unravel the mysteries ahead.

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  • Grant Parsons
  • 2019-11-09

Thrilling!

I had heard so much leading up to this novel that I just had to get it. The novel stands well on its own, but is even better if you are a fan of Rhett and Link.

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  • Marie Mandato
  • 2019-11-09

So good!

So I will admit that I have been a long time fan of Rhett and Link.
that being said, I was so thuroughly impressed with this book. I was reeled into the world of this story right from the start, and by the end I was almost tearing up. Don't put that lightly, I rarely get emotional from media, especially books. but goodness, it was just such a good story, with very 3 dimensional characters. 5 stars isn't enough! I hope this isn't the last fiction book from you 2

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  • Viv
  • 2019-11-07

a good fun story with a bit of darkness

a good fun story with a bit of darkness which helps to keep the story a bit more believable even though it's fiction.

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