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It's the story "They" don't want you to listen to. Though, to be fair, "They" are probably right about this one. To quote the Bible, "Learning the truth can be like loosening a necktie, only to realize it was the only thing keeping your head attached". No, don't put the book back on the shelf - it is now your duty to purchase it to prevent others from listening to it. Yes, it works with audiobooks, too, I don't have time to explain how.

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

Your first impulse will be to think that a story this gruesome - and, to be frank, stupid - cannot possibly be true. That is precisely the reaction "They" are hoping for.

©2017 David Wong (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Hellishly Hilarious!

I've wondered how Dave Wong's mind works... How he comes up with this stuff is beyond me! Scary, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable!

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Overall, I'm disappointed.

I've been a fan of this series for years, but this one just didn't resonate with me. I wouldn't recommend it if you liked the first two. It didn't seem to add anything special to the story, nor did it seem as well written. Here are some positive and negative points from my take.

The books first 1/4 I think was the best part of it all. It set up some really neat ideas that would have been really cool to see where they went, but mostly just sputtered out. Early on there is a series of questions asked that references the first two books without being explained. I really liked that because in book two, and in this one after this point, we are always hit over the head with "this is how Amy lost her hand", "this is what soya sauce is", etc, when it would have been nice to have more tie-ins for those who read up to that point.

David's depression, Amy's revelation, and John's insanity all started out really compelling. That said, David's depression was probably the only thing that got resolved, in a manner of speaking and at the end of the book at that. Amy had this world shattering revelation that I thought would fill me with awful dread like in the second book, but it just kind of went away. Same with John. We have a fun at first with a showdown in a church which made me laugh my ass off, but every time after that that we switched povs, they just felt "less".

Like the second book compared to the first, the third is told in a different way than the second. We are given the character's world view and I felt we could have gotten much more with that. This is simply my opinion but I feel this book was overall just weaker than the rest.

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  • Jay
  • 2018-08-07

Disturbed Genius

Pros:
Unnecessarily vulgar
Excessively graphic
Surprisingly insightful

Cons:
Not enough soy sauce
Not enough pages!

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I think the title says it all....

Okay, so this definitely wasn't for me. The title and description of the book... Well, I took it to being tongue-in-cheek. Yeaaahhh no. Not at all. I got to chapter 12 and said, "That's enough, I can't do this anymore." It just wasn't entertaining, engaging or... well, anything aside of annoying for me. It felt like the pointless blithering of a High School kid who was writing it as you read/listened. I pictured a kid with an overactive imagination going, "Oh, and then....", "Yeah that'd be cool!" and "They'll never see that coming!", throughout the chapters I managed to get through.

Not to say that this won't be enjoyable to some people out there. It simply wasn't for me. I won't say I'm in to the most cerebral books, but I enjoy a good story. And in this case a good reader as well. In this particular case, I found both lacking.

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Hard to follow

Really hard to follow. I personally couldn't get into it. I feel like the point of the book was to kind of present the framework of a story but play around with the insides. This I believe, would be the appeal of the book however I am just not into it. I don't read enough to comment on much else, I personally dis not enjoy this book although parts were quite funny.

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Witty, silly, smart

Listening to this was pure fun. The story is both silly and smart. The title really fit the narrative but as much as it goes in every which way, it is well build. The characters are great and the whole novel is highly enjoyable. Also the reading is masterfully delivered. Masterfully here meaning it embodies the craziness of the characters but is still understandable and not overplayed. Cudos.

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  • horny
  • 2017-10-03

Audio sounds like it was produced in a tunnel

Just starting to listen to the book so the story can't be reviewed, but the audio quality is terrible. Words with "s" sound clipped, the overall sound is tinny, and it sounds like it was recorded in a tunnel.

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  • Chris Bell
  • Millbrook, AL United States
  • 2017-10-03

Please fix the audio

Great book and great narration, but the audio quality is sub par. I hear shades of Stephen Thorne trying to come through, but the audio quality is holding his performance back. Please do right by the author and narrator and have it fixed.

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  • ANTLink19
  • West Des Moines, IA, United States
  • 2017-10-03

The audio..

I'm sure this book is good, I'm sure it's great.

but the audio quality is horrible. it's very hard to listen to. like they used a tin can to record the vocals. going to delete and redownload, I hope this fixes it.

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  • Joseph
  • 2017-10-06

Wong/Pargin does it again.

I cannot stress how much I love this entire series of books. When it comes to horror/sci-fi/comedy, the list of books is severely lacking. That's where David Wong comes in. The original John Dies at the End novel is my go to book when I need something to read that puts me at ease. I've read it numerous times. What the Hell Did I Just Read? Is another one to add to that list. Wongs humor is up there with the greats. Other people may argue that it's the equivalent of a raunchy teen comedy. But I see no difference between this book and all of David Sedaris' novels. It's meant to create excitement and wonder and most of all LAUGHS. David Wong is our generations Kurt Vonnegut. The way the story weaves in and out it's very hard for a reader to say "Oh I saw that coming". I encourage everyone to read this book and the rest of the series, you won't be disappointed. Or maybe you will I don't know, I'm just a guy on the internet. READ IT.

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  • Zachary
  • 2017-11-06

Still good, more disorganized than the other two

This one feels less tightly wrapped than the ones before, but it still has an engaging story and some really good ideas. Also, the characters feel familiar but changed by their experiences, which is a good thing. Often characters in sequels become tiresome self-parodies, but that hasn't happened here. That said, I could have done without the split narrative, especially John's version, which is often embellished to a wearisome degree. Overall, a good sequel - I hope that the author will find inspiration to write more about these three.

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  • Justin
  • NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States
  • 2017-10-30

Ridiculously funny

It’s just delightfully funny. Read the first two. Excellent audiobook. Never a dull moment. I was skeptical but after a pitch by my friend I was hooked and the movie is great too.

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  • Arthur
  • 2017-10-13

The best so far?

If you're not familiar with the series go check out "John Dies at the End". If you are familiar with the series and want to know what to expect from the third installment, the answer is: more of the same... in the best way.

Cosmic Horror is a good subtitle. This one goes a bit more Lovecraft than the previous books. Much like This Book is Full of Spiders, the story is more put together than John Dies at the End. This one is also a bit (only just a bit, I promise) more serious than the other two, and presents some interesting ethical arguments.

Altogether, this could be the best John book so far.

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  • M. Kemmerlin
  • Indiana
  • 2017-10-13

amazing

as always, an amazing, odd, and entertainly interesting story from David Wong. This was a highly anticipated sequel and it did not disaploint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-07

I serve none but korrok

Korrok the slave master. Korrok the knowing. Korrok the wise. Korrok the living. Korrok the famished. Korrok the conqueror . Korrok the giver. Korrok the almighty. I serve none but Korrok... and Korrok deems that the thired instalment in the John dies at the end series is just awesome.

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  • Adam
  • Killeen, TX, United States
  • 2018-01-15

Good, not Great

This is the third in the series and i feel it is the weakest in story. I started the series in the middle with This Book is Full of Spiders which lead me to John Dies at The End.

I feel like this one while still containing the weirdness of the first two, didn't quite go out there as far as they did. the humor was definitely there and it was still quite enjoyable. The narration was pretty good to.

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