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Summary

The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. Well, that's not exactly true. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame and untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into Carl's path, giving them their name, becoming their advocate and putting herself in the middle of an avalanche of conspiracy theories.

Months later, the world is as confused as ever. Andy has picked up April's mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online about the world post-Carl; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April and Miranda infiltrates a new scientific operation...one that might have repercussions beyond anyone's comprehension.     

As they each get further down their own paths, a series of clues arrive - mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers, unexplained internet outages and more - which seem to suggest April may be very much alive. In the midst of the gang's possible reunion is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It's a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions. How will we live online? What powers over our lives are we giving away for free? Who has the right to change the world forever? And how do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?

©2020 Hank Green (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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amazing

Such a good book, would highly recommend. A really engaging story and the narration made it even better.

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A beautifully poignant critique of society

I absolutely loved this series, and I can’t believe I didn’t listen to it until now. Maybe I wasn’t ready yet. Maybe the book would only make the most impact on my life if I listened to it at this time. It has fundamentally changed how I see the world, and while I’d normally be quick to point out how flawed humans are, and how dangerous we are while we wield power, this series has given me some hope; even optimism.

I’m taking off one point from performance because I sometimes struggled to remember who was speaking; as some of the cast have very similar voices, though this was a very minor issue. Overall, it’s still a 5 star experience for me.

I also HAVE to give kudos to Hank for writing a non-binary character that felt entirely natural within a story. I don’t just mean that he chose his words right; he did, but that he wrote in a canonical explanation for the use of their pronouns that even made it sensible to people who don’t interact with non-binary folk, and then never mentioned it again! As soon as I noticed that’s what had happened, I literally shed a tear. Bravo!

I give A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, and Hank Green, 5/5 stars

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Great production and excellent narrators

I loved all the different narrators. The production value of this audiobook is really high, and I liked hearing from so many different characters and that they each have their own narrator. The story drew me in straight away and I loved seeing how Hank Green wrapped up April and Carl's story. Like the first book, it's really thought-provoking and makes some very insightful points about how social media and the internet have shaped our culture today.

The worst part of this audiobook was the conversation with Cory Doctorow at the end. I looked forward to hearing Hank's insights and thoughts about the book, but he barely spoke. It's not a conversation - Cory Doctorow barely gave the AUTHOR OF THE BOOK a moment to get a word in and speak about the book HE WROTE. It was like a 45-minute-long "this is more of a comment than a question" on the part of the interviewer. Super, super obnoxious.

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HANK GREEN SUCKS

Hank Green has the audacity to write incredibly compelling human studies wrapped up in an exhaustively developed, intriguing soft sci-fi narrative.

This book has made me contemplate worth and value in life (ain't nobody got time for that)

And is a fantastic manifesto for creators and those hopeful for the future of the human condition. I am appalled that he isn't thinking about how busy and important we all are, and challenges our well worn routines and addictions to social media and Internet content.

In all seriousness, please write more. Absolutely loved these books and Hank Greens' voice (and others like him) are needed far more in the coming years/decades.

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A Brilliant Endeavor

I really enjoyed the sophomore novel of the magnanimous Hank Green. Chock full of a cast that seem to jump right off the page. This is a great book and a brilliant sequel.

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Beautiful, not too foolish, definitely an endeavou

I'm not even 3 hrs away from having read it and I'm tempted to read it again just to really dive into the story again!
Loved it (again, great work Hank!), i know i have my player set on higher speed but this was such an easy listen, as in i didnt loose focus (#adhdWhatsFocus), but this book and the podcast/interview at the end was sooo captivating, made you think 3rd thoughts, like most things you do Hank
DFTBA!

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Great narration, not as good as book one

I love the whole Carls duology but when an author unveils the mysteries of an alien being its always hard not to feel a bit let down, regardless of the explanation given.

I loved the multiple points of view for this book, and the interweaving plot lines, but some of the narrative was slow paced and boring, while other parts were really exciting - the balance was a little off.

I'd still really recommend it, and especially the audiobook version as it's so well put together and the character voices seem pretty spot on. You might benefit from reading the actual book alongside though as I felt I missed bits when there were some info dumps.

3.5/5 stars overall!

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Thought Provoking, Enthralling and Brilliant Perfo

Awesome two books, both of which are thought provoking and enthralling. This is all topped with a brilliant performance by all

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an excellent follow up novel

An excellent follow up novel can't believe this is only Hank's second book. expors interning theams

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Love the themes

It took me longer to be hooked by this book than its predecessor, maybe because April didn't feature much initially and she's by far the best character. Once the stories started linking up I was enthralled, excited and worried simultaneously. I loved the technology themes underpinning the novel and particularly enjoyed the conversation with Hank Green at the end.

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  • Michael Flattery
  • 05-09-20

Must listen for the social media age!

Funny, engaging and thought-provoking, this was very clearly written by someone who has been immersed in everything "online". This book feels like it contains a concentrated distillation of our times - or at least those times before things were disrupted - and it really felt like reading the perspectives of people from the present. The ideas raised are worth thinking about and this handles them well. The narration is excellent, even at irregular segments.

If you felt that in "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" the more typically science fiction aspects could have been more prominent then you'll be glad to hear that there is plenty of that here. While the idea of fame and influence are still important here, "A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour" is more concerned with how systems organise power, influence and incentives. I'd say this is a somewhat more explicitly political book.

Characters we grew to know in the first book are now POV characters it feels immediately comfortable to be seeing through their eyes. Each of these characters feels like a person and a person that you know and like as the book proceeds. The April we see here is, understandably, changed but she still feels like herself.

Pacing was good throughout as mysteries, answers and obstacles keep appearing along the path. Ending felt less like a climax and more like a release. While this felt appropriate, it could maybe have had some elements ramped up a bit more - but that's a minor gripe.

Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

I didn’t think it would get better, but it did.

Listening to this during the pandemic, was stressful and it filled me with hope. Man, I hope that hope is not misplaced.

I love both Hanks books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-20

A great follow-up

A great follow up to the first book, pickin up right where he left you in the first.

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  • Louis Schultz
  • 20-07-20

What an amazing book!!!

This is the first book that I finnished since lockdown started and I could not put it down. I would absolutely recommend it to everyone to read.

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  • Adam
  • 08-07-20

Thank You Hank!

Eerily reflective of modern society while posing important questions about what might come next, the actions we should take, and the possible effects those actions might have.

Fantastic book, and clearly a lot of thought has gone in to the narration.