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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

Series: The Carls, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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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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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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Brilliant

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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A great sequel

Having just listened to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, the first book, this lived up to expectations. It was a pleasure to listen to and was hard to put down. The ending left me feeling a bit flat but this is a minor niggle and overall I thought it was excellent.

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an amazing book with interesting underlying themes

this is an amazing book with interesting underlying themes that really make you think about our relationship to eachother and the internet as a whole would really recommend!

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Hard to finde a place to take a brake!

The book continues the story from the first book, this time with more characters. First the bad stuff: 1) The character Andy has changed narrator I like both, but I think the narrators should be the same for both books. And that is har to change now. Maybe the narration of the first book could be updated! 2) The chapter names contains spoilers, and do to the naming it is also very hard to find where in the book you are. At least add a number to the chapter names, and maybe hide the rest of the chapter names in audible the first time you listen to the book. 3) I do not understand way the book has two parts, but one part would be better. 3) I would have liked it to be a bit longer, spend a bit more time with the characters, especially some of the "down time" before the actions starts for real. The good stuff: 1) I love the characters, especially Maya and Miranda. 2) The book hectic, there is always something going on. 3) It contains some good ideers that exaggerates everyday problems today and might be less exaggerated in the near future If you liked the first one you should give et a try. I might go as long as to say that book 2 is a better book that the first. Well at least as good and it is longer than the first, thus better?

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so immersive I forgot I wasn't real

I love this book I have already recomended it to several friends and family members.it had really interesting consents and a thrilling story. I found my self wanting to check the charictors instagram and then realising they weren't real a few times. I feel like this is a great was to engage with broad Internet consents and I will be listening to it or reading it again with a pen to take notes next time.

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Engaging and Thoughtful

A captivating story with timely criticism on social media, while providing surprisingly worthy insight on life as a human more generally. I enjoyed all narrators - the writing style worked phenomenally in audio format, I believe hearing their voices played a significant role in getting so fond of the characters.

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yes! please read this!

If you’re looking for a convincing review to encourage you to read this book or it’s predecessor, let it be this review. This book will envelope your consciousness and get you excited and critical reflection on the real world. All the while it maintains a beautiful expansion in its narrative on Green’s first book. Please, read it!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.