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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Narrated by: Hank Green, Kristen Sieh
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)
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Summary

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green - cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers and SciShow - spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realising she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. 

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. 

News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an intense international media spotlight. Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are but what they want from us. 

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social Internet is changing fame, rhetoric and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanisation that follows a life in the public eye. 

©2018 Hank Green (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Hank freaking Green how have you done this to me??

I've so rarely felt so intrigued, called out, baffled, angry, comforted, and understood all at once as I did while reading this book. It truly is an absolutely remarkable thing (sorry).
Even through the voice of April, it felt like I could hear so much of Hank in there, perhaps because it felt so real it seemed as though it had to be an actual human person speaking to me. either way it was a fantastic listen and good company on long train rides.
Thank you.

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I love it

I love it sooo much. I don't know you but I want you to listen to it and love it too because that is what this book has inspired in me. Now I am going to listen to it again.

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Amazing debut book

I loved this book. It has great pacing that keeps you "turning the pages" from start to finish.

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easy listening but still interesting

narrator was great, storyline was really interesting, just sometimes felt like a 'young' book with some of the vocab
ending was brilliant though

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Strange story

I listened to the end despite finding it a pretty strange story all the way through. It is written in a very modern way with quite a lot of strong language which seems typical of young people today. This really isn't my type of story and, I suppose, a 60 year old man is probably not the expected reader/listener!

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Excellent Debut

I was not sure what I was going to think of this novel. I heard a lot of good things and it met those expectations.
Easily on a level with John Green but totally different style and topic. Well worth a listen with good performances.

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Loved it!

From the moment I started listening to it, i was hooked! shame about the cliff hanger though :( how am I supposed to wait for the next book now?!

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I just loved it, guys

Wow. Best read in a long time. Thrilling, touching, thought provoking- absolutely remarkable, I guess.

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Brilliant!

Both enjoyable and thought provoking. This is a well written and compelling story that shines a light on humanity to reveal the full spectrum of qualities that make us what we are.

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A great story about fame & humanity

Also, the narrator is FANTASTIC. Emthising voice acting without being cringy.
Provided me a lot to chew on about fame, collaboration and humanity. Well worth a listen.

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  • 04-10-18

Wow!

Holy shitballs Hank! You should be so proud. This was an amazing story and it was told so well. Kudos.

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  • Signe Lemhagen
  • 15-10-18

If you wanna have a good time (just give me a Carl?)

Holy shitballs! Sorry, I just finished reading and am still a bit caught up in the story. It’s a really exiting, can’t-put-it-down kind of book.
What I like most about it however is that it is the kind of art that helps you (or at least helped me) to think about and interact with complicated and heavy subjects. I’m glad so many people will read it because I’m gonna need to find someone to talk with about it all. It feels like a important book in how It could not have been written in any other time than now. Not just because of technology, but because of the challenges specific to our time.
And I liked the characters.
Glad I read it.

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  • Susanne
  • 25-09-18

DFTBA!

If you liked Sleeping Giants you're gonna love this book. It's entertaining and a great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-19

Very Realistic

Great story, good narrator. Are you a young person? This book is for you. This is probably the best depiction I've seen of people in their early 20s dealing with the realities of modern day life. The reflective way in which it is written really helps with that aesthetic. it also deals with things like fame and the internet in ways that are both realistic and contemporary. Excellent book, definitely recommend, particularly if you are in your 20s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-18

Modern, Relevant, Thought-provoking

This book was recommended to me by a close friend and I absolutely loved it. It's very cool to hear John Green's brother's voice for the first time and I must say Hank did a phenomenal job.

This book is cool because it's modern and relevant. Like with a lot of books I love, it really bends reality, is thought-provoking and makes you reconsider your values, beliefs and ways of thinking.

The ending is such a cliffhanger, I can't wait for the next book. Hurry up Hank!

Also, this is a great book for kids to read to force them to think differently and to understand the massive impact of the hyper tech, hyper social world they're growing up in. Highly recommend for teens to young adults to millennials.

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  • Tudor
  • 25-10-18

Maybe

A nice story but not a remarcable one.. As it is his first book looks promising

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-18

i love this Hank Green! Excited to finish it!!!

i am super excited to finish this book!! Nerdfighters all the way!^^Thanks for the book!

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  • Adithya
  • 03-10-18

An absolutely remarkable thing.

John Green did it. The book literally is absolutely remarkable. April May was an imperfect character and I loved it.

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