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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Narrated by: Hank Green, Kristen Sieh
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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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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Amazing!!

I avoided this book for a while, I know of hank green and I know that he is internet famous. I know that he could get a publishing deal, and that people would buy his book regardless of how good the content was. So it didn’t feel credible. I was so wrong. This book was fantastic, I finished it in just a few days. I stayed up until 3am to listen to the last 4 hours of it. The story line is brilliant, so entertaining and with great plot twist. The way the book is written lets you know there’s more surprises to come, and keeps you anticipating. There was no point in the book I felt bored with the story or at a stale point. Every bit felt interesting and important and as if it was building towards something bigger. With a book that built so much anticipation I was worried the ending would let me down. It didn’t. I really hope Hank continues this story.

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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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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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Fantastic

A truly remarkably well written and performed story of first contact in this moment today. It feels true and vital in ways these types of stories rarely do. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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amazing!

i could hardly put it down! an AMAZING mystery that had me hooked from the start

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Perfect

I loved it from start to finish, and Hank Green's narrated section pulled on the heart strings so hard

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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
  • 30-06-19

A great story.

I loved every minute of it. It gives us a peek into the life of the Internet and how fame can change us.

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  • Lior
  • 16-04-19

Recommendable

I enjoyed that story. There is no long prelude, it goes right to the action. There is always things happening and yet I got more and more excited towards the end.

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  • net
  • 11-04-19

It was fun

Very contemporery. Interesting ideas, light read. The narrator(s) did a good job. Still don't know why people will take that much interest in April but yep...very nice

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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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  • 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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  • 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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