Listen free for 30 days

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains, where maybe he'll be safe.

Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.

Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell's best-selling Fangirl, Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

©2016 Rainbow Rowell (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

What listeners say about Carry On

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    382
  • 4 Stars
    103
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    361
  • 4 Stars
    90
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    342
  • 4 Stars
    89
  • 3 Stars
    36
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Possibly better for tweens

I'm a middle-aged woman, but I regularly enjoy audio books that are written for children and young adults. This time, however, I wasn't impressed. There are lots of mentions of incidents that happened in the years before this book, and there is an awful lot of tortured (and torturous) teen romance. The story itself seems to be told in between comments about past incidents and mooning over other students.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining, satirical and Super gay <3

I loved it. The voicing was perfect. Characterization (changes for the women and other men and all) was on point.

And I wish that there was more of Baz and Simon to read.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it.

The poetry in the mundane everyday. Witty & powerful in her telling of a story about life & things that happen to be.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Totally magical

I'd recommend this book to any Harry Potter fan or follower of Mike Carey's Unwritten series. Funny from start to finish, a really interesting take on the fictional physics of magic, the collective unconscious and the evolution of language. Some brilliant and obvious plot staples that hide in plain sight all the big twists and, cannot overstate by refreshing an LGBT+ fantasy novel. 10/10 will absolutely listen again.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Pretty good

It took a bit of time to hook me in. The writing left something to be desired and the voices for Simon and Baz were sometimes hard to distinguish. But all in all it was a good listen.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Listened to this book lots - objectivity's hard

I really really like 'Carry On' (all of Rainbow Rowell's books work well for me, but this is the perfect combination of plot, characters and romance - plus, it's gay, they're roommates, and Baz is a vampire). As a book, it's not perfect - which is why I've given it only 4 stars out of a possible 5 (but an overall score of 5/5 because I just love it).

That said, actually some of the things that I sort of like but I think people would quibble with in the text (like all the many many line breaks and broken sentences) are completely hidden in this version. And it's clear what Rowell is doing with her writing, in that it sounds completely natural read out.

The first time I listened to it, I thought the performance was only OK. I sort of wished that they'd cast two actors as Simon and Baz (I know there are other voices but these are the main two), and there are a few moments where big action is happening and the character voices are still quite flat, as though they're still bantering with each other. I do still think more could be done with these scenes from a direction point of view, but this is massively suppassed by the vast number of things that Euan Morton gets right (practically everything, all the voices are amazingly distinct - and the narration is as interesting as the dialogue, which is also delivered really well even though he's talking to himself). I could and have listened to him for hours.

I very much recommend getting this book - although I'd probably try Fangirl first.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

So good.

As much fun as reading the book. Really enjoyed it. Took a while to adjust to Simon's voice as it was gruffer than what I'd had in my head. But still excellent.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I love this book

I absolutely love this book!!! The plot is exciting and we'll thought out, but my favourite thing was the characters and their relationships, especially Simon and Baz

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Really enjoyed it!

Loved it so well done. As a Harry Potter and Fangirl fan I was a little scared I would be disappointed but I was not at all . It was great and I really liked Simon and Baz.

Rainbow Rowell is an amazing story teller.

When's the next one coming out?

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

bloody brilliant

honestly wasn't expecting this book to be as funny as it was! hasn't heard much about he book before reading but im so glad I did!
the narrator took a few chapters to get used to but the performance honestly made this book for me! I was well done and super funny!
simons dry wit was the mosy perfect thing!
10/10 reccomend!!!!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Christina
  • Christina
  • 31-08-17

Great narration

This book was a lot of fun. The twists and turns if the plot were a little *too* foregrounded, removing the element of surprise. But the characters were endearing and very well fleshed out, and I bought the romance wholesale. The re-imagining of chosen one narratives was fresh and enjoyable.

The brilliant narrator really gave each character a unique voice, which I wouldn't necessarily have done in my head if I read the text.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for orctimebabey
  • orctimebabey
  • 22-09-19

gr8 stuff loved the narrator

usually narrators make things a tad awkward with these kinda book but this 1 was gr8, im sure it helped that the book was already a fun n interesting read.