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Carry On

Narrated by: Euan Morton
Series: Simon Snow, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Loved it.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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an overall solid listen with brilliant narration

'Carry On' is a cute little story that brings a few new original ideas to the table, and despite the familiar setting of a chosen one at a magical school, the story adds enough elements (like actual gays) that you soon forget the jk rowling in the room. Some of the story beats could have used a bit more development, and while I'm not really interested in listening to the sequel, it works well enough as a stand alone story. The narrator was fantastic, managing to make each character feel unique and alive, and all in all, makes 'Carry On' feel fresh and engaging.

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I liked it

it was a good book, and great to listen to, very swishy.
I liked baz

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lovely little magical break from heteronormativity

if your niche is queer angsty harry potter with an anti-authoritarian twist then this will bring you joy

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  • 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.

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  • 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.