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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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Could not stop listening

Insanely engaging from beginning to end. I was scared it wouldn't be as good as the first book, but is it possible it was even better?

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Loved it!

I recommend this whole heartedly! very reflective and insightful. Warning for international listeners it is VERY American but once you move past that it has some great points that most people will be able to relate to.

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Fantastic

Big Hero Six meets Black Hole meets Sourdough meets Only Forward meets social media. Utterly enthralling indie characters, rollicking tale, enjoyed this immensely.

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Absolutely amazing.

This series is crazy good. So many twists. So many well written characters. Such a great plot idea and social/technological take on where our world is at or heading. I’ve told everyone that will listen that they should read this book.

My only complaint is that the audible chapters are named by the characters instead of being numbered. It was very hard to keep track of what chapter i was up to because of that.

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Beautiful

Loved it, as if that’s even a surprise. Hank writes so beautifully, and his stories always make me think.

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A fantastic story told by many voices

I couldn’t stop listening. The book is written from many characters perspective and each of them are voiced by a unique voice actor. The production of this is great. Will be listening to this a second time immediately.

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Another great book from Hank Green. Following on from the original book, it really developed all characters while sharing an important message. It rounded out the series nicely without feeling rushed or dragging on. All narrator choices were perfect and really added to the story without distracting from it.

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The perfect young adult story

You know how its easy to find books that resonate as a teenager, and then suddenly you're trying to read fiction for adults and its all like "i'm getting a divorce and I'm unhappy in my career". Well. This is the perfect story about strong, wonderful young adults doing cool stuff. Hank you're incredibly impressive and I hope you keep writing.

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I couldn't stop listening!

It's been a long time since I experienced a book I couldn't put down, but I started this in the morning and now it's 7am the next day and I listened to the whole thing without stopping. Satisfying conclusion, but I'm gonna be grieving the end of this series for a little while. Not ashamed to admit I cried

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  • Michael Flattery
  • 05-09-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-2020

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
  • 20-07-2020

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
  • 08-07-2020

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.

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  • BlueZoop
  • 22-01-2021

Great production and excellent narrators

I loved all the different narrators. The production value of this audiobook is really high, and I liked hearing from so many different characters and that they each have their own narrator. The story drew me in straight away and I loved seeing how Hank Green wrapped up April and Carl's story. Like the first book, it's really thought-provoking and makes some very insightful points about how social media and the internet have shaped our culture today.

The worst part of this audiobook was the conversation with Cory Doctorow at the end. I looked forward to hearing Hank's insights and thoughts about the book, but he barely spoke. It's not a conversation - Cory Doctorow barely gave the AUTHOR OF THE BOOK a moment to get a word in and speak about the book HE WROTE. It was like a 45-minute-long "this is more of a comment than a question" on the part of the interviewer. Super, super obnoxious.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-2021

HANK GREEN SUCKS

Hank Green has the audacity to write incredibly compelling human studies wrapped up in an exhaustively developed, intriguing soft sci-fi narrative.

This book has made me contemplate worth and value in life (ain't nobody got time for that)

And is a fantastic manifesto for creators and those hopeful for the future of the human condition. I am appalled that he isn't thinking about how busy and important we all are, and challenges our well worn routines and addictions to social media and Internet content.

In all seriousness, please write more. Absolutely loved these books and Hank Greens' voice (and others like him) are needed far more in the coming years/decades.

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 28-12-2020

A Brilliant Endeavor

I really enjoyed the sophomore novel of the magnanimous Hank Green. Chock full of a cast that seem to jump right off the page. This is a great book and a brilliant sequel.

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  • Monster
  • 23-10-2020

Beautiful, not too foolish, definitely an endeavou

I'm not even 3 hrs away from having read it and I'm tempted to read it again just to really dive into the story again!
Loved it (again, great work Hank!), i know i have my player set on higher speed but this was such an easy listen, as in i didnt loose focus (#adhdWhatsFocus), but this book and the podcast/interview at the end was sooo captivating, made you think 3rd thoughts, like most things you do Hank
DFTBA!

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  • Mim
  • 09-10-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-2020

Thought Provoking, Enthralling and Brilliant Perfo

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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  • Ben Smith
  • 13-08-2020

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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  • Shakaroo
  • 12-08-2020

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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  • Luke
  • 05-08-2020

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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  • MZeid
  • 03-08-2020

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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