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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

Series: The Carls, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Peter Hansen
  • 31-07-2020

Hard to finde a place to take a brake!

The book continues the story from the first book, this time with more characters.

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The character Andy has changed narrator I like both, but I think the narrators should be the same for both books.
And that is har to change now. Maybe the narration of the first book could be updated!

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The chapter names contains spoilers, and do to the naming it is also very hard to find where in the book you are.
At least add a number to the chapter names, and maybe hide the rest of the chapter names in audible the first time you listen to the book.

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I do not understand way the book has two parts, but one part would be better.

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I would have liked it to be a bit longer, spend a bit more time with the characters, especially some of the "down time" before the actions starts for real.

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I love the characters, especially Maya and Miranda.

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The book hectic, there is always something going on.

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It contains some good ideers that exaggerates everyday problems today and might be less exaggerated in the near future

If you liked the first one you should give et a try.
I might go as long as to say that book 2 is a better book that the first. Well at least as good and it is longer than the first, thus better?

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  • Jasmin
  • 28-07-2020

so immersive I forgot I wasn't real

I love this book I have already recomended it to several friends and family members.it had really interesting consents and a thrilling story. I found my self wanting to check the charictors instagram and then realising they weren't real a few times. I feel like this is a great was to engage with broad Internet consents and I will be listening to it or reading it again with a pen to take notes next time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-2020

Engaging and Thoughtful

A captivating story with timely criticism on social media, while providing surprisingly worthy insight on life as a human more generally. I enjoyed all narrators.

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  • Holly Nicholls
  • 23-07-2020

yes! please read this!

If you’re looking for a convincing review to encourage you to read this book or it’s predecessor, let it be this review. This book will envelope your consciousness and get you excited and critical reflection on the real world. All the while it maintains a beautiful expansion in its narrative on Green’s first book. Please, read it!

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  • Jonathon
  • 17-07-2020

Beautifully Remarkable

Such a great plot. Such great themes. Has given me so much to think about. This is the book I will want everyone to listen to this year.

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  • Amise
  • 16-07-2020

Thought-provoking

A thoughtful and thought-provoking sequel. An interesting look at the social space and new tech. Also a great read/ listen and exciting story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-2020

Can't wait to re-listen!

if you have any doubts, just give it a listen, you won't be disappointed! Great job Hank and everyone else involved :)

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  • Sam Goodwin
  • 12-07-2020

An incredible story!

All other books that has multiple voice actors in I've read before have always been very bad and poorly put together. But this was 100% amazing!
It is a great follow on to the previous book and not only entertains my mind with so much to keep up with in the plot but has given me a lot to think about about our real wourld! Mainly about our future and how we will construct it but also about now and human psychology in a society. Loved it to bits!