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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Narrated by: Hank Green, Kristen Sieh
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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Timely, thrilling and incisive

Couldn't ask for a better exploration of the extent to which social media has exploded the cult of personality, in turn rewriting the norms of established media and political discourse (for the worse). Also there are aliens in it.

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This novel is an absolutely remarkable thing

Characters are flawed, yet lovable and relatable. Its rare that despite not supporting a characters every action you understand why they are doing what they do as its always in line with their established character. Story kept me hooked to the end.

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Amazing. Vibrant story. Well told. 10/10

I loved this book. Perfect mix of internet-ness and scientific stuff. Thanks hank green

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great mystery, character's hard to like

Wanted to first say that Kristen Sieh does an excellent job at bringing the story to life.
the book is ok. the ideas presented kept me reading. there's a great mystery here with the carls. it's part science fiction, part critique on social media and fame culture. But! I did find the characters here really difficult to like. I found them too wround up with their current problems & I find it difficult how they could continue in any sequel.

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Hank Green can write.

1. I just could never really move past the name April May. I'm not sure if there was some deeper meaning that just went over my head, but aesthetically I just couldn't forgive it.
2. Outside of that, the characters were really wonderfully crafted. They were real, they were both likeable and not, they were both good and bad, they made both good and bad decisions.
3. I could never quite make up my mind as to whether or not I actually liked it, but either way, I couldn't stop reading.
4. It made very astute and confronting observations about the state of the world and humanity (though those did sometimes feel like they'd been unceremoniously wedged into an otherwise well-moving story).
5. The ending?!

I feel unsatisfied, but I think that's only due to the lack of conclusion at the end...in the way that I want a sequel more than the story was actually unsatisfied. I enjoyed reading it. It was a really interesting story, which served as a pretty effective vehicle for some harsh truths and shrewd insights on the world we're living in.

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  • Patrick
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • 07-10-2018

far out

I hated April the whole book, maybe because she reflected what I hate about myself. Either way it was a very well written book, even if I can't say I enjoyed it.

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Amazing! Hank Green is a genius

Amazing book. April-May is a fantastic character and everyone should read it! Amazing amazing amazing

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Astounding

Hank Green has already proved that he has a deep and nuanced understanding of the human condition through his work in the world. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a culmination of this and it is a rich and beautiful story which is both unbelievable and also the most true to humanity of any book I have read in recent times. Accompanied by a fabulous performance by Kristen Sieh and Hank himself, this is book that everyone should read.

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  • 04-10-2018

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
  • 15-10-2018

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
  • 25-09-2018

DFTBA!

If you liked Sleeping Giants you're gonna love this book. It's entertaining and a great read

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  • Lior
  • 16-04-2019

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
  • 11-04-2019

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
  • 30-01-2019

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
  • 15-12-2018

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
  • 25-09-2018

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
  • 25-10-2018

Maybe

A nice story but not a remarcable one.. As it is his first book looks promising

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  • Adithya
  • 03-10-2018

An absolutely remarkable thing.

John Green did it. The book literally is absolutely remarkable. April May was an imperfect character and I loved it.

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  • izzy
  • 29-10-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-2018

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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  • Liam McDonald
  • 29-09-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-2019

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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  • Leah Caffrey
  • 08-02-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-2018

I just loved it, guys

Wow. Best read in a long time. Thrilling, touching, thought provoking- absolutely remarkable, I guess.

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  • Guildford Chris
  • 07-12-2018

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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  • L. Stephenson
  • 09-11-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2018

amazing!

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

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  • Cally Sharman
  • 19-10-2018

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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