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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (301 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, read by Michael Crouch.

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is 16 and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal.... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

©2015 Becky Albertalli (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd

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AMAZING

I listened to this book after I watched the movie just the other day and the book and the story line is so much better than the movie. It's so engaging and it really made me feel like I was Simon. I was able to feel really connected to the charters but I thought Leah would have had more of a bigger role than she did. It was still amazing. I recommend this to anyone wanting a love story.

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Literally one of my favorite books ever!!

I absolutely consumed this book. I felt so connected to the characters. This is a freaking amazing book!!!

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Incredibly Entertaining and Relatable

This book was a joy to listen to. The narration was perfection and the whole coming out journey was incredibly similar to my own. For such a small story, it was done perfectly. A great read for everyone, particularly teenagers.

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  • Jo
  • Holland Park West, Australia
  • 05-05-2018

Fun Sappy Fluff

Having had a huge break in reading - particularly in the YA genre - this was a great book to ease back into a regular reading groove. It was light and goofy and fun with an enjoyable feel good ending.

There was maybe a wee bit too much sap towards the end, but not too much that I didn’t enjoy it.

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Amazing

An Important story with an incredible structure. Excellent story. Excellent performance. Recommend for anyone. This is an accurate story of teenage life.

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Underwhelming

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book was really underwhelming. I saw the movie first and thought it was mediocre so I was interested to see how the book differed and read all the extra little details. After reading this, I think the movie was a lot better. I didn't find any of the characters relatable, they came across in the book as completely self absorbed and pretentious and the story itself was far less engaging.

Has Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda put you off other books in this genre?

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Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Crouch’s performances?

sure

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Great love story / coming of age story

Absolutely loved the way this story was told! great narrator and very well written. Could really imagine how he felt.

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Loved it

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I could not have loved this book more. It was the perfect balance of adorable and funny. Completely impossible to put down.

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Raw, real and emotional

It’s amazing how reading (or in this case listening)about someone’s struggle to share their identity really makes you reflect on your own.

Becky Albertalli captures the struggle to be vulnerable and share oneself with others perfectly.

Look forward to reading Book 2 next month

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absolutely loved this book and the narrator

love love loved it, brilliantly written and the narrator was clear and very easy to listen to.

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  • Ally
  • 12-02-2018

So cute!

Sweet story. Nice to listen to. Made me smile stupidly constantly while I was listening.

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  • Hsinju
  • 20-04-2018

bursting with rainbow happiness

This book is very cute and enjoyable. I couldn't stop myself from crying and smiling during some emotionally tugging scenes.

Becky did a wondrous job at getting into Simon’s head, and Michael was equally amazing at bringing out Simon's emotions through narration.

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  • nemanja
  • 30-12-2017

Nothing impreasive

Dont mean to be rude but this is just a time killer beach book, nothing profound. I don't know if its cause i just read "Call me by your name" but this left me somewhat irritated for its narration and vocabulary of fifteen year old mediocre-intelligent girl.

Also reading from who is it and to whom is it to every email is superfluous.

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  • Linda
  • 18-01-2018

Simon vs the homosapien agenda

I really loved this book, and found it extremely hard to stop listening. I love the ending and most things in the story, besides the outing and friendship drama. However, it's set in high school concerning teenagers so drama is to be expected. I found myself relating to Simon a lot and was grinning like a fool in most things concerning him and Blue. It's all very sweet.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Naomi Shepherd
  • 22-02-2018

My new favourite book

During listening to this i smiled, laughed, squealed and sat tense. I listened at every possible moment, very relatable. Definitely recommend.

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  • Drew
  • 13-02-2019

Different From The Film

When a good story is read by a good narrator it takes the joy of listening to a book to another level. I first listened to this book just before going to the cinema to see the film when it was released. Usually a film is a let down compared to the book, but this one wasn’t. But hey, that’s a whole other review.

The story was as easy to follow as it was so well written and narrated. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, and quite a few chuckles thrown in for good measure.

I thought that the narrator Michael Crouch did a wonderful job, he had the perfect voice for the story, and that to me was the reason I gave this review five stars.

This is definately a book that you can listen to more than once. I've heard it twice and I suspect I'll be happy to hear it again at some point in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2019

Such a good book!

I watch the film on my way back from America and I loved it so when I saw the book on hear I thought why not and i enjoyed the book way more than i enjoyed the film.... not to say that I won't watch the film again! so if you watch the film and you liked it then I guarantee you will enjoy this book!

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  • Lee
  • 28-12-2018

It feels real like not even fiction.

It's written like a true perspective of what's its like to be a homosexual today.

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  • Dragonoxo
  • 24-12-2018

Best book I’ve read all year

And I’ve read a lot of books. Heartwarming and sweet, and so important. I watched the film before I read this, and the story is slightly different but I love both equally. The performance is great, there’s nothing I don’t love.

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  • Sophie
  • 19-12-2018

Very engaging and sweet story

I would definitely recommend this for romance fans, especially those looking for a LGBT romance

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-2018

Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh.

So I watched the film when it came out in cinemas. I was like “this is the best film I’ve ever watched!” I must’ve watched it at least 20 times. And then I was talking to my English teacher about it, and she said the book is really good. I had a credit so I thought I’d listen to it instead. And let me tell you, I don’t think a book has ever made me cry, laugh, grin, blush, swoon and relate so much in my entire life! This is way better than the film, and I 100% recommend for a good love story when you’re feeling down.

•the narrator’s voice is kind of annoying at first but you get used to it and it becomes super relaxing!

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  • Dc
  • 14-11-2018

excellent!

Well worth a listen, much better than the film. Brilliantly read and extremely captivating... You won't be disappointed.

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  • Martin Houghton-Brown
  • 10-09-2018

Millennial storytelling at its best

This character filled reading transports you to Simon’s soul, not just a retelling of thoughts, hopes and fears but a gentle window on to this teenagers soul. His angst and adolescent tantrums mixed with his warmth, adventure and eventual journey of self discovery is meaningful and believable. The only challenge is that you really don’t want the story to end.