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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

A Novel
Autor: Hank Green
Serie: The Carls, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 25 Min.
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The instant number-one New York Times best seller

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green - co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow - spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing 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 center 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 radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.  

The beginning of an exciting fiction career, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a bold and insightful novel of now.

©2018 Hank Green (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a thrilling journey that takes a hard look at the power of fame and our willingness to separate a person from the brand. Green manages to blend humor, mystery, and science-fiction in his fast-paced debut novel.” (Associated Press)

“A deceptively romp-y novel about mysterious samurai alien robot statues appearing all at once, everywhere that has hidden and absolutely remarkable depths.... Green's understanding of the power and limits of social media is incomparable; what Douglas Coupland did for the elation and misery of the tech-bubble with Microserfs, Green does for YouTubers and other social media stars. It makes for a novel that's always charming, always fast-paced, but which is sneakily and uncomfortably ambivalent about the things it celebrates. It gallops to a startling and great ending (I read it all in one sitting) and lingers afterwards.” (Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing)

“[An Absolutely Remarkable Thing] is perhaps as honest a look as we will ever get into the phenomenon of cyberfame, and Green balances this careful introspection with a plotline that is both fun and mysterious, puzzling, and compelling.... Green quickly proves himself adept not only at playing into our 2018 anxiety and love/hate relationship with social media, but also at driving suspense, world-building, and a true love for science-fiction.” (Bookreporter)

“Led by an earnestly flawed, bisexual heroine with direction and commitment issues, coupled with an abundant generosity of spirit, this read is timely and sorely needed. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal, starred review) 

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Whaaaat

I truly don’t enjoy science-fiction or fantasy but THIS WAS BANANAS. It took me only one and a half days to listen to it. Way to go, Hank! I can highly recommend it. DFTBA

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Gutes Buch, Audioqualität meh

Really solid debut novel from Hank Green. I didn't ever buy into the premise, but the observations about how social media changes the way humans interact are astute and I'm sure partially based on real life experience. This and the well-drawn, complex characters are what really rings true and kept me listening. Unfortunately I found the audio quality disappointing and it was what kept ruining the immersion. I'm used to audiobooks sounding like the words just appear, crystal-clear, in my brain. This one had quite noisy "s" and "sh" sounds. Not what I would expect from a brand spanking new recording. I even got the other version available on Audible too to see if it was any better, but I don't think there was a difference.

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love the book and the audiobook is awesome aswell!

the story is fantastic and the narrator just adds something even more awesome to the story

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insights into personality, not much scifi.

nice listen with good insights into personality and fame.
not much scifi elements. if you look for hard scifi, this might be the wrong book.