An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel

By Hank Green
Read by Kristen Sieh  and Hank Green

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780525641780

  • ISBN: 9780525641780

Runtime: 9.42 Hours
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller

A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Fiction

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for September

A Newsweek Pick of Best Books of September

On the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2018

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A BN Book Club Pick

A Nylon Magazine Pick of Best New Books of the Month

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.

The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a ten-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--from Beijing to Buenos Aires--and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure 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 for 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s good stuff. Fun and full of truth.” Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A quirky millennial mix of sci-fi alien mystery, celebrity, and social media commentary.” Family Circle
With this comic story about the ugly side of Internet fame, Green gives his brother...a run for his money. People
“Existential questions born of online stardom figure prominently in Mr. Green’s debut novel. Wall Street Journal
“Kristen Sieh’s breezy narration fits the fast pacing of the story and the quick wit of self-absorbed, acerbic April May…Green himself delivers the surprising final chapter. Though marketed as an adult novel, this also has great YA appeal. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Hank Green, super-vlogger and brother to YA legend John, pens the heart-warmer An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Cosmopolitan
Packed with meditations on the nature of celebrity, social media, and the cultural response to the unknown. Harper’s Bazaar
“Sparkling with mystery, humor and the uncanny, this is a fun read. But beneath its effervescent tone, more complex themes are at play. San Francisco Chronicle
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
[Green] applies wit, affection, and cultural intelligence to a comic sci-fi novel....A fun, contemporary adventure that cares about who we are as humans, especially when faced with remarkable events. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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)
“Green makes an entertaining book debut in this fast-paced, witty first contact novel…At once funny, exciting, and a tad terrifying, this exploration of aliens and social media culture is bound to have wide appeal to readers interested in either theme. Booklist (starred review)
Green’s debut novel is an adventurous romp that combines science fiction and interpersonal drama to explore identity, relationships, a polarized world and the influence of media and popular opinion. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a fun, fast read that invites readers to contemplate their position in the modern world. BookPage
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is an extremely fun read. At every turn, you’ll be dying to know what happens next. Hello Giggles
“Both thought-provoking and entertaining… a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced story that is just plain fun to read. Shelf Awareness
“Wildly funny and thought-provoking.” Barnes&Noble.com
“Surprises in its willingness to delve into the unknown and the unknowable, exploring how modern internet fame twists and chops reality and peoples’ lives via the story of twenty-something April May. B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“Funny, thrilling, and an absolute blast to read. I knew Hank would be good at this, but I didn't know he would be this good on the first try. John ScalziNew York Times bestselling author and Hugo Award winner
“By turns joyful, devastating, personal, zeitgeisty, modern, classic, fast-paced, and thoughtful, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing blew me away with its fresh take on first contact in this fragile, ever-connected world we live in. Quick but never shallow, it will stand as a snapshot of an era as well as just a darn good read. Catherynne M. Valente, author of The Refrigerator Monologues and Space Opera
“Hank Green hasn't just written a great mystery adventure (though he has), and he hasn't just written the most interesting meditation on the internet and fame I've ever seen (but he did that too), Hank has written a book in which the page-turning story and the fascinating ideas inform and support each other. This book expands your mind while taking you on a hell of a ride. Joseph Fink, author of Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead
“A fun, contemporary adventure that cares about who we are as humans, especially when faced with remarkable events.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Hank Green

Hank Green is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. He is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting the Washington Post to name him “one of America’s most popular science teachers.” Complexly’s videos have been viewed more than two billion times on YouTube. He also cofounded a number of other small enterprises, including DFTBA.com and the Project for Awesome, which last year raised more than two million dollars for charities, including Save the Children and Partners in Health.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 9.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English