An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel

By Hank Green
Read by Kristen Sieh  and Hank Green

9.42 Hours 09/25/2018 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780525641780

  • ISBN: 9780525641780

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.

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Summary

Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for September

A Newsweek Pick of Best Books of September

A BN Book Club Pick

A Nylon Magazine Pick of Best New Books of the Month

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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] comic story about the ugly side of internet fame.” People
“A quirky millennial mix of sci-fi alien mystery, celebrity, and social media commentary.” Family Circle
“Wildly funny and thought-provoking.” Barnes&Noble.com
“A fun, contemporary adventure that cares about who we are as humans, especially when faced with remarkable events.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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

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