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As a fan of the podcast, I truly wanted to enjoy this book. As it stands, this cannot stand up to the podcast. Maybe 30 minute segments are better to the narrator than a 10+ hour book.
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What was most disappointing about Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor ’s story?
I had heard a lot about Night Vale, and was really interested in diving into a different style of storytelling. This is a case where what may be great as vignettes just does not translate well to a book. I still want to listen to the shorts, but unless there is a massive repository of inside jokes that I am just not cueing in on, I am not sure why this received such a massively positive response.
Listening to this book was how I imagine I would feel if I wallpapered my house with Dali paintings. Surrealism is great, but more so in small doses as a contrast to reality. Welcome to Night Vale as a book spends most of its energy on reinforcing the idea of how quirky it is, like a trope of a college performance art piece. And like those pieces, I feel like the implied response to this complaint is that I just don't "get it".
I developed no empathy for the characters, and spent most of the book hoping more time would be spent on the news updates or strange happenings. Will still try out the shorts, but probably not anything that requires serious plot/character development from this author.
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