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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rob Thomas Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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By his senior year, Steve York has come through the worst two years of his life. His parents have divorced, and his girlfriend has betrayed him. Worse yet, after running away to live with his mother in San Diego, forays into the drug culture have turned his A-average into a thing of the past. Steve's only hope to graduate on time and avoid summer school is to write a 100-page paper for his guidance counselor. Unfortunately, he has to write about something he knows, and all he knows well are the last two years of his life. Will his assignment help Steve pull his life back together - or cast him adrift for good?

In Rats Saw God, Rob Thomas makes a remarkable debut into the young adult fiction world. With stunning insight and biting humor, he examines the pain and awkwardness of growing up. Johnny Heller's impassioned reading brilliantly illuminates this story of one teenager's search for identity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corine | 2/19/2014

    " This book was about teenage boy named Steven York who is failing High school, he know learns he has to write a one- hundredth page paper or he'll flunk. Throughout his journey he discovers himself as a person, and discovers that he needs to change his ways of living to move on in life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Reeves | 2/9/2014

    " Rob Thomas is an incredible author. Each sentence is written so exquisitely. Great contemporary YA novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/31/2014

    " It was hard for me to get into this book at first; the slow beginning and my short attention span meant I had to keep forcing myself to read what was on the page in front of me. The characters didn't hook me in immediately, but somewhere along the way I got addicted to the story, and I'm really glad I stuck with it because it was definitely a very rewarding read. It was engaging, thought-provoking, and so true to life that I would've believed it to be nonfiction. I especially appreciated that Rob Thomas throws a curveball at you in the final pages, which I really thought made the book worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deidre | 1/29/2014

    " My favorite book of all time (so far). I love it and read it every year. It's a perfect coming of age story for teens and young adults. Set in the early 90's and full of angst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Vandybogurt | 1/26/2014

    " This is a fantastic book. Highly intelligent Steve York puts his life back together, after his first love broke his heart, with the help of his high school guidance counselor. He learns a lot about himself and his family. It's a terrific book for teenagers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren Berry | 1/16/2014

    " I wasnt too interested in this book, and the font changes hurt my eyes and made me not want to continue reading. Overall, it was an ok story, but honestly the font distracted me from retaining much of what I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 orangerful | 1/15/2014

    " Second Thomas book I read, don't remember much about it except that I didn't like the main character at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathleen | 1/6/2014

    " Story itself was great. Would have rated higher but for explicit content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vasil Kolev | 12/8/2013

    " This is a classic young adult book, but written better than most of the genre. Sounds a lot better and a lot more real than the rest of them, too. Manages to be very good in its very short form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 11/5/2013

    " another in the genre of journal entries as novel and guidance counselor as savior:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin Reade | 7/14/2013

    " great book. I read it in High School, and I thought it was the cat's pajamas. Loaned it to everyone I knew and never heard a bad word about it. Still resides on my bookshelf years later. I read it sometimes. It remains a personal favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 6/14/2013

    " Maaaaajor flashback to the early nineties. This is pretty great YA, and I'm sure a book that would appeal to male readers. But what I liked best about it was the references to bands and popular culture of the early nineties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/26/2013

    " A teenage boy who finds himself and repairs his relationship with his dad through writing his personal story for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Vincent | 5/6/2013

    " One of my favorite books since high school! Everyone should read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Moss | 12/3/2012

    " The writing was okay but I didn't find the story particularly compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 11/9/2012

    " Excellent writing, funny, intelligent narrator, great characters, well-protrayed and complex family relationships. Male protagonist, outsiders, pot smoking, romance, divorce. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Aker | 10/20/2012

    " I like this story because it can be the life and struggles of any typical teen boy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis Neal | 9/3/2012

    " Pretty good. Lots of teen angst, but Rob Thomas knows what he's doing. I still like Veronica Mars better, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alarra | 8/22/2012

    " Decent read, but I was a bit distracted by seeing where a lot of Veronica Mars elements came from, and how the tv series did it better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delia | 8/12/2012

    " Practically perfect in every way! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2012

    " I heart almost anything Rob Thomas does. This was a decent book. You gotta love any kind of teen novel that educates about Dadaism. The main character's voice is strong and believable. You definitely see the end coming, but still the character doesn't. It breaks your heart for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 11/13/2011

    " This is a strong coming of age story. The characters and situations are so spot-on that reading it is like being transported right back to high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Esker | 9/7/2011

    " Very realistic. Put me right back in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 5/20/2011

    " great book. I read it in High School, and I thought it was the cat's pajamas. Loaned it to everyone I knew and never heard a bad word about it. Still resides on my bookshelf years later. I read it sometimes. It remains a personal favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/8/2011

    " I don't know why I picked this book up at the Library,old goat that i was then and far more older now
    but it brough back those old teen feelings.
    Great book about growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/2/2011

    " Steve York is a troubled senior who accepts an assignment to write 100 pages to avoid summer school and graduate. He writes autobiographically and begins to come to terms with his relationship with his famous astronaut father and a breakup with his first girlfriend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/29/2011

    " The first book I ever recommended to a teen. Sharing it with her gave me my first clue that I might want to be a librarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/16/2010

    " Good YA nicely set in place and time. No surprising subject matter--young outlier boy with daddy issues has heart broken, emerges intact--but it's all handled well. Doesn't hurt that, as Houston book, it all feels very familiar to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrinne | 11/17/2010

    " The book took forever to finish and had very few interesting parts ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 9/9/2010

    " My son had to read for school so I gave it read also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 6/29/2010

    " A bit cliche as a teen has to relive the past years in order to graduate by completing a writing assignment that then becomes a deep introspection as to what went right and wrong with girls, parents, family, and friends. "

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About the Author
Author Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas is the creator of the television series Veronica Mars and the co-creator of the television series Party Down. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children. He hasn’t fully recovered from Ray Allen’s three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.