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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (540 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ned Vizzini Narrator: Andrew Eiden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780062210166
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Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine "Perry" Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin. But that isn't happening—not if his parents have anything to do with it. Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man. They want him to be outdoors playing with kids his own age and meeting girls—rather than indoors alone, with only his gaming alter ego for company. Perry knows he's in for the worst summer of his life.

Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. There he meets Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of C&C, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds more beautiful than any human girl he's ever met. Perry's new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero. But to save the princess, Perry will have to learn how to make real connections in the human world as well.

Bestselling author Ned Vizzini delivers a compulsively readable and wildly original story about the winding and often hilarious path to manhood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast-paced coming-of-age story with a fascinating premise which, to the great credit of the author, is seamless and strangely believable.”

    R.A. Salvatore, New York Times Bestselling author of Charon’s Claw 

  • The Other Normals is wildly imaginative, incredibly funny, and weirdly wise.”

    Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magician and The Magician King

  • “Through the protagonist’s incisive observations, rampant insecurities, and unapologetic embrace of nerd-culture, Vizzini depicts the teen male experience with authenticity and honesty.”

    Horn Book

  • “With a deft sense of humor and a keen ear for funny and realistic teen dialogue, Vizzini explores one teen everyman’s quest to become a hero, one roll of the six-sided die at a time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Perry is lovably awkward, and his goofy eagerness is offset by his bitingly funny observations.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 2/20/2014

    " I don't know much about role playing games and in this book Vizzini created a complicated one. At some points I was confused. I had trouble keeping track of the different types of creatures. Otherwise, the book was at first a little slow but picked up soon enough to be well liked. The main character, who alternates between Perry and Peregrine, is at first somewhat unlikeable. He's socially awkward and has no interest in doing anything but playing his RPGs. Honestly though, I don't blame him. His family dynamic is messed up. Anyway, his parents send him to camp in order to normalize his social behaviors. However, this is exactly the opposite of what happens, as he falls into a world much like those displayed in his games. He meets creatures and wants to stay in this alternate world but he has a mission. The end is a little bit surprising but also somewhat expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serina | 2/18/2014

    " mixed feelings...the reading was absorbing but it had alot of things that were obvious as far as the solution went. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mcquilzniaks | 2/11/2014

    " Cute book w a sense of humor about the other world and lessons to be learned about the other gender. Doesn't matter if you have a tail or a tshirt. Ready for part 2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jadah | 2/3/2014


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 1/15/2014

    " Really exciting, but at the end it got boring. A kid who plays RPGs is sent to summer camp. Turns out that his favorite game is based off an alternate universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2014

    " Just a little too much of the f word for me to really like it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colby | 1/1/2014

    " Sadly, this is the first book that Ned Vizzini has written that isn't worth your time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jorge Lozano | 12/11/2013

    " Loved it !!! Hope there is a sequel !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alsturg | 10/25/2013

    " Not a bad story, but a little simplistic. I was really hoping for a bit more depth however for my students that are just looking for a nice mildly funny action story it would be worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexa | 9/4/2013

    " This book reads liked a bad B movie...and not in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. I was looking forward to a book about people playing RPGs bring depicted in a positive way, which never quite happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dani | 8/16/2013

    " Kind of slow to start. But then quick to finish. Interesting idea and some funny moments so I can see this finding an audience regardless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 8/10/2013

    " Solid writing, but the ending was tied up a little too nicely with a bow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 11/7/2012

    " Although this book was quite different from the other ones that he's written, it still stayed loyal to the universal Ned Vizzini theme, and I appreciated that. "

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About the Author
Author Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini (1981–2013) began writing for New York Press at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, he had his first book published, Teen Angst? Naaah…. His book Be More Chill was the first young adult novel ever chosen as a Today Show Book Club pick, as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top Ten Books for 2004.

About the Narrator

Andrew Eiden, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor and voice artist. He has been acting since the age of four, working at regional theaters including La Mirada Theatre, the Glendale Center Theatre, and the Pasadena Playhouse. He has starred in dozens of national commercials, guest-spotted on numerous television shows, and has been a series regular on three programs: Discovery Channel’s Outward Bound, Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers, and most notably ABC’s Complete Savages