• Go the Distance

  • By: Jen Calonita
  • Narrated by: Amanda Troop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (367 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 11th installment in the New York Times best-selling A Twisted Tale series asks: What if Meg had to become a Greek god? 

After Hercules proves he's a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can't be with Hercules because she's, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus - as a god. All Meg has to do is complete a mysterious quest. 

The mission? Oh, just to rescue her ex's current wife from the Underworld. The ex-boyfriend she saved by selling her soul to Hades. The ex-boyfriend who immediately moved on to someone else while she was stuck in the Underworld. Can Meg put her past behind her and use her quick-wit to defeat monsters and gods alike, including the nefarious Hades? Will she finally figure out her place and contribution to the world? Or will her fear of commitment have her running away from an eternity of godhood with Herc? 

Written by the author of Mirror, Mirror and Conceal, Don't Feel, Jen Calonita's latest twist is sure to delight and surprise.

©2021 Jen Calonita (P)2021 Disney Hyperion

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Disappointing. Who is this character?

I wanted to like this book, especially after hearing so many people say they loved it. Hercules is one of my favorite Disney movies. But this book was just... not good. Considering it's supposed to be a "continuation" of what happened at the end of the movie, the details of Meg's life and her relationships with Hercules and Hades are not consistent with what we know, which bothered me to no end every time something didn't follow the movie. Meg is supposed to be sassy, tough, and resourceful. I don't know who the Meg in this book is; she is not logical or witty, she is impulsive, and she spends way more time focused on Hercules than she does on why she is trying to complete her quest. It does not help that it seems like the narrator saw Hercules once as a kid and went, "Yeah, I can do those voices." Meg sounds like a valley girl, and most of the male characters all sound the same (even the same bad New York accent). For some reason Phil calls her "Red", even though he never called her that in the movie, and she calls Pegasus "Peg". There is also a huge overuse in the beginning of the nickname "Wonder Boy", I was considering taking a drink every time it popped up. I even had to stop listening to this for several weeks before deciding to power through it. I'm glad some people enjoyed this book, but I am not impressed with it at all.

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Just Magical

Just the fact there's a story of an alternate ending caught my eye.
You won't be disappointed

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amazing

very well read. Love the different voices.
Keeps in interested through the whole story!!
Would listen again and again

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fantastic

everything over all was amazing. loved it all. if you love Hercules, you'll love this.

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  • k
  • 09-23-21

A continuation of a beloved movie

The narrator did a great job making the voices different from one another. I loved the sassiness of Meg you see in the movie come out in the book. If you enjoyed the animated version of Hercules then you will enjoy this too. It was interesting to see how the author created different scenarios. There was clear foreshadowing as you ask yourself why do they keep mentioning that, but that was part of the fun you didn't know what was coming, but could make predictions. I enjoyed it. Good clean fun.

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Best Narration I've Heard

What more can I say? The best and most expressive narration I've heard in my life. I've been listening to books all summer and this was the most enjoyable

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really made it's point right in the 1st chapter

It really made the point right in the 1st chapter. Instead of Zeus saying yes like in the movie he said no, Which puts Meg on a epic quest to become a god in which we learn things about her backstory that probably wouldn't be in the movie in the 1st place. The narrator narrated things perfectly and puts you right in the shoes of Meg.

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amazing

I enjoy this book so much. perfect outline of the story. now if only disney picks this up and makes a movie out of it.

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very good!!

This was a fantastic story. The reader is very good and captivating. I was very impressed.

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I would recommend.

This was my first book in the series and I really enjoyed it. All the characters were captured well and I'm happy they introduced Persephone and would love to hear more of that relationship.

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  • Laura
  • 06-28-22

Amazing

Always wanted a Meg story, and this one wasnt dispointing, dramatic, heart breaking and thoughtful.

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  • Memefayehindle
  • 03-17-22

disney

love disney love doing the twisted tales 😍 can't wait for the rest love it 😍

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  • Mikey
  • 01-15-22

pretty good

Loved the story the plot etc .... could use some sound effects for a better immersion into the story also
It was read quite slowly but turned the speed up so not a problem

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  • J+S
  • 05-15-21

Loved it

I absolutely loved this book. The story was amazing and the reading was fab as well as it gave the book depth and personality. Such a great read!!

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  • meghan
  • 04-07-21

Not sure how to feel about this

It was OK. The voice over was all over the place with accents and weird inflections, and made it seem far more childish than it needed to be.
The writing itself was questionable with odd bits of phrases taken from the movie and used over and over again in stange ways. Hercules just seems to say 'Meg!' 50% of the time and has no real personality. Still nice to see she has a back story of some sort