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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of the Commune series and All Gifts Bestowed comes this mind-bending new science fiction novel.

As a high school sophomore, Aiden Kelly's biggest problems should be his failing grades, his abusive father, being a self-proclaimed loner, or getting pummeled by the football team. Instead, Aiden's number one dilemma is a guy named Tony, a senior who seems to know all sorts of things that should be impossible to know.

Oh, and he may also be a sociopath. So, you know: No. Big. Deal.

When Aiden crosses Tony's path in the vice-principal's office, they form a mysterious connection, and only Tony knows the truth about it. But as their friendship grows, the strings of destiny tying their lives together slowly begin to unravel with deadly consequences.

Now, Aiden must decide which is worse: to return to his degenerate, loner existence, or experience the friendship of a lifetime - where one of them might not survive.

With a heavy foot grounded in realism and characters that leap out of the audio, Something No One Knows is perfect for fans of The OA, Sense8, and The Butterfly Effect.

©2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

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  • 06-21-20

Best yet from JG

A tremolo that grows into a bittersweet gail. This story starts slow and builds relentlessly towards an oddly disjointed conclusion that somehow works. Without explaining this sentimental story, it differs from JG's other novels. Where Commune explores resilience and the toll it takes, Udo and Gifts the cost of belief; "Something" examines the rewards of of each.

While topographically and semantically unrelated to Steven Kings 11.22.63, I felt this story held much in common with its core themes. If that story touched you, this is for you.

There are a few plot gaps, unreconciled threads and a finale that felt a little more like an epilogue than an ending. Though I could argue given the nature of the story and the characters, it made sense. I missed RC Bray's performance, but the actors were superb and I'll not be able to recall this story without hearing their voices as proper and right.

JG - this is a beautiful novel that demonstrates your ability to spin yarns that are diametrically opposed from one another, while each remaining unforgettable. Thank you.

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On and on I listened

Interesting most of the time but tediously drawn out and almost boring. I ploughed thro some rather than exciting and well written stuff to get truely over the continual shifts and changes to plot and characters towards the end. Probably got more out of the ending - well relief the craziness and drawn out whatever was over

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From commune to this is a complete joke.

Wtf give me my time back. I am a huge fan but I won’t be blindly getting your next book.

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Moving, Feeling Will Be Had

I have come to love the writing style of Josh Gayou. Has a way of making character development interesting. His style is usually in a first person narrative format and when he does that he shines. This book is not Commune or Udo the Digger. This book is about people and it has an interesting scifi twist that doesn't overshadow the characters who you will empathize with. Gayou taps into all of our formative years in high school. He adds a coming of age story that at times feels so personal I wanted to tell the character it would be OK. Just as I started to empathize with Aidan and worried he would become a school shooter, in came Tony. I felt for Tony. His last letter to Karen was amazing. As I fell into the writing and the heartbreak excellently narrated by the trio of actors(actress) I was surprised how much I needed to hear more about them to make sure they made it.

It isnt a simple story. It is deep, beautiful, and deserves the credit it is due. Josh Gayou's stories are inventive and human, which is what draws me to his characters, even those as alien as Udo or as sociopathic as Jake.

I would give this book 10 stars if I could.

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Thank you Joshua Gayou

I have listened to over 220 books in the last 4 years and nothing has moved me quite like this coming of age story. This book is very relatable and I went through many similar experiences as these young adults. Joshua Gayou's ability to develop characters reminds of Stephen King. Great company to be in.

Thank you, I look forward to your next.



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ponderous

I had a headache after 4chapters. couldn't listen any more reading a journal isn't exciting

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When will this story end?

This story wanders aimlessly. The anxiety of teenage years is nicely portrayed, but value is buried under illogical and unbelievable plot.

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Caliber of "A Prayer for Owen Meany"

First time ever writing a review. This was a special book and performance. The perspectives of the characters, their language, their existentialist flavor led me to thoughts and feelings of my first John Irving novel. Incredible work Joshua. Should you choose to write and publish more. I shall purchase and read more. This is a very good author stretching his stride after 3 miles of warmup trotting and nowhere near full sprint. Listeners will be most rewarded for their time spent.

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A great ORIGINAL story

It’s so rare to read/listen to a story and really feel like it is original. I bought this book with fairly high expectations because I am a big fan of the author’s previous work, and it actually exceeded them. A truly great story, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I rarely review anything, not books, amazon purchases, or Airbnb’s. But I had to put in my 2 cents for this book. Buy it, then get Commune, his first book. You won’t regret it.

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It takes a while for this inventive, sentimental coming of age story to get going, but it is worth the investment. The characters are interesting and relatable; I found it easy to empathize with them. The cast of narrators were excellent. I was provided a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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  • 10-21-21

A tough listen - Not the same as JGs other books

I've stated in other reviews I've written about how I love Josh Gayou;s writing style. However, this was a tough listen.

Without giving away too much, this book is more the diary of a young man's journey through adolescence, overcoming a tough up-bringing with the help of a self imposed mentor and ultimately finding his place in the world.

There wasn't much of a plot driven story, it's written from the perspective of multiple people writing in their diaries. The plot 'device' took an age to reveal itself, and appears to be almost an aside, as the same book could have been written without the device. You might say that the plot device was added as an excuse an for the book to be written. It really felt as if the author had a lot to get off his chest and this book was a way to do this.

The book felt much too long, but the author always tends to use 100 words when 10 may have sufficed. There were a few occasions when I could have stopped as frustration with the slow pace set in, but being a fan of JG I stuck it out.

This book is very different from his other titles on Audible so don't expect anything of a similar genre to the Commune of Worldship series.

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  • 12-02-20

Worth sticking with it

Interesting premise, kind of a Freaky Friday / 17 again meets 11.22.63, that said Joshua took a long time to get there. i found that there was a lot of unessecary bckfilling and detail that simply didn't add anything unlike, say, Stephen Kind who is a great storyteller and rarely do I find the detail he provides to his circumstances or characters to be anything other than valuable, whereas Joshua seems to seems to add detail that I found irrelevant. This stry could have been told in half the time. It is worth sticking with though if you can put up with the fluff.

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  • Aaron W
  • 10-30-20

Awful

Couldn't finish, quit part way into chapter two. I could expand but a fair few reviews have already mentioned the problems this book has.

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  • chris gadd
  • 10-20-20

An edgy High School hierachy tale, intense read.

Enjoyed it much more than expected. Was a departure from my usual genres. The author really captured the American high school mindset and made it believable. The dialogue was sharp yet filled with teenage phraseology. The story was paced well and kept a real level of suspense while still moving on. The first book I felt warranted a review. I will be coming back to this author for sure.

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  • John bell
  • 09-09-20

very boring I listened to it all at work

it just never got going and seemed to drag out without any pay off at the end

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  • gregg nicolson
  • 07-03-20

A whole lot of hee haw

A long rambling ramble about nothing i particular.
The authors works are beginning to be very hit or miss. This one is a miss!

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  • Glennccc
  • 06-29-20

A very good story and a great performance

A beautifully written story of friendship through hard times read brilliantly by all of the narrators.

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  • Geoff May-Byrd
  • 06-23-20

wow

Wow! Just wow!
Some books people rage about and say that it should be made in film.
To me, this should stay a book because, no one would do it justice.
Thanks once again Joshua Gayou.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Not for me

Unfortunately the book wasn't for me. I did get through it but it was just a little bit over the top

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  • P. Morley
  • 07-28-20

Captivating

Anyone who ever went to school will relate in some way to some part of this story. As someone who didn't particularly enjoy school some of the subject matter was quite poignant and somber. However this in no way prevented me from enjoying every minute. Excellent, fully fleshed characters as I now expect from Josh and brilliantly narrated by readers who I wasn't familiar with but will now look out for.
And there is certainly at least one thing I still don't know... or don't think I do...

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  • Craig Weir
  • 07-06-20

Wonderful

In a world of boring books this was fantastically brilliant, outstanding a must read, thank you.

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  • Kerry
  • 07-04-20

So disappointed

Commune was such a great series I was stoked to see a new book by Joshua Gayou, Man was I ever disappointed - what a load of drivel.
This book is a celebration of self indulgence, chock full of pointless teen angst.
The characters lack depth, the story is shallow and doesn’t evolve, making weak leaps that are entirely unbelievable..
I would not waste your credit, i