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The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the number-one New York Times best seller Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality and creators of the internet’s most-watched daily show, Good Mythical Morning, a thrilling and darkly funny novel about two best friends fighting the sinister forces at the heart of their Southern town.

It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow - a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade.

At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told - that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry - and their best friend, Alicia Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment - Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents.

Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Alicia's life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations - one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.

This Audible book includes an exclusive interview with Rhett and Link, conducted by Stevie Levine, host of the Good Mythical Morning recap show, Let's Talk About That. In this conversation, Rhett and Link dive into their childhoods in Buies Creek and how they influenced their lives and writing.

About the authors:

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, raised in North Carolina and best friends since the first grade, are an LA-based comedy duo known for hosting the most-watched daily talk show on the internet, Good Mythical Morning, their narrative series Rhett & Link's Buddy System, the award-winning weekly podcast Ear Biscuits, and their instant number-one New York Times best seller, Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality. Their YouTube channels have a combined subscriber base of over 24 million people with seven billion total views. They have been featured on and in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The Conan O'Brien Show, Variety, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

©2019 Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sarah Ellis
  • 05-11-19

The book the Mythical Beasts would have written...

At first when I noticed Rhett & Link were not the narrators of this book I was a bit disappointed. There choice in Vikas was the right one. He really did deliver the characters the way they needed to be. If you have been a Mythical Beast for a long time or this is your 1st introduction to Rhett & Link you will enjoy this book. There is a fantastic story inserted with fun facts about Rhett and Link and a lot of 90's references...very funny 90's references. If you are in the 40+ age group it will really make you laugh....scooter leg, NKOTB, bike pegs and multiple pagers taking us back to a time before AOL, internet and cell phones. Thank you for creating a place where we can grow with these characters...I hope this story will get to move forward very very soon.

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  • niki
  • 07-11-19

Exceeds expectations

I used to be an avid reader but after a string of lackluster books I had slowed almost to a crawl. While I've been a fan of Good Mythical Morning for years as well as The Book of Mythicality, I didn't know what to expect in a novel. Well this novel blew my socks off. I am super impressed by the talent and story telling that went into it. I genuinely looked forward to continuing the novel after work and listened to it twice back to back. The only negative thing I can say is it ended. I would like to continue hearing about their lives. Start working on the sequel!!!

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  • Viv
  • 07-11-19

a good fun story with a bit of darkness

a good fun story with a bit of darkness which helps to keep the story a bit more believable even though it's fiction.

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  • Danyelle Perillo
  • 07-11-19

Loved it!

This book was beautifully written and I was pulled into the story from the first page. I can not say enough good things. It is funny and thrilling. A great read all around!

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  • Erica Berube
  • 06-11-19

Mythical & Nostalgic

Read the book in just under a week. I laughed out loud, held back tears, and wanted to scream (but bit my tongue) more than once. Many times I found myself on the edge of my seat, tempted to speed up the audio just so I could find out what happens next. This book is so gripping and taps into almost every emotion. I Strongly recommend!

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  • brian
  • 31-10-19

A humorous yet chilling tale

The writing was fantastic and the narrator seems to elevate the story to another level.

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  • StarF
  • 23-11-19

Sequel please!

A fun ride! Sometimes cliche, sometimes predictable, but always a fun adventure. Definitely a worthy step into the new realm of creative endeavors for Rhett & Link! This story leaves so much more to unfold and I hope there will be future novels to come to unravel the mysteries ahead.

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  • Grant Parsons
  • 09-11-19

Thrilling!

I had heard so much leading up to this novel that I just had to get it. The novel stands well on its own, but is even better if you are a fan of Rhett and Link.

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  • Marie Mandato
  • 09-11-19

So good!

So I will admit that I have been a long time fan of Rhett and Link.
that being said, I was so thuroughly impressed with this book. I was reeled into the world of this story right from the start, and by the end I was almost tearing up. Don't put that lightly, I rarely get emotional from media, especially books. but goodness, it was just such a good story, with very 3 dimensional characters. 5 stars isn't enough! I hope this isn't the last fiction book from you 2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-19

Amazing novel

This is one of the best novels I've ever read with a nice twist b.y.m.b

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  • Sam
  • 04-11-19

I love Rhett and Link

I have been watching Rhett and Link on YouTube for a while and I really enjoy their humour. This book stands on it's own as an excellent story and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-19

Can leave you wanting for more

Was expecting it to be a bit more darker, but definitely waiting for another book!

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  • Ashley
  • 12-12-19

Loved it!

I'm a huge fan of Rhett & Link, and after hearing so much about it I decided I wanted to read this book, but I decided I would listen to it instead as I do a lot of driving, and I'm also not a huge fan of reading (I get easily distracted)

I was gripped from the beginning, the story is brilliant and lets you fall in love with the main characters, and sends you on a story with humour and unforseen twists.

I really hope there will be a second book!

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  • PurplePooch
  • 03-12-19

Amazing

This book was full of heart, humor and mystery. Apart from the fact that it felt a little like a fan fiction at points; it is one of the best books I've read/listened to. I really recommend even if you have never heard of the authors. Thanks Rhett and Link for making this book- I will be waiting for another!

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  • Nicole Forrester
  • 22-11-19

BOOK OF THE YEAR!!!

best book I've read in a wood while. would love a movie adaptation. love it

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  • Mex
  • 20-11-19

a pleasure to listen too

easy read, fun, engaging. reader is talented and a delight. can reccomend. share it with your kids.

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  • Gordon Fenning
  • 14-11-19

Amazing story amazing performance.

The story has sonmajy great moments. Some funny. Some sad. Some quite scary. All fantastic. The story has a very 90s horrors/teen film feel throughout that perfectly compliments the characters and setting. Had me laughing out loud and gripped at the twists and turns.

Also Vikas' performance is outstanding. The story flows perfectly and the characters all sound amazing and unique.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

Awful

Book about kids for kids, narrater is tough on your ears. Has to introduce each character every time they say something.

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  • Nurse.Grenade
  • 11-11-19

Couldn't stop listening!

I love this book, story was amazing. I had to pause the book to go to work, but the whole time I was thinking about what will happen next!

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  • PedanticBonsai
  • 09-11-19

Entertaining but with room for improvement

I was not a fan of the more unrealistic choices made by the authors for a world set out as real from the beginning. Some voice choices were uninspired to me. With that said, they developed a very strong set of characters which easily make any story interesting almost independently of the context.

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  • Carly
  • 03-12-19

For GMM fans and non fans alike

I listened to this book on a road trip with my mum (who is in her 60s) who has no idea who Rhett and link are, and we both loved it. She instantly got the Stephen king influence and the 90s references without me pointing them out and we often laughed and gasped together through out the book.
I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that I think the book is more a young adult book than just for adults.
Overall I would definitely recommend it for anyone aged 14/15+

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-19

the ending had me hooked.

I need a whole series please.

thanks for the effort y'all put in it was awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-19

amazing

best book i have read in a really long time 10/10 good job guys x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

Amazing story, couldn't put it down!

The most incredible story, I was hooked from the start. Perfect blend of mystery, horror and wonder.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-19

an amazing book

I'm not sure if you have watched rhett and links good mythical morning on Facebook or you tube if not i highly recommend you do. this book is funny and sad and scary it has every thing you need in a book if you do watch good mythical morning its even better because watching them you get to know them and there personalities and stories of the friend ship and you see the story's come to life in this book that is part fact part fiction. sorry for the long review GREAT BOOK READ IT!!! AND I LOVE THE PERSON READING THE BOOK

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-19

A great story, loved the darkness and humor. Brilliant Rhett and Link

This book is so much more than I ever expected! I was gripped from the start and enjoyed all the characters and their personalities. As a massive Rhett and Link fan, i didn’t know what to expect, as GMM is far from a story telling vibe, and their previous novel was non-fiction based. It was so humbling to read this culmination of years of hard work, literally using their own childhoods and transcended them into edgy monster fighting, scooter riding sassy teens. The story is more than just a dark creepy tale from the South, it is about the characters, about their friendship and about exploring their own lives through creepy cult hardship.
Amazing read, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-19

Lost causes aren't so bleak

This is a great book. Pulls you in from the start. Narrator did wonderfully well.