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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,719 ratings  ·  237 reviews
When You Finish Saving the World tells the moving and evocative story of three individuals working to understand each other and themselves: Nathan, a father learning to connect with his newborn son; Rachel, a young college student seeking to find her place in a relationship and in life, before marriage to Nathan; and Ziggy, their son, a teenager hoping to figure out where ...more
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Published August 4th 2020 by Audible Originals
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Audible Original--free for members in August 2020 and for Audible Plus members.

What is delivered here is best viewed as an auditory drama performance. The book does not exist in paper. You must listen to it as an audiobook. There are three narrators. The author, Jesse Eisenberg, narrates / performs the part of Nathan, the father of the family about which the story is written. Kaitlyn Denver takes the part of Rachel, the mother. Finn Wolfhard performs Ziggy's part. He is Nathan and Rachel's son.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really charming Audiobook to listen to and I was really into it and ended up listening to all five hours of it in one sitting. I generally enjoyed it, though Nathan's sections were really the ones I loved the most. He was funny and lovable and easy to empathise with. I didn't like his wife (at times for some reason, even though she was made out to be a saint, there were some flaws that I couldn't love her for) or his son so much, but in the end I liked to listen to their growth.

Lady Nerd
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jesse Eisenberg has created three very different voices in this book, which is a difficult thing to do. The things each member of the family says about the other -in different time periods- reveal their characters brilliantly. I understood each one of them and their feelings, and the first part done by Jesse himself was my favorite (I relate to his character more, surprise surprise). The part set in the future had its charm too with the made up slang terms and speculations.
The book made me laug
Michelle Hodges
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Loved the stream of consciousness point of view. Ziggy could have been great but the repetitiveness of “trendy” words made it hard to take the second portion of the book serious. The fact that the ending didn’t tie up all three sections of the book was very disappointing. Had I known that, I would not have finished the book.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This performance is brilliant. It shines brightest when Eisenberg narrates, but the 2nd and 3rd sections do not suffer too much. This quirky, insightful, stream-of-consciousness brilliance reminds me of reading Foster Wallace--but a much more approachable version. I will return to this for the story, for the narration, and for the way it impacts me emotionally and intellectually. Best free Audible selection I have ever gotten--better than many that I have spent a credit on.
Linda Smith
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A little bit annoying. I would never read this again
Inkish Kingdoms
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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The only way to know the truth about a story is hearing it from all the characters involved.

When You Finish Saving the World is an Audible Original Story written, produced, and narrated by Jesse Eisenberg, and you can tell he is the one behind this story. This story goes around a family and its three members. Nathan, the father, who has difficulties with social, personal, and emotional interactions. Ziggy, his only song, who lives in a really clo
Odi Shonga
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that is simultaneously about: the struggles of being a new parent, the challenge of marriage, learning to love through neuroses, ideological purity vs pragmatism, the incandescent flame of adolescent romance, the unconditional love of parenthood, the naivety of young adulthood, the tension between theory and action, the necessity of becoming more than (or different to) your idols, and the interaction between the military and the vulnerable.

All of this condensed expertly in a seri
C.L. Cannon
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a solid 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed hearing each person's connected yet different experiences so I could form an opinion about them at the end. Still, I do kind of wish there was a more rounded ending that wrapped everything up. Now, I'm kind of left wondering what comes next for these three individuals. The writing was well-done, and I especially enjoyed Nathan's part of the story. Ziggy's part was a little less likable due to the constant use of future clang. I think that could ...more
Heidi Hill
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I don’t know why Nathan and Ziggy think Rachel is such a good person. She’s actually pretty terrible - and the reason I can’t rate this book any higher.
Tom Walsh
Aug 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
The worst thing about Audible Originals is that they’re Free. At least, if we had paid for them, there would be the satisfaction of getting our money back. In this case, as in so many others, we can’t be reimbursed for the time wasted listening to this drivel!

I hope this was Satire. Otherwise, this humorless attempt to imitate an Early Woody Allen Standup routine would be a tale of a pathetic generation so tied up in its twisted Selfie it imagines that it cannot navigate the routine events of Tw
Martin Nachev
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Three slightly related stories about one family with no conclusion to tie them up. The book just ends after the third story (which I thought was the weakest one as it featured the least likeable character), but the performances were great as expected. I'd recommend you listen to just the first story (Nathan's) and skip the others. ...more
Juan Rivera
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lecturas-2020
There are people who are 80 years old and have not yet discovered themselves, they do not know who they are, they do not realize their virtues or mistakes.

In the book "When you finish saving the world", Jesse Eisenberg shows us three characters finding himself.

Nathan who decides to surrender to life and live to do what his wife wants, given the impossibility of developing himself.

Rachel, who in the face of the death of her beloved boyfriend, cannot find her way in life and said to help others
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked Nathan’s part & the rest was just annoying
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
*Note: this is the review that I posted to Audible just a few moments ago after finishing this title*

This came up in my free selections for the month of August. I was familiar with two of the actors and the title intrigued me. This rapidly became something that I couldn't put down, so to speak.

When You Finish Saving the World was an emotional joyride. I found myself relating to each of the characters for different reasons. It takes you to the present, the future, and the past through the lenses
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, passionate, well-written and amazingly acted piece. Get ready to break your own heart.... Now press play and begin.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Completely entertaining.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I kind of like this book, the story and the performance as well
Mary Sims
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was very interesting and not what I expected. It follows the lives of three different people who are related- Mother, Father and Son, but told in different ways in narrative form at different parts of their lives. Not something I would usually read but I was very intrigued by the title.

A few things- it would have been nice if the stories crossed paths a little but that wasn’t the case. Also, it was interesting that when each of them started talking I didn’t like them. But as they told thei
Ida Wilcox
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book mainly because of Nathan.

I totally related to the Dads point of view. He is a complete introvert. His wife was expecting him to do more than he was capable of doing. Also, I believe she was still living in the shadow of her dead boyfriend. She was looking for her husband to be more like him. Like there were 4 people in that family instead of 3.

Rachael needed to get a grip on reality. Her husband is not your dead boyfriend from college. You are married now its time to
Donald Kirby
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really thought it would be more entertaining. Especially coming from Jesse Eisenberg. I guess my issue is the title is misleading to me. I especially had an issue understanding iggy's Point of view. I highly doubt I would read it again. ...more
James Clarno
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Extremely well thought out. Particularly in regards to the recordings that take place in the future. I was really impressed what a believable vision of the future Jesse painted, even in the smallest details.

I really enjoyed the first two recordings, they touched me emotionally, but I have to admit that the 3rd part wasn't near as interesting and the character didn't compel me. Kaitlyn did a superb job acting the part, but personally I just would have rather seen the character wrap things up in
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Audible Original. There were 3 narrators, all immediately related to one another: Dad, Mom, son. They make recordings of their thoughts to 1) a real marriage counsellor; 2) a "bot" therapist in the 2023 and to a fiancé. It was written and performed by Jesse Eisenberg [the Dad]. Many reviewers say they liked the Dad and Mom roles and not so much the teen son part. I beg to differ. Although the teen speaks in near futuristic jargon and he is...well a male teen, his experience is wholl ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's just something about Eisenberg's writing style that really speaks to me. It's so funny and awkward and human. The three points of view are expertly handled and I love how the multiple time periods in which each narrator's logs are set allows the whole story to be a medidation of modern fatherhood, a timeless tale of adolescence in a sci-fi near-future, and a 90s period piece, all at the same time. ...more
bex budar
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i finished this in a plane. i took advantage of the moment where the girl sitting beside me FINALLY decided to stop talking and go to sleep (moment of peace because she spoke waay too high… it was awful hahaha).
going back to the audio. it is one that you can only hear in audible but honestly, it’s worth it.

you follow three stories, each with three different timelines. most of the time, i have trouble with audiobooks (when i listen to them without reading them at the same time). i feel like I'm g
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is an audio drama of a three family members: the dad trying to connect with his son, the son trying to find his purpose, and the mom in her previous relationship. My problem with this was that I never found a reason to care about any of the characters. They were semi-interesting, but not engaging enough for me to be interested in their personal lives. It made this a fairly boring listen for me.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished, 2020, audible
Entertaining. My favorite is the Rachel part. I kind of get the point of the different voices but feel like the connection between them could be tightened... Because it seems like the whole story is about Zach. The title suggests even more.
Sharon Conty
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting read about understanding yourself and your relationship with your loved ones.
Sandy Stephenson
Oct 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too much cussing, and not much story
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Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, playwright, author, and humorist. He has played featured or starring roles in films such as The Squid and the Whale (2005), Adventureland (2009), Zombieland (2009), and The Social Network (2010).

Eisenberg was born in New York City and was raised in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he studied anthropology at The New S

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