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Wildside | [Steven Gould]

Wildside

Forget the lottery. Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires. What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved? No cities. No pollution. No laws. A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything - everything - was yours just for the taking?

Charlie has found that world. And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.There is a problem: How do you keep something this big a secret?

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Publisher's Summary

Forget the lottery. Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires. What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved? No cities. No pollution. No laws. A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything - everything - was yours just for the taking?

Charlie has found that world. And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.There is a problem: How do you keep something this big a secret?

©1996 Steven Gould (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-01-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not bad-Not terrrific"

    The idea for this story was really good. The execution was good. The characters fell short on believability. It goes like this; 18 year old kid finds a gate to a alternate earth, one without humans, recruits his friends to harvest animals and minerals from the other earth, the one with sabre toothed tigers, to this earth for profit. Military/CIA spoils the party, things get messy, bad guys lose. fairly hypocritical good guy; protect other earth while using it's resources and polluting it for his personal gain. Worth a listen nothing to rave about.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 04-23-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 04-23-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "What if you could...."

    Step into another world rich with resources like for instance, gold? Stuff that you can sell in this world for lots of money? And then suppose you told your very best friends about it so they could help you haul it back to this world and share in the wealth? This is a great story with action and suspense but not what you’re thinking given the cover art. Now I did have a little trouble swallowing teens randomly knowing that much about legal issues and it’s a bit heavy with the avionics and mechanics but those issues are minor and hey if your into those things, bonus for you. The take away is the story is really good and will hold your attention. Good job with the narration as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Roulston Massillon OH 01-07-13
    Gary Roulston Massillon OH 01-07-13 Member Since 2004

    Coasty

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    "Breath taking read"
    What did you love best about Wildside?

    I had read this book when it first hit the library and enjoyed it. I had forgot about it over the years and this was read well enough it like reading a new book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildside?

    When the secret is revealed to Charlie's friends.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    The man made each character come alive. That is hard to do for more than four characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and money!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-19-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "And welcome to it..."
    What made the experience of listening to Wildside the most enjoyable?

    The characters really came to life over the the arc of the story.


    What other book might you compare Wildside to and why?

    Somewhat thematically similar to Stephen King's 1963. Both are compelling in their own ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes of the new world are powerful


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The growing maturity of the relationships between everyone was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book jumps around alot, and occassionally doesnt make logical sense. It seems like certain details were edited out, or something was missin at times. That said, I got pulled in and eventually really took to this outing. I recommend it, notwithstanding the issues noted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim smyrna, GA, United States 05-04-13
    Jim smyrna, GA, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "suspend disbelief"
    What did you love best about Wildside?

    I liked the basic premise of the story


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a bit hard to belief.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scenes describing the "wild side."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There just seemed to be so many parts of this story that were flat. I won't spoil things for readers, but given the scenario, I would have SOOOOOOO many questions to ask. Perhaps because we are dealing with teenagers they are more concerned with little things than asking big questions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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