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Dream Woods Audiobook

Dream Woods

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Publisher's Summary

When Vince Carter takes a shortcut to work, he notices a billboard that nearly sends him into an oncoming van.

The ad is for Dream Woods, New England's answer to Disney World. It closed decades ago, but now that it's back in business, Vince is eager to take his whole family, hoping the magic he remembers will save his failing marriage.

His wife, Audra, isn't so sure. She's heard the rumors of why the place closed. Murder. Sacrifice. Torture. But those are just urban legends. Surely there's nothing evil about a family tourist attraction.

The Carters are about to discover that the park's employees aren't concerned with their guests' enjoyment. They're interested in something else. Something much more sinister.

©2016 Patrick Lacey (P)2016 Patrick Lacey

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    Tad B. New York 01-23-17
    Tad B. New York 01-23-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    "Incredibly Satisfying"
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    This funky little horror book is now one of my favorites. 'Scream Woods' begins in an unassuming way and I felt for all of the characters immediately (even though they aren't the *best* people ever). Without giving away any spoilers, I'll say that this book is a peek into what might be beneath beautiful things that we don't necessarily understand. Like Disney world - it's all magic, right? You can't see the strings that are operating the puppets and maybe the puppeteer is sinister. If you like horror/fantasy and a good solid fight until the end, then this book is for you. I absolutely loved it!!! Hempel is a rock solid narrator, as always.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CMLawson 03-27-17
    CMLawson 03-27-17
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    "Heartfelt, entertaining horror that calls back to the days of video store horror racks"

    Dream Woods is the story of a family trying to heal their wounds through a family vacation. Unfortunately, they chose Dream Woods for their vacation, a theme park which just reopened after being closed under grim circumstances.
    The book reads like The Shining mixed with the best of 80's B horror. The characters are genuine and engaging. They are flawed, realistic, and interesting. As a metal guy who had to grow up and support a family, I easily identify with Vince, the ex-punk accountant and family man.
    As for the performance of the audio, Hempel delivers. The reading was clear. The voices were identifiable without distracting from the story. All around a great job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maximilia 01-19-17
    Maximilia 01-19-17
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    "Solid Story, Excellent Performance"

    Lemme tell you... I'm slowly making my way through Joe Hempel's library of narrated works because his voice is a joy to listen to. He's great at urban fantasy but so far where he really shines is horror for me. He's got this quality to his voice, which is so unique. It's like he's sitting at a campfire, gesturing for all of us to 'Come round, come round, I've got a story to tell you', and then proceeds to act out the story in a way that's terrifying: hushed, urgent, spooky, and wonderful. Listening to Mr. Hempel narrate horror is like revisiting those old childhood campfire ghost stories. I cannot recommend him enough.

    His voice was a perfect fit for this tale. The basic summation of the story is this: a father sees an ad for "Dream Woods", a themepark he'd attended when he was a child. In an attempt to make his family happy (and hopefully saving his marriage, as his wife is teetering on the edge of leaving him), he books a family vacation to a place he loved so much as a child! Except... well, time colors all memories, and while he thinks he remembers some maybe spooky things happening there, in reality, a LOT of people went missing from this park. One survivor of the horrors encountered there also sees an ad for Dream Woods, and is determined to go there to stop the dark forces behind the dire theme park once and for all.

    Interesting premise, and the first half... I was glued. I seriously was glued to it. The tension and suspense was so thick you could cut it with a knife and it had the hair on the back of my neck standing on edge. Why? Because it took simple things and twisted them *just* enough to make them terrifying. Why I can't give the story 5 stars is that once the splatter started, it lost that tense quality for me and became more... banal. So, maybe I'm jaded when it comes to horror. Maybe I need more blood, guts, gore, or what-have-you to really get spooked when it comes to splatter... but the first half of this audio book where it WASN'T gory was the scariest part!

    Still would heartily recommend this for a listen. You won't be disappointed!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nomi 03-09-17
    Nomi 03-09-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "Great creepy horror"

    Would have listened to this just because Joe Hempel narrated it. Great creepy horror/suspense. Starts out fast and had me hooked right away. Definitely going to follow this author.

    Joe Hempel as always did a wonderful job. Very enjoyable.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D'Aulan 02-24-17
    D'Aulan 02-24-17 Member Since 2016

    I love audiobooks, they are a big part of my life.

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    "I'll never think about Disneyland the same again"

    it was creepy and freaky. really liked it. I love stuff that u never expect the ending. would recommend.

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    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 02-07-17
    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 02-07-17

    Book Maniac

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    "Interesting premise for a horror story."

    When Vince Carter, former Punk Rocker and now cubicle drone passes by a billboard advertising that Dream Woods, an old New England knockoff of Disneyland, is back open, he gets very excited! He has great memories of visiting there as a child, and figures a family trip there will fix his ailing family, with a discontent wife, one son with Diabetes and the other resentful of his brother getting all the attention. All the wife knows about Dream Woods is the rumors that it was closed down due to murders in the park. So with that in mind, she is pretty reluctant to go, especially amid their marrital issues. Vince talks her into going, and they make the trek. As they arrive, the park is even better than Vince remembers from his childhood. The go to their hotel at the park, themed after the roaring 20s. They even get an upgrade, although Vince's wife is kind of creeped out by the hotel clerk, who just seems off.
    They meet another couple at dinner that night, the husband having been to the park as a kid as well. Later that night, as they are in their beds, unbeknownst to them, evil lurks in the heart of the park, and has them in view. So starts a wild horror filled filled Nightmare, where the true purpose of the park comes to the surface, and the workers show their true nature. There is killing and running galore, with sanity stretched to the brink! The park has a much darker purpose, which is explained as the story unfolds and it is crazy. Everyone is at risk, and lives will be lost as reality comes crashing down on the park visitors!
    The plot is fast paced and creative, the characters are interesting, and the setting is one of the better ones I've seen in the genre. My only issues with the book are with Vinces wife, who is so unlikable and you kind of wish she gets it from the park. The ending also felt a tad rushed, but that is just my opinion. All in all, a good story with a great setting.
    As far as narration, wow! Joe Hempel does an absolutely outstanding job bringing this story to life. He especially rocked it with the two sons voices, and with the various park employees. Overall, a great job, and a book I would recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-07-17
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amusement Park USA"
    Would you listen to Dream Woods again? Why?

    I only listen to books once, so no, I wouldn't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Creative
    Scary
    Unique


    What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is one of the best narrators around, and he brings this rather gruesome and scary story to life! Well done!


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

    I would try!


    Any additional comments?

    I did receive this audiobook from Audioblast in exchange for this review. This is a unique, fun and actually at times creepy offering. It rocks along, has some good humor and some good horror, and is well worth a credit and the time to listen.
    Recommended highly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 02-05-17
    Daman 02-05-17

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Kept me glued to my seat....."
    What did you love best about Dream Woods?

    The narration, plot and cast of characters. The twists and turns which made for a great horror story. Joe did an amazing job as always.


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 01-30-17
    Deedra 01-30-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    "Dream Woods"

    This was a really good book.I enjoyed the build up to get to Dream Woods and see the stuff of our childhood.Joe Hempel narrates this with great feeling.Vince , a dad of twins, is ecstatic that Dream Woods is open again.As a kid he saw dinosaurs there and other scarey good things.His kids and wife aren't as enthused.Another woman sees an ad for the place.She worked there as a teen and remembers the murders that occured there.How can it be open again?We all get to find out.I was given this book free from the author,narrator or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 01-24-17
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    "This would be Disney if run by demons"

    Great for any theme park enthusiast. A wonderfully written macabre tale of theme parks gone horribly wrong. I loved every second of it and wished there was more to it. Great at restoring the nostalgia of childhood visits to theme parks and capturing the way life doesn't always work out as planned and the attempts to recapture that childhood feeling. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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