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Full Tilt

Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
4 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sixteen-year-old Blake has always been the responsible one in his dysfunctional family - the one who drives safely, gets good grades, and looks after his wild younger brother, Quinn. Quinn is his brother's opposite - a thrill-seeker who's always chasing the next scary rush, no matter what the cost. But Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they're thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival - and their souls are the price of admission.   

In order to save his brother, and himself, Blake must survive seven different carnival rides before dawn. Seven rides; it sounds easy. But each ride is full of unexpected dangers, because each ride is a reflection of one of Blake's deepest fears. And the last ride is the worst one of all. That's the one that confronts Blake with a terrifying secret from his past - a secret he's been running from for years.    

Full of roller-coaster twists and turns, Neal Shusterman's latest novel is an Orpheus-like adventure into one boy's psyche.

©2003 Neal Shusterman (P)2018 Tantor

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Trials and Rides

Shusterman has a way of adding little touches to his novels that makes me constantly enjoy them. In this shorter novel, he takes the fears and life choices of teens and ties them into an amusement park where the rides are like trials deciding the ultimate fate/worthiness of the riders. Super entertaining and will now be seeing about all of his works and how I might pick them up.

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AMAZING

The story is just so suprising and interesting and it becomes even better with the narroter's delivery of the book's characters, the character's actions, and the settings/situations.

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decent YA novel

its one of those novels about a character who needs to grow emotionally and does throughout the story. totally decent YA novel that ditches a lot of the normal tropes. this is probably written for like a 9th grade/14 year old

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A good short.

This is entertaining, even for an adult. The narrator wasn't terrible but I think the audio version could have been better with a different narrator.

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  • rev dp
  • san jose, california
  • 06-12-19

Enjoying a book written for teens

I almost gave up on this book. I am glad that I did not. I do not understand all the imagery but I got some of it and there is wisdom here. Great going along for the ride.

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  • Jami
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  • 05-30-19

Solid Story

This was a good, fast paced YA story. I’ve read similar carnival horror stories before, but the relationships between the characters, and the main character’s journey to understanding himself, were what stood out.

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Super Creepy!

I can't remember whether I grabbed this as a freebie or on sale. Whatever the reason, it was an awesome story, filled with crazy intrigue and really dark. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys dark paranormal or horror. The narrator is awesome, and the story is terrifying in the way that Final Destination was scary. The imagery will stick with you.

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Great performance

Great performance and writing. very vivid storytelling. Definitly will be listening to again in the future.

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Reminds me of R.L. Stine books I liked as a teen

Full Tilt brings the nostalgia and reminds me of one of those R.L. Stine books I read when I was younger. That is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed the “ride”. I recently experienced my first Neal Shusterman books, the Scythe series, which were fantastic and the reason I picked this up when I seen it on sale. This is quite a different experience from those books as it’s a short single book that’s very entertaining as keeps the action and suspense flowing. Keep in mind though, the target audience of this book is probably young teenagers, so if you’re looking for something that’s in-depth this is probably not the book for you. Overall this was a fun quick read and I look forward to enjoying more books from Shusterman.
The narrator, Josh Bloomberg, was fantastic. He really varied his voices and tone which added to the suspenseful mood the story was trying to create.

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Good YA Fiction- Excellent Narration

This story is rich with symbolism. The characters face challenges in the form of deadly amusement park rides, each of which is either a symbol or a metaphor. They speak to change, growth, loss, acceptance, et al. This is a book that could easily be added to a middle school curriculum to teach literary devices, as well as to promote reading.
Josh Bloomberg is a narrator I haven’t heard before. His storytelling is excellent, character voice work distinct, and intonation perfect. His voice is also well suited for YA characters, as it is soft and soothing, not deep and booming. I will be seeking out more of his work to listen to.