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Publisher's Summary

Before Panic was our game, it was our secret. Before that, just a rumor. And before that? A ghost story. Listen close - but don’t believe everything you hear. 

Panic is a legendary game played by graduating seniors in the middle-of-nowhere town of Carp, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher: After a series of challenges ranging from sleeping in a haunted house to running across a highway blindfolded, one winner takes home a cash prize in the tens of thousands at the end of the summer. Participating players are sworn to secrecy, which means little is known of Panic’s history. Until now.  

Each of these three stories follows a former player connected to one of the game’s lingering mysteries - a ghost of Panic past, a legend. In this spellbinding novella, you’ll meet the quiet, unassuming kid who may have started it all; the golden boy who’d do anything to win; and the underestimated cheerleader who brought decades of family history into this dangerous game.  

Panic: Ghosts and Legends is set in the world of the Amazon Original series Panic, available only on Amazon Prime Video.

©2021 Laura Schechter (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Lauren Oliver is cofounder and president of production of the media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment. She is also the multi-New York Times best-selling author of YA novels, including Before I Fall; the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem; Panic; Vanishing Girls; Broken Things; and the Replica duology. Her novels have been translated into more than 35 languages, and sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. Oliver is the executive producer, creator, and sole screenwriter on every episode of the one-hour drama series Panic, premiering on Prime Video in May 2021.
Photo by Charles Grantham

About the Performer

Camron Jones portrays Bishop Marks in Amazon's upcoming series Panic, adapted from Lauren Oliver's best-selling novel. Other television appearances include roles on USA's The Purge, Showtime's Shameless, and Freeform's Grown-ish.
Camron hails from the Bay Area and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Southern California.

About the Performer

Ray Nicholson will next star in the Amazon series *Panic, based on Lauren Oliver’s best-selling book. Nicholson has the lead role as Ray Hall, a high school apex predator with a long memory and a short fuse, who engages in a competition with classmates to escape their small town. The series is scheduled to be released in 2021.
Nicholson was last seen in Emerald Fennell’s Academy Award-nominated film, Promising Young Woman, and a recurring role on FX’s hit television series Mayans M.C.

About the Performer

Olivia Welch was born in a north-ish Texas town you’ve already forgotten the name of. At the ripe age of four her grandparents, who have very strong Southern accents, introduced her to the kind of movies she wasn’t allowed to watch at home. Movies like, but not limited to, Big Fish, Moulin Rouge, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Tim Burton Batman flicks, and enough episodes of 48 Hours to put the show’s title to shame. This wide range of content sparked a deep love of acting and storytelling inside her. She proceeded to bombard her parents with this dream until they finally let her attend a film school one summer when she was but 11 years old. In all honesty, she was quite shy at the beginning of her journey, but she really loved creating characters and diving deep into her scripts. Just two years and an insane amount of hard work later, she became one of the youngest teachers at the film school. Her life then became a delicate balancing act of dividing her time between actual public school, acting for camera classes, and molding impressionable young minds as a student teacher, training them to be actors, as well as a small army she could use if she ever developed an arch enemy. At 17, she got her first big break in the form of a leading role on a Nickelodeon pilot that, unfortunately, never aired. With her newfound confidence and experience she decided to take on pilot season in Los Angeles. She booked a recurring role on Modern Family and became a part of the Marvel Universe through her role on Agent Carter. She also had a recurring role on an the Netflix original series Unbelievable. In 2018, she locked in the lead role on Amazon’s Panic. Welch is also the lead of the upcoming FOX film trilogy Fear Street.

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A great story!

I wasn’t expecting much when I selected this book but was pleasantly surprised and couldn’t stop listening.
I liked all three narrators who really made it seem that they were telling a story that they had experienced.

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Things we did as kids

Very realistic stories. Easy to get drawn in and remember the stuff we did.

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Performed well, story is a bland way to kill a few hours

Nothing particularly interesting about this. “Stupid Kids doing stupid things: A Trilogy of Idiocy” would be an apt alternate title. Pretty much everyone in this collection is a moron, but I suppose that’s to be expected given the premise.

The first story was unremarkable, the second story was mind-numbingly irritating due to the braindead hero-worshipping nature of all the characters involved, and the last story was more interesting than the others, although cliche depictions of tired outdated views about what witchcraft is are a tad bit exhausting (though not entirely unrealistic considering where the story takes place). There was a lot of word salad in these stories; many instances of the author trying to sound interesting, smart, or profound, and it just coming out as convoluted nothingness. Ironically the speech about being “afraid of nothing” being a prime example of this.

The performers did a fair job, no complaints there.

I’d say this collection is more what you’d put on as background noise rather than listen to in an engaged way.

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Amazing!

I watched Panic on Netflix 1st and wanted to know more about the back story & that's exactly what I got from the book! it was one I just couldn't put down. plus it's not like insanely long which makes it even more enjoyable. thank you for an awesome book!!

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Quick story

Great read, intense and satisfying! It was nice to hear some people get their comeuppance.

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I did not understand this story.

The story was very confusing to me. I don't understand how the game came about, how it was played, and what happened to the people who won. But that is just me.

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Dark and entertaining

I was browsing through Audible, not sure what I wanted to listen to next. Bought two different audiobooks, and started to listen to both, but they didn't match my mood.

Then I remembered that the originals are free, so I read the descriptions of a few before I decided on Panic. It turned out to be a great listen!

I like American high school dramas for some reason. And the darker, the better. This was right up my alley.

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loved

the myths that Oliver has created to supplement her story are spooky and well thought out.

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Fascinating

This one made me laugh at times and also gave me goosebumps. Left me wanting more.

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Very cool story

Those is a very cool story. The narration is really good and adds to the overall quality. I highly recommend this novella

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