The Retreat

By: Dan Frey
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this debut work of supernatural fiction, writer Dan Frey delivers a taut story full of psychological suspense. 

Under the shimmering light of a full moon, newly engaged couple Paul and Cora head home from a dinner party. But when a devastating car accident leaves Cora paralyzed from the waist down, their future together is changed in the blink of an eye. As Cora’s depression leads to a dependence on prescription pain meds, Paul turns to the works of inspirational self-help author Gabrielle Lawson. After learning of the guru’s week-long retreat focused on "energetic healing", Paul convinces a skeptical Cora to attend.

Not long after the group arrives at the retreat center, located on a supposed "vortex site" in the remote Arizona highlands, strange things begin to happen. All of the attendees except Cora fall under Gabrielle’s charismatic spell, and even Cora cannot ignore the terrifying visions she begins to experience, which test her perception of reality and force her to question their leader’s true intentions. Is Gabrielle really an altruistic healer who simply wants to help others, or is she pursuing a much more nefarious agenda? Find out as author Dan Frey and award-winning narrator Kyla Garcia take listeners on a wild ride that explores the dark side of alternative spirituality.  

©2019 Dan Frey (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"Quick-paced mysterious yarn…great deal of fun…lively narrator…
wonderful effort all around."

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"The man had vanished, completely."
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About the Creator

Dan Frey is a writer of film, television, theater, and now, audio original fiction. With his screenwriting partner Ru Sommer, he has developed projects for Fox, Paramount, YouTube Premium, and the Disney+ streaming service, among others. The Retreat is his first audiobook. His next project, a novel entitled The Future, will be published in 2020. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Casey and their poodle Winston.

About the Performer

Kyla Garcia is a 10 time AudioFile Earphones Award Winner, ALA Honor recipient, and a two-time Audie nominee. Favourite storytelling moments include: originating the role of Sarah Ridge Polson in Sovereignty at Arena Stage (where she had the privilege of performing for Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Gloria Steinem!), creating the digital spoken-word series Herstory 101, and playing the title role in the pilot Blackwater. She is proud to be a brand ambassador for the Batey Girl's Sovereignty bracelet (10% of each sale benefits the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center).

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Captivating and thought-provoking

The Retreat is fascinating! It’s a thriller unlike any other. The narrative pulls you in deep, just like the supposed spiritual guru in the book, and the prose is concise yet beautiful. The novel really contends with some fascinating questions about healing, identity, and the ontology of reality. Plus, it’s just really fun. The narrator has the perfectly ethereal voice for this story.

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Twisty Debut Work

With THE RETREAT, the author's command of the craft is in fine display. A quick-paced mysterious yarn that should be a great deal of fun for anyone who enjoys surreal and heady spaces. Additionally, I don't think I've ever heard a more lively narrator - I can hear her enjoy her reading it as it happens. A wonderful effort all around.

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GREAT LISTEN!

What an exciting listen! Super intriguing & well read. Download if you want a story that will keep you intrigued.

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I was hooked immediately

This story blew me away! As a student and teacher of yoga and explorer of various new age spiritual practices, I can’t believe there hasn’t been a narrative yet looking into the dark side of new age mysticism. The author captures certain elements of that community perfectly and gave me chills so many times.
I love the protagonist of Cora and how strong and vulnerable she is at the same time. A multi-dimensional and superbly written hero.
Kyla Garcia nails it in the narration. And although you’re listening, this one is a true page turner!!

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Nice story, terrible narration...

Did I mention the narrator was terrible? Absolutely no ability to bring the words to life.

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oh my gosh

the novel in itself was fairly good. but the narration had me gritting my teeth. I wish I had read instead of listening. Evey sentence ended like a question and all the characters sounded the same . I ended up up skipping through chapters because I just couldnt endure her lilt any longer.. will not purchase anymore books with her as the narrator!

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I just cant.

I did my absolute best to try and get through this book but the narrator is just the worst.

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Don't waste your money/credits

So bad it was nearly painful...narration was good but the story...simply horrible! l purchased based on several 5-star ratings...I feel bamboozled!

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Terrible

I listen to this whole book and it was weird and terrible. Alternate reality, second sight all of which came in a confusing package that made almost no sense to me whatsoever. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

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  • 12-23-19

Couldn't stop listening!

The Retreat is a quick-paced, trippy thriller that had me hooked from the beginning! A very intriguing plot with unexpected twists right up to the end. Loved it!

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  • 12-16-19

Engrossing mystery

You don’t need to be a spiritualist to enjoy this audio book. A really good mystery and story. A very unique story and it captured my imagination.
I enjoyed the narration; the narrator has a very unique accent and an unusual inflection at the end of many sentences (which I certainly noticed as a Brit as I am used to English accents) but it worked well with this story, so I still very much enjoyed it.
I’m now off to find another Dan Frey book to listen to.