Dream Woods

  • by Patrick Lacey
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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.

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- Tad B.

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!
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- Maximilia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2016
  • Publisher: Patrick Lacey