Dream Park : Dream Park

  • by Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Dream Park
  • 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "The South Seas Treasure Game". As in the early Role Playing Games, there are Dungeon Masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology,they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever storyline. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure.
All's fun and games until a Park security guard is murdered, a valuable research property is stolen, and all evidence points to someone inside the game. The park's head of security, Alex Griffin, joins the game to find the killer, but finds new meaning in the games he helps keep alive.


What the Critics Say

"Unadulterated wish fulfillment." (Locus)


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This book was written in 1981, which if read then would be more exciting. This was early even for the gaming world. At one point they even mention flat screen television. Parts of the book were exciting while other parts were not so much. Dream Park is a park where all the rides are virtual reality type rides and they can be pretty intense. About once a year the park sponsors a several day virtual game. The players pay thousands of dollars to play and come from all around the world, except I guess they all speak English ( kind of an oversight by the authors). There are a lot of problems with this book. First it is hard to get too excited when players don't really die, it is kind of like watching your brother play video games, how exciting is that. Second they throw in a mystery, which you'll have figured out almost as soon as it happens. The authors need to stick to Sci-fi and Fantasy not mystery. Third, a real murder takes place and no real cops are called in, because they game is too important. Fourth, a real murder takes place and when they find out who did it they let him go, so the game will not suffer and we are suppose to feel sorry for a thief who facilitated the murder. I having said all that the concept is pretty cool and I will probably read some of the other books in this series. Stefan Rudnicki is the narrator and like usual he does a great job.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!"

Fantasy Ambush

The book is well written, but it really shouldn't be in the Sci-Fi genre. It is a fantasy book chocked full of elfin magic. I don't care for this kind of book. Also, the crime mystery sub-story is so easy to figure out.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios