Welcome to Monsterland - the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?
©2015 Michael Phillip Cash (P)2015 Michael Phillip Cash
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"Profanity, not for younger kids"
My son (age 7) wanted to hear this book because he liked the idea of an amusement park with monsters. But we only got a few minutes in before I had to turn it off. The author uses some pretty harsh language in the book, and I didn't think the profanity was needed (from a story-telling or character development point of view). I'm not a prude and I don't mind that language for the audiobooks I listen to as an adult, but this book seemed targeted at a younger audience.
We didn't get very far into the book. He seemed to be trying a little too hard to put in a lot of high-vocabulary words, to the point it was a little distracting. By the end of the first chapter things settled down a little, so maybe it's not so bad further in. He wasn't very good at setting things up in the prologue, we couldn't tell what was going on until the end and it was a little annoying.
He was really stiff, and it seemed like he hadn't read the book or even looked it over before he sat down to read the script. Because the author struggled with his language a little bit, the combination really detracted from the story.
I didn't get past chapter 1, so I don't have a valid opinion here.
It may be useful to put a little more info on the description of this story, so other parents don't blunder into this one without a warming that it's better suited for older teens.
"Would you survive Monsterland?"
I purchased a ecopy of this book and decided to upgrade it to the audio version. My review is for the audio version.
First let's talk about the narrator. The narrator did a great job giving a voice to this story. He captured all the different characters very well without it being cheesy. He spoke in a nice flow which made to story go fairly quickly. After just a couple of sittings I was done and a little sad because I wanted the story to continue.
Second let's talk about the story. You have several point of views. It was done really well and I didn't confused which is nice. I liked all the characters but Wyatt was my favorite. He was a well rounded young man who would make any mother proud. I also really enjoyed Carter. I liked the concept of the story I found it to be a refreshing take on a unique concept. When explaining to my husband what I was reading, I referred to it as Jurassic Park meets vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I loved it. I really couldn't believe how quick it flew by for me. My favorite part was in the beginning when the boys were discussing who would win in a fight. It was such a pure moment of teenageness. It made me laugh and I found that I loved Wyatt instantly.
Overall, I was impressed with the writing and narrator. It was the first book I have read from this author and it won't be the last. I hope to find another one of the author's books that flow like this one.
"A theme park where the monsters are real"
An entertaining story where zombies, werewolves and vampires are the captive main attractions in a Disney type theme park. With hints of Juracic Park, this quick read will entertain you with its appealing characters and interesting storyline. I liked the realistic depiction of family interactions and problems, and that in a story full of monsters, it's the human that are the biggest "monsters" of all. The narration in the audiobook is great, it enhances the story and brings the characters to life. Dan McGowen has a great voice and does both male and female voices very well. Overall, this is a quick, enjoyable story. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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