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Summary

The stakes are high...Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other. And one of them is not who he or she claims. Seven fight to escape. Six try to solve the mystery of who lured them there and why. Five... Four... Will anyone survive New Year Island?

©2013, 2014 Paul Draker (P)2014 Paul Draker

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Possibly the worst audiobook I've ever bought...

Where to start, annoying implausible characters with their utterly average "extraordinary" back stories? (she's a survivor because she once broke her thumb - "totz omg!" as I believe the youth say today) Or the plot holes and continuity errors? Or the annoying, implausible characters?

I know, I'll start with the eyes. And the bluffs. Dear god, before this book I suspect I'd heard the word "bluffs" about 5 times in my life. I'm pretty sure I'm currently running at a couple of dozen times per chapter. Per character. Of which there are about 13.

To get an accurate idea of the content please use the following basic paragraph planner:

(Character A) stands (geographic reference ie; above the, below the, next to the, in the shadow of the) bluffs, their (inset adjective and colour ie tungsten grey) eyes (insert authorial verb ie flashing, glowering, sparking) at (insert character B) as they stand (insert geographic reference) the bluffs with their (insert adjective and colour) eyes (insert verb and direction ie "cast downwards". Character A, who has no prior knowledge of character B will then voice why this hitherto stranger has (angered, disappointed, betrayed etc) them despite the fact they owe each other nothing.


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"Camilla stood on the edge of the bluffs, her emerald eyes flashing in anger as she stared at JT who stood in the shadow of the bluffs gazing towards the horizon visible above with his languid caramel eyes. Camilla was furious that JT, who she had met 30 seconds earlier whilst walking along the bluffs, hadn't realised the depth of the trauma she had been caused after receiving a parking ticket 9 years earlier."

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And so on

It's a book so terribly written it drives me to incoherence, the basic plot of a Survivor snuff series being interesting enough to keep you sucked in but everything else conspiring to make you launch the cd out of the window.

On the plus side the narrator does a great job!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing mystery

Great characters, interesting backdrop and a mystery you think you've solved early on, but you're not even close. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or is interested in human behaviour.

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Good premise but got a little lost along the way

Wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book, the idea seemed interesting and thought it could be pretty good. Things started off pretty well and was doing a great job of building the characters, but then things started to go a little of course, some characters just became more and more annoying and unbelievable, the stories conclusion and the final reveal was a bit of a letdown to me. Made it through it all but not very memorable and not sure if I would go for any Paul Draker stuff again. Teri Schnaubelt did do a great job at the narration however.

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  • Joyce Munden
  • 01-04-15

AREALLY GOOD LISTEN!

Some sections of the book were pretty unrealistic. It is a a work of fiction after all. I couldn't stop listening. You can't ask for a better recommendation. The narration was excellent.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • 01-01-15

Wow, just wow!

Holy Moly was this ever a good book! I mean WOW!!! This is a horror / adventure / suspense / mystery / edge of your seat thrill ride and more. It's like survivor meets the hunger games. It was such a good read, I stayed up way to late just so I could finish it. This book had me on the edge of my seat. Every time I thought the story was coming to an end, something else would happen! It has so many twists and turns in it and some of the characters are really twisted too. If you like Steven King books, you will love this book too!

Someone had an idea to make a new reality show on a deserted island and it would only last 2 weeks. The contestants were wined and dined on a huge yacht (that turned out to be rented) and promised the winner of the event would get 5 million dollars tax free. Naturally the contestants all jumped on the idea and signed up. Little did they know that all contestants were chosen for a reason and that reason would be discovered down the road.

As the days go by contestants start to disappear and / or die. Everyone is suspicious about everyone else and no one trusts any one! The entire island has cameras every where. Then a few days in, the contestants are told that this is going to be an internet and pay per view betting sensation. People are actually betting on each contestant and what they think the contestants next moves will be. The contestants also learn they have several things in common with one of them being they are are a survivor of something in their past.

This book was just incredible! The author, Paul Draker totally blew my mind with this story. So well written and the imagination it took to come up with all the details. The narrator, Teri Schnaubelt is one of my favorite narrators and always entertaining with all her voices and accents! This book itself, is a fantastic bargain at 725 pages in book format or 23 hours in audio... what a deal!

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-15

A well-performed WhoDunnit with a bit of gore

Would you consider the audio edition of New Year Island to be better than the print version?

I have not (and may not) read a print book of this size. I enjoyed the audio version, however.

What was one of the most memorable moments of New Year Island?

Some of the descriptions of characters, particular toward the end, were quite graphic. I do not want to give away the conclusion, but some of the images in my head toward the end as a threat was described were actually somewhat disturbing to picture.

What does Teri Schnaubelt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought her voice work was excellent. It was quite easy to differentiate the characters and really detect the emotions flowing through each as a result. The rest of the narration was also good -- She injected quite a bit of personality that added to the "whodunnit" mystique.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's Survivor with a twist - AND it's personal.

Any additional comments?

I knocked one star off from the story because, by the end, I was literally begging for an epilogue. There isn't much closure once the threat is resolved as to how those who remained carried on with their lives, told their stories to others, experienced the aftermath, etc. I also knocked off one star because the author repeated a lot of emotional turmoil going through the character's heads several times. A few I would understand, but I felt it eventually became overly repetitive at times. There were also a couple of unresolved threads I would have liked more explanation on.

None of these make me regret using my credit on this, however. Highly recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Frode
  • 26-06-15

Almost perfect! Just almost!

What made the experience of listening to New Year Island the most enjoyable?

I loved the story! Not only was it a great story, it was so fun! But, yeah there is a BUT, but the middle was a BIT long!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Tv does not kill, people do"

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • 09-03-15

Exciting plot and great characters.

What did you love best about New Year Island?

The story kept going and didn't just abruptly end without wrapping up the story line.

What was one of the most memorable moments of New Year Island?

Constant plot twists.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, although I rationed it out over the painting job I was completing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Trudy's Mom
  • 26-03-15

Good scary story---way too long

Different terror, mystery story. I liked how we were gradually introduced to the players in the story, and the novel island location. I had difficulty keeping the players and their personalities straight, because there were quite a few of them. It was scary tale, filled with gore and pure terror. My main turn-off was the cursing. It might have been appropriate to the story, but jarring and off-putting to me. I liked it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • 08-06-15

Good listen.

Interesting story. Pulled me in and kept me guessing. Really fast paced for such a long read.

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  • Layla Mabbitt
  • 04-06-15

Interesting Revenge story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes.

What does Teri Schnaubelt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gives the characters, personality and her voice brings life to the characters.

Was New Year Island worth the listening time?

Yes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • S.A.W.
  • 01-06-15

Exciting!!!

The narrator is really good and the story is exciting. Lots of twists and turns. Fun atmosphere and good characters

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  • Marzia Lana
  • 28-05-15

Wow outstanding

It really was a surprise, I 'm looking forward to reading something else written by Draker!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful