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FantasticLand Audiobook

FantasticLand: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?

Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?

FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.

©2016 Mike Bockoven (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Gillian 02/02/2018
    Gillian 02/02/2018 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!"

    When I started listening to this book, I was unsure about its format. I’m so glad I stuck with it. The whole premise is scary and disturbing in that it doesn’t stretch the listener’s credulity. The author has been very skilled at exploring several themes, such as climate change, the need for humans to feel like they belong, the effects of losing technology on young adults, violence and dereliction of duty, none of which is rammed down the listener’s ears. There are several narrators, some of whom are a bit irritating, especially the one who reads as if he’s in Bill and Ted’s Big Adventure. However, it is an American story so I’ll just have to get over myself! There is a lot of violence but the whole book is well written, well structured and is one that I won’t forget any time soon. Highly recommend.

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    sharon wharton 30/09/2017
    sharon wharton 30/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic!"

    i really enjoyed this book! i couldnt stop listening i needed to hear everyones stories from fantastic land! i was so realistic and pulls you right smack bang i the middle of it all... loved the narration too as this made it even more believeble! one of the best books ive purchased in a long time!

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    12/11/17
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    "Absurd...But awesome"

    This was one strange story- Performed in a 'mock interview' style, akin to 'World War Z' it was an attempt to piece together the events that happened at an amusement park that was cut off from society after a hurricane. When the rescue teams arrived they found carnage, and a place known for family fun was a complete warzone

    I'm not going to bother with any particular details other than to say that it was absurd but totally fantastic, pretty well written and the performance by the narrators was some of the best I have ever heard- The Female narrator did an especially outstanding job in conveying emotion and creating different personas that were believable and so well 'acted' that it 'felt' like a real interview was being conducted.

    I say this was absurd because it is- But not in a way that is unbelievable or way over the top. The fact is, I loved the story. My wife and I literally laughed at parts and cringed at others and felt emotion when it was merited...This book was made for audio, and I'm not sure how good it would have been in book form but the narration here was mind blowing, the story really draws you in and at the end you are left wanting more.

    This is one of those books ill be able to listen to again and again- Which is rare for me even if I enjoy the story. I was reluctant to buy this tbh and this has quickly moved to one of my favorite audible titles.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    11/10/17
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    "Disturbing... but in a thought provoking way"

    At first I thought I was gonna be turned off by the interview format but I have to say it worked. Wasn’t too gory so I really appreciated that part. Definitely enjoyed it

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • rachel lenhardt
    02/10/17
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    "So happy I stumbled onto this"

    This was a great book, now one of my favorites. I love the style and the story. Everything was so unique. I will be reading more from this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Megs
    02/10/17
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    This is the greatest book I've "read" in a long time. I listened to it at work and found myself stopping, mouth open, just listening to the horror. Brilliant writing especially in today's world with all the hurricanes going on. This took me back to my days working at a theme park which really enforced the creep factor. Everyone should read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    31/10/17
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    "a scarily thoughtful illustration"

    This book is a series of 20-something interviews conducted by a journalist after a load of young adults go Lord of the Flies in a theme park after being trapped by a hurricane. The interviews are not only with survivors who were in the park but with management staff who left before the hurricane struck, the park's owner and some of the military and police who were first in there during the rescue.

    Each 'interview' gives a wide view of what went on, with some overlap between some of the stories but overall it gives you a HUGE view of what went on from a variety of different perspectives. The beauty of this being that you get a whole range of different ideas as to why people would behave in this way - the story itself is pretty simple, the staff split off into groups when they realised they were trapped and then turned on each other. This book considers how little it would take to push even the most civilised human beings into killing each other off, given the right set of circumstances.

    It has some moments of goriness, but this book is a scarily thoughtful illustration of that 'right set of circumstances' so you feel yourself being swept up in the panic and violence.

    There aren't the words to do justice for the narration of this audiobook - Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels turn this already wonderful book into a performance to be remembered. Each 'interviewee' has their own distinctive voice and characterisation, bearing in mind there are more than 20 characters to be split between them - this is no mean feat.
    You can really believe that these are all different people giving an account of their experiences, also making it easy to split into sections to listen to during commutes etc. (I totally didn't do that, I spent all of Sunday afternoon cleaning out kitchen cupboards just so I could keep listening to it).

    I am so enthusiastic about this audio that I see myself recommending it to all my friends for weeks to come, not just forcing my other half to listen to some of the gorier bits.

    Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

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    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cee
    Arizona
    29/08/17
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    "Totally Believable"

    I listened to this audio book during the 2017 Texas Hurricane, Harvey, so to say it felt accurate and extra haunting is an understatement.
    This story is told in a documentary style, a reporter shares with us the thoughts and commentary of survivors that stayed in a Florida theme park to care for it after the storm hit. It has a 'Lord Of The Flies' feel, but ... not. Tragic survivors that overreact to their situation in every wrong way possible.
    It's very well written and the reason I'd chosen it was because my favorite narrator, Luke Daniels, narrates it. He does an amazing job giving each character their own personal voice, as the writer had given them specifically written personalities. This book is very engaging, supremely eerie, absolutely gross, completely realistic, utterly plausible, and held my attention enough that I listened to the entire book in one sitting. Then I listened to it again the following day.

    Two thumbs up, 5 Stars, 10 out of 10, Highly recommend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • R. MCRACKAN
    Raleigh, NC
    15/02/18
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    "What a ride"

    Very intense book. I enjoyed it a lot.

    I love this format. It will immediately remind anyone whose ever heard World War Z of that audiobook and for good reason. The narration was incredible. The only thing that could have been better is if they had 25 good narrators instead of just these 2 amazing people.

    The timeline was a bit aggressive. I would accuse them of having resorted to 'lord of the flies' mode way too early except I remembered that the infamous Stanford experiment all happened in less than a week. So maybe it wasn't as unrealistic as I'd like to think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Magestic
    Alexandria, VA
    09/02/18
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    "Amazing Book - Couldnt Stop Listening...again"
    Would you listen to FantasticLand again? Why?

    The book was authentic and believable. The characters had enough background and stories to make the characters memorable. The delivery from the voice actors only complimented the writing so much more.


    What other book might you compare FantasticLand to and why?

    The book reads like the World War Z, the zombie book. I had the same journalistic approach to different aspects of the same event - which was also a terrific book. It puts you in a frame of mind regarding what you would do in that situation, or give you details of what it would be like from that perspective, details people wouldn't normally think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes was the interview of the guy sleeping in the hotel rooms while trying to avoid the pig couple. I also like the scene of the parent leaving Fantastic land. Particularly, I loved the prisoner's interview back to the journalist from his perspective of being the mastermind of the Pirates. Additionally, I loved the back story of the owner of Fantastic land and what it was like to watch his theme park unfold in tragedy and what he tried to do about it as it happened.


    If you could rename FantasticLand, what would you call it?

    Nothing. The title is perfect. Fits the story. Hard to forget.


    Any additional comments?

    If all books were as entertaining as this, I would cease to be productive in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kennickie
    04/02/18
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    "Wow"

    First review I have written. Book had me hooked from the beginning. Amazing characterisations and the narrators hook you in.
    Do yourself a favour and listen to this book it will blow your mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • green ice cream garden
    miramar, FL United States
    31/01/18
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    "Exceeded expectations"

    No need to mention the similarities with other books or the writing format as that is well covered by other reviewers. The first 3-4 chapters were slow and I was thinking DNF. Understand, I'm a Florida native, which means I've ridden out my share of hurricanes (including a 5 cat) and visited the parks at nauseam. Therefore, the first few, set-up chapters were a boring and not exactly accurate. Putting aside a the disbelief and getting past those first few interviews, wow, I couldn’t put this book down. Again, I’ve seen hurricanes bring out the best and the absolute abhorrent attributes in people. This was that scenario played out in a playground with kids. What really pushed me to give this 5 stars, because I certainly wouldn’t recommend this for everyone, is the intense creepy factor. There’s plenty of gore, but man, there were 1-2 chapters that left me doing that little shiver-shake, covered with goose bumps. Another plus, in comparison with the other YA books, little to no annoying teenage angst. Consequently, if you love your Stephen King this will be a light read and if you’re a fan girl/boy of dystopian YA this may push your envelop a little. It exceeded my expectation either way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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