• Ghostland

  • Ghostland Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Duncan Ralston
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Ghostland

By: Duncan Ralston
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
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Publisher's Summary

People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out.

Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth!

After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user.

But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.

With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape...or become Ghostland's newest exhibits.

©2019 Duncan Ralston (P)2020 Tantor

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loved it!

Right from the beginning it was non stop action and a veritable smorgasbord of ghosts. Reminded me a bit of 13 Ghosts but with more variety. I really liked the main characters and at the end found myself getting emotional. The narrator was perfect. Literally the only thing I wasn't too keen on was the author's tendency to describe the breasts of all the female characters. I'm definitely looking forward to his next book but I would hope for an equal amount of description of bulges and breasts.

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Woke and Weak

ok...yes there is some violence in the last 3rd of the book but it's still very juvenile.

the writing is on maybe a 5th grade level.

It's kind of a cool idea... like Jurassic Park only with ghosts instead dinosaurs, but the execution is laughable.

the "scientific explanation" of how actual ghosts can be on display in a theme park is convoluted and distractingly stupid .

it's full of cliche metaphors and corny references, but the coup de grace of stupid is the very on the nose woke message. see... ghosts are a group that is being discriminated against by evil capitalists... I kind you not... the whole book is a freaking ham handed metaphor for racism.

I am mad at myself for buying this piece of crap. if thought that I could convince audible to take it back, I would definitely ask for a refund!

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action packed crazy land;)

I really enjoyed this book, 2 companions racing agaisnt a mad man in a haunted amusement attraction. cannot wait for book 2.

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Reads like a YA novel.

Couldn't get into this, overall this feels like a YA novel, even the narration feels childish.

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A Thrill Ride of Both Horror and Heart

Duncan Ralston's Ghostland seamlessly blends elements of 13 Ghosts (or the more high-tech remake, Thirteen Ghosts), Jurassic Park, and The Matrix into a thrill ride of a story. Thankfully, it's marginally less exciting than the Ghostland attraction itself. Otherwise, Ralston would be responsible for a lot of carnage.
Something Ben Laramie catches a glimpse of when he witnesses his favorite author's house inexplicably transported through town is enough to stop the young boy's heart. It can't possibly be Rex Garrote standing in the window and seemingly staring back at him because Rex Garrote has been dead longer than Ben's been alive. But as the world will learn over the following years, death isn't quite the conclusion most people believe.
On the opening day of the Ghostland theme park, Ben manages to recruit his former best friend Lillian and her therapist to join him as he enters the park on a mission they know nothing of. Since his heart attack, Ben has set his sights on one objective, and it's one he's willing to sacrifice himself to accomplish.
What starts as a coming-of-age reflection on mortality rapidly transforms into a harrowing and violent struggle for survival amid the exploration of the most haunted places in the world all in one place. Ralston paces everything perfectly, never wasting a beat as he drags us along with Ben and Lillian through a gauntlet that only the luckiest can hope to escape. As he leads us to a conclusion that is both satisfying and open-ended for the sequels, the author displays keen storytelling instincts that should impress anyone daring enough to enter Ghostland.
Joe Hempel is always a thoroughly competent and capable narrator, and his performance for the Ghostland audiobook is no exception.

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Completely Forgettable

The author attempted to fuse 13 Ghosts, Jurassic Park, and House on Haunted Hill, and it just didn't work. The storyline didn't work and it came off as disconnected and amateur at best. I found myself having to constantly backup chapters bc the story didn't hold my attention. There were some interesting parts but mostly it just droned on with unnecessary details for hours.

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Awesome book

It’s a bit gory but that’s horror these days for you... The author left a way for him to ( I’m assuming) write a second follow up book to this one. I honestly can’t wait!! This book is like a crazy ,scary roller coaster... it makes you think how the hell are they going to do that?? If you like ghosts and you like some gore then this book is for you!!!

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Great Story Check , Horror check , A movie uncheck

I've been searching for a good ghost story recently non of the most of the audible out here are any good , but "Ghostland" wins my vote , it has interesting characters, Horror at maximum, could use some twists and more suspense but overall great experience. It got some similarities with ghost movies like 13th ghosts and others " Don't want to spoil it" and enjoyed it . It could have the narration to be more how to say it" more imitative" to the characters voices or panicked voices but nonetheless he did a good job. looking forward for the rest of the books and hopefully one day a good movie with James Wan directing it .

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Loved it!! A must read/listen to book.

I loved this book! Characters are so well developed. It’s a whole new take on ghosts! And almost right away there is an unexpected shock. Love it when books suck me in from the very start. You must right a continuance (or have you already?). I read a lot of “end of the world “ books and may I say apocalypse by ghosts (Ghost Apocalypse sounds better lol) is brilliant! Oh and that line about “shaving an asshole and putting him in a uniform” cracked my up! 5 ✨ narrator does a great job also!!

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Just Okay

I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. It was just okay. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters nor the town. The narrator didn't really give me what I needed, he was just okay. Not sure if I will read the next book.

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  • SarahC1985
  • 03-18-20

Truly fantastic read.

Best book I’ve read in a long time. Terrifyingly detailed, truly an emotional rollercoaster. There were times even I was afraid and, like Lillian and Ben, I’m a hardened horror fan. But I can’t lie, I’d have absolutely loved to go to a place like that, although the glasses wouldn’t do much good for me, as I wouldn’t be able to see anything. Headset definitely yes. There were a lot of times Lillian frustrated me, especially when we find out why she acted the way she did. I felt sorry for Ben throughout. Absolutely brilliant. I love Duncan’s imagination. That would be so awesome if it was real. This satisfies all my cravings for a theme park of horror and then some. If horror’s your thing, you have to experience this. That technology would be amazing to experience. The tram ride was one of my favourite parts. Didn’t see that coming. I’d love to experience A.R. or V.R. of any kind, but especially horror! Another brilliant narration by Mr. Hempel too. I also loved Duncan's Stephen King references to Christine and the shining. Incidentally, I agree with Ben. The mini series of the shining is much truer to the book than the film is!

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