• Lost in the Never Woods

  • By: Aiden Thomas
  • Narrated by: Avi Roque
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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A Conversation with Aiden Thomas and Avi Roque

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Publisher's Summary

"There are moments of true tenderness, hope, and grief in this haunting, magical tale, and the narrator makes it all convincing. Teenage listeners will be drawn into this enchanting story." (Booklist, starred review)

When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can't remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road....

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

A Macmillan Audio production from Swoon Reads

Praise for Aiden Thomas and Cemetery Boys:

“This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic.” (Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift)

“Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self." (C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick)

©2021 Aiden Thomas (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

2021 Parents Magazine, Best Children's Books of the Year

Editor's Pick

A gripping reimagining of the Peter Pan fairy tale
I was a big fan of Peter Pan growing up, so when I read the description of Aiden Thomas's take on the fairy tale, I had to listen. Lost in the Never Woods sets up a nightmarish scenario: children are vanishing in a small town in Oregon where, several years earlier, Wendy Darling and her two brothers also went missing—but only she was found. This new spate of disappearing kids not only triggers memories of her missing brothers but also a sense of duty to try to save them. Then, Peter arrives. Thomas masterfully plays on Peter Pan lore, with a special focus on Wendy, Peter, and Peter’s missing shadow—now a literal phantom menace. Deep within, it’s a story about coming to terms with grief and complicated family dynamics brought on by Wendy’s trauma from years earlier. Thomas does a fantastic job mixing adventure with these darker themes, and narrator Avi Roque offers a balanced voice to light and dark parts equally. For those who are coming in after having consumed Thomas’s hit debut, Cemetery Boys, this will be a very different kind of listen. More serious in tone, it's still addictive—and full of twists and turns that make it virtually unpausable. —Edwin D., Audible Editor

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I had to read the physical copy of the book

I ended up having to switch to the physical copy of the book. The narrator on this one just didn't work for me. I had a hard time distinguishing the voices between a couple of the genders and main characters.

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Interesting turn of events

Enjoyed this book.
It wasn’t what I expected from a Neverland book!
Causally listening to it took about a week, but if you’re a hardcore listener or reader, would take about a Day or two.

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One of the best renditions of Pan I've ever seen.

Oh, this book was very, very surprising!

With Wendy as the titular character, I was unsure what to expect but was so, SO satisfied! The story is absolutely riveting; and kept me hooked to continue listening!

The reveal scene, the villain, the ending! All of them were unexpected and perfectly blended into the overall story. I actually want a sequel to this!

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Just didn't need re-imagining

Had to put it on 3x speed to finish. Peter Pan as a love interest is kinda creepy.

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Wow! Emotional perspective!

I went into this knowing the jist of Peter Pan. I've never heard it told from this angle! It was neat and throughout the book I kept thinking I was maybe bored but then something would happen to suck me back in.

The end was emotional and I found myself having to snap out of it and remind myself that this is make believe when my eyes began to water! lol

The narrator was good. His voices of females was funny to me and made the best friend seem even more interesting.

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What a great story!

Oh my goodness, if you love Peter Pan you will love this book! It’s such a great read. My fiancé is raving about this book to all of her co-workers and friends.

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decent story

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this was a decent story I enjoyed some parts a lot, though I wish there were more fantastical elements it was a very mundane setting. Peter was the best part of the story for sure and I wish it had focused more on him. Wendy was hard to like as a character. She had the personality of a dried up cheerio you find under a car seat. The male voices in the story were done well but the female voices made me want to quit the book (especially jordans character) I will be having valley girl nightmares for a while but nothing as bad as the children's voices 😬
Side note I was convinced for some time that Wendy's father seemed like such a controlling abusive alcoholic that I suspected he was the killer. He never redeemed himself for me. Just another yelling scotch soaked moustache in the sea of imperfect father characters.

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Reads like bad fanfiction

I was honestly very confused about who this book was written for. It's labeled as YA, but reads very childlike until the last couple of chapters where it gets dark. I really don't understand why the narrator is a man, when the story is from Wendy's perspective. Thought that the premise was interesting, but it was not executed well and the book dragged on. I had to speed the book up to 1.25 to finish it. If you really love the original Peter Pan this might be your cup of tea, but if not, I would suggest leaving it alone.

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great read!

I really liked the person that read this book. His voices and Inflections were always spot on with how I imagined the story!

This is definitely a spooky twist on the normal Peter Pan story.

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Cute!

Usually I stay away from YA novels because the love story annoys me so I almost didn’t purchase this one. But I actually loved the story as a whole and even the “love story” if you can call it that as it’s only a fraction of the book, and the ending was cute! Actually recommend!

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  • Sarah
  • 04-01-21

Regretting impulse buy

This was an impulse buy - and I have buyer remorse.

Lost in the Never Woods is a reworking of Peter Pan and had the potential to be amazing. Unfortunately it is not.

The story is mediocre at best. It should be fun, fast-paced and full of action - just like the original Peter Pan. Instead it has a lacklustre storyline, a dull heroine and very little of the real essence of Pan - magic.

Worst of all, however, is the narrator. Avi Roque seems to stumble through this reading with a blocked up stuffy nose, and appears unable to run more than a few words together - often cutting up sentences in a most annoying way.

All in all - this is a spectacular disappointment. Both the author and narrator managed to suck all the magic out of a favourite childhood tale.

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  • Tabatha Michael
  • 04-21-21

Spin on a classic done right!

Loved it! Great spin on a classic, would recommend if you like dark twists!

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  • Angela
  • 01-24-22

Atmospheric and mysterious

This wasn't the Peter Pan retelling I was anticipating, the story remains in present-day Astoria with feats to the haunted woods. The author does a great job at setting the scene and building atmosphere, and I loved the premise and concept of the shadow, but regrettably, this went slow for me. The final chapters really took it to the next level and I wish it had kept this momentum from the start. Worth a listen though if you want another take on Peter Pan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-21

Heartbreaking but beautiful

This was such a well written, suspenseful book. It broke my heart but also showed that things can get better. With time.